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Ex-SC Gov. Sanford adds name to GOP long shots against Trump

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Ex-SC Gov Sanford adds name to GOP long shots against Trump

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, joined the Republican race against President Donald Trump on Sunday, aiming to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he pursues an admittedly remote path to the presidency.

“I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in,” Sanford said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” ″This is the beginning of a long walk.”

When asked why he was taking on an incumbent who’s popular within the party, Sanford, who has acknowledged his slim chances by saying he doesn’t expect to become president, said: “I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican. I think that as the Republican Party, we have lost our way.”

Sanford joins Joe Walsh, a former tea-party-backed, one-term congressman from Illinois, and Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, as primary challengers to Trump.

“This vanity project is going absolutely nowhere,” said Drew McKissick, the South Carolina Republican Party chairman.

Sanford tweeted that he respects “the view of many Republican friends who have suggested that I not run, but I simply counter that competition makes us stronger.”

“Humbly I step forward,” he said.

The 59-year-old Sanford has long been an outspoken critic of Trump’s, frequently questioning his motivations and qualifications during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election and calling Trump’s candidacy “a particularly tough pill to swallow.”

Ultimately, though, Sanford said he would support Trump in the 2016 general election, although he had “no stomach for his personal style and his penchant for regularly demeaning others,” continuing a drumbeat that the then-candidate release his tax returns.

As Sanford sought reelection to his post representing South Carolina’s 1st District in 2018, drawing a primary challenger who embraced Trump, the president took interest in the race. State Rep. Katie Arrington repeatedly aired ads featuring Sanford’s on-air critiques of Trump and attached the “Never Trump” moniker to Sanford, a condemnation in a state that Trump carried by double digits in 2016.

Although unlikely to have had a significant impact on the results, Trump endorsed Arrington just hours before the polls closed, tweeting that Sanford “has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign” and that “He is better off in Argentina” — a reference to Sanford’s secret 2009 rendezvous to South America for an extramarital affair while his in-the-dark gubernatorial staff told reporters he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Asked Sunday if that incident could be a distraction to his campaign, Sanford said that the aftermath had forced him to attain a new “level of empathy.”

“I profoundly apologize for that,” he added, noting that South Carolina voters subsequently forgave him politically and sent him back to Congress.

Days after his first-ever political loss , Sanford described Trumpism as “a cancerous growth,” warning the GOP that the cancer is spreading.

“We have a president that will tell numerous dis-truths in the course of a day, yet that’s not challenged,” Sanford said. “What’s cancerous here is in an open political system, there has to be some measure of objective truth.”

Sanford won three terms for U.S. House in the 1990s, then two four-year terms as governor before the affair marred the end of his second term. He returned to politics a couple of years later and won a special election to his old U.S. House seat in 2013, holding on twice more.

Throughout his political career, Sanford has played up his outsider credentials — both in the U.S. House, where he supported a box to check on federal tax returns to put $3 toward the national debt, and as governor, bringing a pair of squealing pigs to the state House and Senate chamber to protest what he call pork spending.

As the main focus of his presidential bid, Sanford has said he plans to zero in on holding down federal spending, an issue on which he has railed since his initial stint in the House. Known during his Capitol Hill years as a deficit hawk, Sanford expressed a determination to bring debt and fiscal restraint into the national conversation.

“Let’s go out and try to force a conversation about that which is not being talked about in this country,” Sanford said Sunday.

Sanford won’t be able to compete in his home state of South Carolina, which on Saturday – along with Nevada and Kansas – announced it won’t hold presidential nominating balloting in 2020, erecting more hurdles for the long shot candidates challenging Trump.

Sanford’s possible presidential motivations immediately drew skepticism from a primary opponent and some South Carolina political observers who have watched him plot a political comeback before and questioned whether he was merely seeking publicity and relevance.

“This is about Mark Sanford looking to raise his political career from the grave, not him wanting to advance ideas,” said McKissick, the state party chairman.

Last month, Sanford acknowledged his motivations in an interview with The Associated Press.

“It’s not as if I’m saying, you know, I think I can become president,” he said. “But I think you can change the debate, and you might even have an impact on the general election.”

Walsh said he welcomed Sanford’s candidacy but questioned his commitment.

“How the hell can you say ‘I’m going to primary the president of the United States, but I don’t think I can win, it’s not about winning’?” Walsh said in Manchester, New Hampshire. “That makes no sense to me. … Why would you do this unless you really had a good reason?”

But Weld, in a tweet, proclaimed himself “so excited” that Sanford, “an experienced and thoughtful fiscal conservative,” was in the race.

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Associated Press writer Hunter Woodall in Manchester, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.

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Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP

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Eric Early condemns Schiff’s latest impeachment talk

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LOS ANGELES – September 22 – Eric Early, the leading Republican challenger for California’s Congressional District 28, condemned Adam Schiff’s latest impeachment comments as “baseless” and “pure partisan hackery.”

On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, Schiff, who has spent the past few years unsuccessfully trying to prove collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents, hopped on the latest baseless allegations against President Donald Trump as grounds for impeachment.

“Once again, Adam Schiff drove past countless homeless encampments in Los Angeles on this way to the T.V. studio to promote conspiracy theories about our President,” Early said. “His comments are nothing more than an effort to attack the President and rescue Joe Biden’s failing presidential campaign.”

“Voters are getting sick of Schiff’s schtick, which is nothing more than a mix of a man clearly intoxicated by the sound of his own voice and pure partisan hackery,” Early said. “Angelenos deserve better.”

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For 25 years, Eric has fought in the courts to help people stay in their homes and help job creators, businesses and innovators succeed and stay in California while building his own successful law firm. Eric was a candidate in 2018 for California Attorney General against Xavier Becerra, receiving almost one million votes as a first-time candidate.

