-Welcome toThe Daily Show.
-Treat to be here. Um, you are doing
what many experts believe is the impossible. You are running
against Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. Why would you embark
on a suicide mission? (laughter) ‘Cause I think
it’s a really important one. And, uh,
whether I’m successful or not, I think we need to have
a conversation about where we’re going
as Republicans and where we’re going
as a country. -So, let’s-let’s… let’s start
with that. -(applause) Let’s start
with that conversation, -Yeah.
-and let’s ask the questions. Where do you think Republicans
have lost their way? In your opinion, what do you
think the Republican Party has lost under Donald Trump? A number of things
that used to be, really, hallmarks
of the Republican Party. If you stop and think about this
notion of financial stewardship, whether you agree or disagree, at least Republicans
were recognized fortryingon that front. If you look at debt and deficits
and government spending, they have spun
indeed out of control -under this president’s watch.
-Right. He’s called himself
the King of the Debt, and we’re headed
for real troubles on that front, which is worth
a longer conversation. I think we’re missing it on
looking inward versus outward. What has distinguished
our civilization, really from the time of World
War II, World War I, has been an outward look that has
profited this nation mightily at many different levels. I think we’re missing it
with regard to institutions. If you stop and think about it, institutions are the framework
that hold the balance of power that our Founding Fathers
put in place, and… and what
the president’s doing, when he says that Jerome Powell, the Chairman
of the Federal Reserve, is an enemy of the state,
what you’re doing is really degrading
the institutional framework that holds our balance of power
in place. And finally, the president’s
missing it on tone. You know, you can say
the right thing, you say it in the wrong way,
nobody’s listening. And-and I saw it
in the congressional district that I used to represent. Literally, working moms,
soccer moms, young millennials turned away in droves,
so much so that that district, which has been Republican
for the last 50 years, went Democrat for the first time
in 50 years, all largely, frankly,
based on tone. So we could get
into those things, but those would be four keys as to sort of
where I’m coming from. That’s an interesting one
to bring up, tone and the way
that you say things. Could it then be construed
that what you’re saying is what Donald Trumpdoes
is not necessarily the worst, but the manner that he does it
in is particularly bad. So would you be selling
to people basically a PG version of Trump’s ideas?
Is that what you’re saying? -(laughing) -No. I don’t want
to leave you misinterpreted. ‘Cause when you say
tone is a major thing do you think those voters
literally went, “We like the policies, we just
don’t like the way he speaks, -and so that’s what’s
gonna turn us off.” -Yeah. I mean, there are
a lot of conservatives that like what he’s getting at
with regard to conservative judiciary,
or a tax cut or dereg. They-They like those things
as items on an agenda. But what they’ve also said is
we’re not gonna put up anymore with the tweets;
we’re just sick of it. This is–
There’s something wrong with somebody standing
in a bathrobe at 3:00 a.m. tweeting some
strange message out. Uh… And… You’re with me there,
aren’t you? Well, you’re assuming
he’s wearing a bathrobe, -but carry one.
-Okay. -(laughter) -I mean…
-(applause) Fair enough.
Fair enough. -But, but… Yeah. Yeah.
-Yeah, no, no. -I understand what you’re
saying, so, so… -Yeah. Yeah. I mean, it’s not leadership,
and it’s not– I-I-It’s not engaging the way that leaders
have to engage with folks that-that
bring about change. Whether that’s
at the elected level, or whether that’s at
the voter level. Here’s one thing that
always gets me, though, is I’ve had
the privilege of speaking to many Republican leaders
and lawmakers who say what you’re saying
in a very similar fashion. You know, Trump does not
represent the party, and this is not
what Donald Tr– what the Republican Party
is all about. Donald Trump is not that.
But my question is, if Donald Trump
does not represent the Republican Party, then why is he so popular
with Republican voters? Is it possible that he doesn’t
represent the party or do you think
that maybe yourselves as the lawmakers
have lost touch with what Republican voters
actually want? That’s the $94 question. That’s what I’ll find out over
the course of this campaign. Uh, so i-it’s either– all the conversations I had
over 25 years of politics in the House
and two terms as governor– either they didn’t matter and they weren’t real,
or they were. If they did matter,
those small business folks that I was talking to
that were struggling to make it, the family gathered around
the kitchen counter saying, you know, how do we put
our checkbook together, and make their numbers work
as a family– If those conversations were real then my campaign’s gonna have some level of currency
and it’s gonna move forward because the way the president
is moving us is in the opposite direction. I mean, we’re headed
for the-the big… This is… I-I…
Well, I’m on a comedy show, so this doesn’t fit,
but we’re headed for the biggest financial storm
our country has ever seen outside of the Great Depression.
That’s where we’re headed. So, the value equation
with Trump is economic. People will put up
some weird stuff, but they say,
“Well, my 401(k) is doing okay, -and I got a job.”
