Mark Sanford dropped his challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, saying the focus on impeachment has made it difficult for his campaign to gain traction. ‘You’ve got to be a realist,’ Sanford said outside the New Hampshire statehouse. ‘What I did not anticipate is an impeachment.’ The former South Carolina governor and congressman announced his decision to suspend his campaign on the eve of televised impeachment hearings in the U.S. House. He centered his campaign on warnings about the national debt but emphasized that the impeachment effort hurt his 2020 bid. ‘It was a long shot, but we wanted to try and interject this issue, how much we’re spending, into the national debate which comes along once every four years,’ Sanford said. ‘I don’t think on the Republican side there is any appetite for a nuanced conversation on issues when there’s an impeachment overhead.’ Off the trail: Mark Sanford quit the 2020 race in Concord, New Hampshire, outside the statehouse, saying that he couldn’t compete with the president’s impeachment Even thinner field: Sanford’s departure leaves Bill Weld, a former Massachusetts governor, and Joe Walsh, a former Tea Party firebrand, fighting Trump in the Republican… Read full this story
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