A new chapter is now being written in Mark Sanford’s political story. The lawmaker from the Lowcountry is now an official candidate for president, and the current POTUS has something to say about it.
Just before 7 a.m. Monday, President Trump sent out a tweet about Sanford, talking about his personal history, the story about the Appalachian Trail, his mistress and referring to Sanford as one of "The Three Stooges."
Sanford is joining former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld in the race for the GOP nomination.
"I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in," Sanford said on Fox News Sunday morning. “Let's go out and force - try and create a conversation on that which is not being talked about in this presidential cycle.”
The former congressman plans to focus his campaign on spending and the growing national debt.
College of Charleston Political Science Chair Dr. Gibbs Knotts says Sanford is bringing back a ‘hallmark’ by past republicans, following a major shift during the Trump presidency.
"I think we need to have a conversation about what it means to be a Republican. I think that as a Republican Party, we have lost our way,” Sanford said.
The official announcement came just one day after it was announced South Carolina would not hold a Republican Primary.
“I think what he's gotta do is go out and try to campaign places where he has an opportunity to be on the ballot. I am sure those places will exist. And then see if Trump stumbles,” Knotts explained.
Knotts believes Sanford may have an opportunity to shape the debate.
“So he cares passionately about the size of the government, about government spending and if he can go and cause President Trump, who probably is going to be the nominee to talk more about those issues in response to Sanford, I think he could feel successful in this particular bid,” said Knotts.
ABC News 4 has reached out to a representative for Mark Sanford for comment regarding Monday's tweet.