-Right. But-but the course
that he’s leading on is the equivalent of the family
that lives down the street that seems to be
incredibly prosperous, but it turns out
they’re-they’re… they’re creating this illusion
based on credit cards. That’s what we’re doing
as a nation, and we got to have
a conversation on it, ’cause, frankly, neither
Republicans nor Democrats are talking about it right now. So, if a Republican voter
is out there, and they’re seeing
your campaign, what are you offering
to a Republican? Because you’re not trying to run
as a Democrat. -Sure. -You’re not trying
to change that. -You’re saying, “No,
I am a Republican.” -Correct. And there are many Republicans
who would say to you, “We’re getting the tax cuts
that we want. “They may not have benefitted
the middle class “and lower income earners
as they were, you know… “as they were promised, “but we’re getting
the tax cuts we wanted. “We’re getting
stricter immigration “the way we wanted it. “We’re getting a president
who cares about America and nobody else in the world.” -So what are you offering
Republicans? -(laughs) What are you offering
Republican voters, then? Why would they leave Trump
to vote for you? I-I’m offering them truth,
which is the econo… When he talks
about a great economy, it’s an economy that’s fake
based on credit card buildup. I mean,
we’re running the highest debt we’ve ever run in peacetime. We’re running
the highest deficits we’ve ever run in peacetime. The spending that drives both. And-and we’re working ourselves into an absolute math trap. I mean, it’s telling
that Admiral Mike Mullen, who was the former chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when asked– this is
a military person speaking– when asked,
“What’s the biggest threat to the American civilization?” His answer is not the Taliban, not the Chinese,
not the Russians. The American debt. We have got to have
a conversation as Americans– and this is a good part of why
I’m running– on that front. So what I’m offering
is simply saying, “This is the truth.”
And we can pretend there’s a great economy
’cause we’re propping it up. We can pretend that these jobs
are gonna be there, but they’re not
if you look at the math behind where we’re headed
as a nation, and we’re headed there quickly. You’re an interesting candidate
in that you may be the only candidate
I’ve ever heard say, “I don’t think I will win,
and that is fine. But I’m running
for a different purpose.” Why is that? I have four sons that I love, and there are a lot of kids
and grandkids that I don’t know that, uh, you love
or folks in the audience love. What you can’t do… I come from the coast
of South Carolina. We have hurricanes
that regularly hit our coast. If you’re a weatherman and you’ve been involved
in politics for a long time and have some degree of record on deficits and spending
and those sorts of things, to look at what’s coming our way
and simply say nothing… Uh, in other words,
our ability… I mean, we’re playing
with the fire that breaks apart civilizations. You look at where we’re going
on spending. You look at where we’re going
on institutions. You look at where we’re going
on civility and tone. Those are the things
that break apart a civilization. And as one who’s had experience,
again, this is, again,
a preposterous proposition -at many different levels,
-Mm-hmm. but friends came me–
uh, to me for a year. Th-Their point after
my election loss last June was, “God just cleared your calendar
for a reason. I know what it is.”
I’m so, like– I’m so glad you got
the direct connect. Fill me in. But their point was,
“No, you need to do this. “Here’s the why.
You’ve been involved in this for a long time. Please just go
out and talk about it.” And so that’s what I’ve begun,
and here we are. -Okay, so then final question
before I let you go. -Yeah. As a Republican who says
you’re not drinking the Kool-Aid -with regards to Trump,
-(chuckles) -let’s talk about today’s news
-Yeah. -and let’s talk about the news
that’s been… -I mean, wait… -But I’m not so much so
-No. that he came after me in my– I mean, how often does the
president of the United States go after a sitting member
of Congress of his own party to take him out?
I mean, that means -you’re really not drinking
the Kool-Aid. -Yes. Definitely. Definitely. So, let’s talk
about the news that– -as it’s happening right now.
-Yeah. You have Donald Trump
facing impeachment. You have
Donald Trump releasing– his White House releasing
transcripts of calls -between him and Ukraine.
-Right. You have now news breaking
just today about Australia -and possibly Italy
and him using Barr -Mm-hmm. and Mike Pompeo on the phone.
What do you make of this? First, most importantly,
do you think what he did -was appropriate with Ukraine?
-Absolutely not. Okay. Do you think
it is an impeachable offense? I don’t want
to prejudge the process. Uh, in other words,
it would seem to me that the ans–
logical answer is yes. I want them to– I mean, I’m not on the committee
of jurisdiction. -I want them to go
through their process. -Right. But it would seem to me,
at first glance, that that’s where you’d end up. But, again, I’m not
gonna prejudge the process. And wh-why would you say
it’s inappropriate? Why? Because what you don’t do
as president of the United States is say, “Why don’t we get
our attorney general involved “with a foreign power
to help wipe out a domestic political foe?” That crosses a red line. Well, I guess you’re
not drinking the Kool-Aid. -(laughs) -Thank you so much
for being on the show. Good luck with the race.
It’s gonna be interesting. Mark Sanford, everybody.