Eric’s parents immigrated legally to the United States in the 1930s. His father enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 17, and was shipped to the Korean War, fought in the First Marine Division at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, and was awarded a Purple Heart. Eric’s parents moved the family to Long Island, and lived in a middle-class neighborhood of Irish, Italian and Jewish families.

Growing up in New York, California was a symbol of the American Dream, a place where people’s imagination, drive, talents and hard work could allow them to live a good life, while enjoying California’s natural beauty and climate. California became Eric’s home in 1986, where he started his own family.

Eric’s career as an attorney did not follow the usual path. He attended New York University’s undergraduate film school, and then held various positions, including producing commercials for Hasbro Toys, directing short children’s films for The Great Space Coaster, working as post-production supervisor on hundreds of animated episodes of The Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem and the Holograms, My Little Pony, and writing several animated episodes of G.I. Joe and Jem and the Holograms. At one point, he produced trailers for “King of the B-Movies”, Roger Corman.

While working full time to support his family, Eric attended Southwestern Law School’s evening program and after graduation worked at one of the most prominent law firms in the state, where he was a Partner for a decade. Eric was regularly involved in complex litigation matters in California and throughout the country, primarily focusing on business, entertainment, real estate, title and escrow related litigation. In 2010, Eric started his own firm along with several of his colleagues, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP (“Early Sullivan”). Early Sullivan, which now has 30 attorneys, has been recognized as Boutique Firm of the Year by the California Daily Journal, and has been named as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News for several years running. Eric has been the firm’s Managing Partner since its doors opened, has successfully tried several cases to verdict – one of the results being awarded Defense Verdict of the Year by the Daily Journal, and has overseen countless complex lawsuits in which the firm’s clients have prevailed. During the normal course of his practice, Eric has also handled several cases in which he has represented homeowners whose properties have been victimized by real estate fraud, in which fraudsters try to steal their homes. He has been able to regain control of the properties for his clients.

Among various honors, Eric is the Past President of Southwestern Law School’s Entertainment and IP Alumni Association, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2017; and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer every year since 2005.

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Sanders heading to Warren’s native state for Comanche event

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LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is focusing on reliably Republican Oklahoma with an appearance before the largest annual gathering of the Comanche Nation in the state where rival Elizabeth Warren was born.

Sanders’ visit may remind some of a sensitive subject for Warren, still criticized after her October release of a DNA test meant to bolster her claim to Native American heritage. That was supposed to rebut President Donald Trump’s mocking of the Massachusetts senator as “Pocahontas,” but only intensified it.

Last month, Warren offered a public apology to Native Americans, trying to show that the issue won’t be a political drag in her White House campaign.

The Comanches, who are holding their 28th annual Nation Fair Powwow, are a Plains Indian tribe of about 17,000 enrolled members, with headquarters just north of Lawton, in southwest Oklahoma. Powwows are important social events for many tribes, and typically feature traditional dance, songs, food, regalia and other customs.

Sanders, a Vermont senator, won Oklahoma’s 2016 Democratic primary over Hillary Clinton. The state votes next year as part of the earlier and expanded “Super Tuesday,” which comes on March 3 and includes neighboring Texas.

University of Oklahoma political science professor Keith Gaddie said Sanders’ powwow visit was unusual because the tribe, which well-known, is not a particularly large Native American nation.

“There’s no reason, in order to win the state, that you’d have to go down to that event,” Gaddie said.

Warren has made her family’s down-home, financial struggles after her father had a heart attack and couldn’t work — forcing her mother to get a minimum wage job — a central theme of her campaign. Sanders and Warren are friends who agree on many policy issues, including the “Medicare for All” universal health insurance plan.

Both also have refused to attack one another, ducking questions about whether they eventually will have to compete for the Democratic Party’s most liberal wing. But a Des Moines Register-CNN-Mediacom poll released Saturday showed Warren outpacing Sanders in Iowa, which launches the 2020 Democratic nominating contest on Feb. 3, and running about even with former Vice President Joe Biden, who had been the crowded field’s front runner.

Sanders planned a rally at the University of Oklahoma before speaking at the powwow.

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Weissert reported from Washington.

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Support term limits: Final push before we send the petition to DC

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Support term limits Final push before we send the petition to DC

Two months ago, we hit 150,000 signatures in our petition to demand term limits on Capitol Hill. Things seem to have slowed since then; falling off the homepage and neglect on my part have stalled signatures to the point they’re at a crawl. My hope was to get 250,000 signatures before sending. Now, it seems the time has come to send what we can get.

This is the last call. The final push. We will give this petition five more days to collect as many more signatures as possible, then we will send it to every member of Congress, Senate, and the White House itself.

Unless… If we’re able to rejuvenate the campaign and get another large burst of signatures, we will ride that wave for longer than five days. Momentum builds more momentum when it comes to signatures, which is why it’s so important that those who support this initiative share it with as many people as possible. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, email, phone, fax – it doesn’t matter how you reach people. Please get this word spread as quickly as possible. The more signatures we’re able to secure, the more likely it is that Congress will take note.

The fight doesn’t end with the petition. Once we send it off to DC, we will continue to promote the concept and push lawmakers to make the hard choice. It doesn’t behoove them to have term limits, but it definitely behooves the people they represent. They have a choice coming in 2020 – support limits to their own power or risk losing all political power at the ballot box. While not everyone is up for election in 2020, the House and a third of the Senate is up. Let’s make sure they know this is an important issue to us.

The only way to slow the rampant corruption and apathy on Capitol Hill is to limit the time in which each of them spends there. This will eliminate perpetual campaigning and compel them to act in the time they’re given. Let’s send this message loudly.

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