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100 thoughts on “Mark Sanford – Running Against Trump as a Republican in 2020 | The Daily Show”

  1. This is confusing. He likea his policies yet he thinks Trump is leading the country to a financial collapse. So, his policies which they like are failing.

  2. Hi is too boring, too normal. People are already used to the reality show styled presidency Trump offers and he knows it. The US and the world are very entertained with Trump.

  3. I know words. I'm the smartest person you're ever going to meet. I have a very very big brain. I have the highest IQ of anyone you're ever going to meet. I'm a very stable genius.

    What smart person says such incredibly stupid things?

  4. I liked what he had to say actually. We have to remember that if he would hope for ANY chance whatsoever to even remotely challenge Trump, he cannot focus all his attention on name-calling. That would just let Trump and co. paint a narrative of him being a "Democrat operative" or whatever. If he can challenge Trump on his policies as a Republican then he might turn at least some heads.

  5. I have to agree with Mark. There was a time when cash was king. Now we live under a facade of a promise to pay. The only secure currency is gold it seems. I don’t know if cutting our credit cards is the answer. It certainly doesn’t seem that bad an idea. Maybe we as a country should tighten our belts a bit and pay what’s owed.

  6. To sum up: he supports all the economic decisions that Trump has made and asserts that the greatest danger to the nation is the failing economy. Run against Trump because someone must. But don't piss on America's collective heads and claim that after the trillion dollar tax cut to billionaires and corporations, the only solution is cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, because that's the big GOP plan and has been for decades. Inflate the economy and then pay for it by cutting social infrastructure programs that keep people from starving to death.

  7. Tones? This is just scratching the surface. Rep. Are so blindsided that they elected the world biggest lier and cheater that has no concept of work values was the problem.

  8. You too soft mr.Aspirant…I bet if Trump doesn't get impeached NO Republican can stand him period!!. Is unfortunate, we now live in a World where the masses embrace foolishness and violence.

  9. Republicans are fiscally responsible? Ever hear of Reagan? Tripled the debt. The first thing GW Bush did when he found a federal surplus after Clinton left? Instantly turned it into a deficit — a trillion-dollar annual deficit (and crashed economy) by the time he left. That annual deficit was nearly cut in half by the time Obama left and the economy had recovered. Now we're back to trillion dollar deficits during a supposed great economy. Just more GOP misinformation.

  10. It's all fine and good to discuss the 🇺🇸 economy but why is everyone tippy toeing around the noticeable rise of racism in America post Trump's presidency… Ijs…

  11. Finally! A Republican being interviewed.

    Make this a regular thing Trevor. Don’t be afraid to throw jabs at the Democrats either.

  12. Finally someone from the GOP is talking truth about the "fake" economic prosperity. First thing Trump did was get rid of Obama's regulations put forth after the housing disaster holding banks accountable for predatory lending. For the last 2 years I have been calling the Trump faithful on his economy claims just being another bubble filling up and we are heading to a crash and recession and now after the ship may have already sailed people are finally fucking seeing it. It wasn't the 30+ credit card offers a week in their mailbox, not interest rates at 0 and houses being sold in mass to people who can't afford them, no, that is prosperity to them, millions of Americans getting temporary jobs with the money put into infrastructure will cause mass job loss in the next few years and bills won't get paid, and we have no idea what those folks are going to do for work. Now republican bean counters and Presidential hopefuls are saying it maybe it will get through, Trump is tanking the american economy on all fronts just like one of his many busted businesses, it will be handed to the next Pres and blamed on him by the brain dead MAGA community, and we as tax payers will have to pay for it again. He needs to go, a two bit con man and thief that suckered a lot of fucking ignorant people, he is no master business man or stable genius, he is a stooge and a sellout and unfortunately he is also the President and his shit decisions effect us ALL right or left. So perhaps get off the soap boxes and do what is correct for the country as a whole not your echo chamber.

  13. so he's okay with what Trump has done and the policies he's supported and pushed including rolling back regulations such as, automobile fuel economy, emission standards, setting corporate tax under 30% while most Americans will see a 75%+ tax increase before the next four year presidential term is over, his foreign policy and many other areas of concern I can't list here? That's all good, he just doesn't use the right tone, GTFO.

    So just another terrible example of a human who wants to be in the White House, great.

  14. Yeah but the President tweets because the media refuses to report what he wants the people to know and reports fake news.

  15. Honestly good luck to him but it won't even be close for Trump given how the Republican party just doesn't care.

  16. So… Basically. For the second time in a row, a republican held government has driven our country onto the ledge of financial disaster.

  17. 🤔 if the only positive thing Trump has done for the American people is,We never again allow absolute power to an insane child.For democracy to thrive more checks and balances need to be established. Laws so buttoned down that NO MAN (or his family)can operate outside the laws of this land. Perhaps buying an island to send all want to be kings to live not such a bad idea!😉

  18. What a clown. He wants Trump without the mean tweets. In essence he wants the hood on when the Knight riders get in Power

  19. Sanford is right, we're deep in debt, it threatens our civilization, and neither Republicans nor Democrats even discuss the issue. Democrats care most about the climate while Republicans care most about the Mexican border. Of course, there's one exception, Tulsi Gabbard, who is much better than the other Democratic candidates but, like Sanford, has gone nowhere in the polls. The voters have only themselves to blame.

  20. Im Republican. I hate Trump. I didnt vote for him and will not next election. I of course will never vote Democrat, but nor will I ever vote Trump. I guess ill be sitting another election out if my choice is down to a Democrat and Trump.

  21. Anyone running as a Republican today is worthless to the people. They all adore what President Bone Spurs has done, what they WANT is someone easier to gaslight and run cover for. They're all bought and paid for, corrupt, detatched, criminals. 45 is a goddamn disgrace. Saying his "polices" are good but they need a different tone is like saying his shit is good, it just needs to be a lighter brown. Eff. Off.

  22. When Obama was president the debt was a huge deal for most republicans, now that Trump is ballooned the deficit by 50% and tacked on another trillion to the national debt they are silent. That's how I know they're arguments are hypocritical at best and irrelevant at worst.

  23. Sooo, basically he is saying it's okay to be evil, it's alright to be cruel and unfair as long as you have the right political tone!

    Expressed in such effortless confidence with a smile on his face. Interesting! What a time to be alive 🙂

  24. I respect his point if view. I congratulate his willingness. I hope he gets it but I’m probably going to vote demo when its time. Depending on who wins


  26. He is just another neo-liberalist pig looking out for his own and others like him. I thought he was lost as a pie hole corporate capitalist pig after the whole Argentina thing, but I guess they have unlimited life on earth.

  27. Mark needs to sit his ass down. He's just like any other republican. The greatest national security threat us climate change you twat.

  28. Great another hypocrite running for office. Sanford is the guy who lied where he was when he was governor. You know, with the Argentinian mistress, and then being part of the so-called "sour puss" conservative caucus in the House. On top of that, he is part of the Focus on the Family guys. All in all, a yuckie guy.

  29. Some states are refusing to hold primary elections because Trump is in office so why? Here's why. We are democracy and we vote. This Mark Sanford deserves a chance to run.

  30. So, why are you not saying Climate Crisis? Mealy mouthed politician. Very good at slurring his sentences without actually saying ANYTHING definite.

  31. If lord Jesus came down from the heavens tomorrow and told me he was gonna run as a Republican, I wouldn’t vote for him.

  32. Who runs up the deficit,the Republican's, who lowers it, the Democrat's. Look it up now.

    The deficit is caused by the Republican's, stop voting for them,

  33. The idea that Trump (and the Republican congress) creating a massive deficit through irresponsible tax cuts is somehow a betrayal of Republican ideas is absurd, because that's the exact same thing George W. Bush did and the exact same thing Ronald Reagan did. It is Republican orthodoxy at this point.

  34. It's sad, that the Republicans have slowly alianted anybody who is just getting into politics, without any pre bias, to going democrat.

    I personally don't think one side is better than the other ( cuz they should be two sides of the same coin) but it's so damn hard to watch Trump and these spineless Republicans spin the truth and still want to follow be that party

    Everything they say is about some hidden truth built on one name or another while subsequently telling us to ignore the obvious crap we hear the president say/tweet in public

  35. He's only running for the money
    He's knows he can not win
    Just like Democrats ie. Cory Booker
    My name is @CoryBooker Big pharma paid me $276,138, so I voted against lowering drug costs. :
    These politicians have no spine.

  36. I applaud Mark Sanford for running. Republicans need an alternative. He may believe he may not win but the climate will change. Just leave it to Trump to change the current climate.

  37. no never again
    he's a c street boy. he is a dark cult version of Christianity. he cheated in his wife with a friend lied to his constituents and betrayed the people. why would you consider this man over any other person. I'd rather vote for a man or woman working as a janitor or minimalist just being an honest him an over this divisive dark power hungry Ass hole. over the desperation to replace someone anyone over Trump. putting this dick in charge I my makes your probleme worse.

  38. This guy is talking a lot without saying anything. It is all just speeches, and smoke and mirrors, and bullshitting.

  39. Republicans just don't like that Trump is speaking out the subtext, they love the policies except for the occasional military pullout/withdrawal talk. They mostly like what Trump does, but don't like the 'crazy talk'.

  40. Obviously people have amnesia who Stanford is! Scary! And the guy speaks in euphemisms and abstractions to make his case. If the person is not talking about medicare for all, livable wages, infrastructure, or bringing the troops home, then they are not your friend and are deceiving you.

  41. Well done Trevor. One can see you disagree with most things he said yet you remained civil and respectful. Your body language speaks for itself 🙂

  42. „I’m talking about the truth.“ oh come on man no politician ever talks about the truth, especially a Republican 🙄

  43. The truth is that every time since Reagan Republican presidents have driven the debt up, increased the deficit, and generally trashed the economy. Each time it's at a record level, then the next Republican comes in and it goes up even higher. The whole "fiscal conservative" line that Republicans trot out hasn't been a real party policy for more than 50 years.

  44. That is the angle Yang is running on. Family able to live in a world without debt or financial fear. In where everyone wins. Using the same word, MATH. He is right that should be the main focus. That is what the Republican Party initially stood on . Families able to take care of themselves and have enough to either save or spend their money and in turn keep the economy a float in a mixed economy not totally capitalistic and not totally socialist. But maintain an equal equilibrium where all can work together as one. That was made America great!

  45. My opinion: the party (and the public in general) went wrong when trump became a god to them – when they became “fans” of trump. Political leaders are not meant to have fans it’s irresponsible. You can believe strongly in someone’s campaign and push for it but criticize them when they’re wrong support them when they’re not.

  46. Plot twist, this is how Professor spent the summer before filming Logan. Dude has been obsessed with saving any random girl he comes across.

  47. Republicans and Democrats, alike, are self serving. Since the citizens United ruling allows them to take legal bribes… they are all… with the exception of Bernie and the JUSTICE DEMOCRATS… for sale. …Repugnantcans only represent themselves and people who look like them. …which simply makes them the greater of two evils. #fuckemall
    They say the economy is doing well, if they are. Most of the country, however isn't experiencing that.

  48. So many ppl running more mature and professional than trump. We need a real leader. Not a reality tv president who trolls.

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