Sunday, October 30, 2005

Arizona Republic Interviews Sanford On Running For President. Sanford Says He's Not Campaigning In NH...

Arizona Republic Writer Robert Robb:
Sanford has been quoted in South Carolina as not being interested in
running for president. In an interview while here, he pointed out that if he
were to have a chance to win the nomination, he would need to be spending time
now in places such as Iowa and New Hampshire. And that, he said flatly, wasn't
going to happen.
Thursday, October 27, 2005

Sanford Arizona Trip Fuels Talk Of 2008 Candidacy

From the South Carolina's Columbia State newspaper:
Sanford was in Phoenix on Tuesday and Wednesday. He gave a speech to the
Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank, Tuesday night. Sanford raised
money for his 2006 re-election while he was there.
...
It is Sanford’s second major event in a key state in as many months. In
September, supporters held a fund-raiser for Sanford in Ohio, another key
presidential battleground state. The event was sponsored in part by the
Cincinnati Reds baseball team.

The vote in Ohio swung the 2004 election to President Bush over U.S.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. Arizona is a bastion of conservatism that plays a major
role in selecting the GOP nominee.

Sanford also visited Iowa in July as part of a National Governors
Association conference. Iowa is traditionally the first state to select a
party’s presidential nominee.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rasmussen Poll: Sanford Leads Likely Opponents

Some time ago, Rasmussen Reports released a South Carolina gubernatorial poll that somehow slid beneath my radar. It's from early August 2005, but the results are telling: the most conservative governor in America is doing well in his race for reelection.

First-term Governor Mark Sanford holds a solid lead over potential challengers
in his bid for re-election.

In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, Sanford leads Frank Willis by a 52% to 31% margin and Tommy Moore by a 52% to 30% margin.

Willis is currently serving as Mayor of Florence. Moore is a state Senator. Neither challenger's name is recognized by half of the state's voters.

REDSTATE.ORG FEATURES SANFORD FOR PREZ ARTICLE

REDSTATE.ORG



Mark Sanford for President: Integrity and Aptitude and Electability.
By: draftmarksanford4president

The 2004 elections are scarcely off the lips and minds of the more informed of the populace, and the New Year is not here, yet the minds of many have already turned to 2008, where the figure of Hillary Clinton looms large on the horizon, to the Republicans a socialist specter and the Democrats a saving seraph come to redeem their party from oblivion. Already, the wretched partisans of the GOP have begun the drumbeat for the coronation of John McCain or Rudy Guiliani, the only men, they assure us, who have a prayer of beating Hillary. Coming in a close third, Jeb Bush can easily visualize himself as the third Bush to take his seat in the Oval Office. These are the men, the party hacks claim, alone can beat Clinton. Yet, let us consider these two men closer, in the light of sound, learned, reason.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Rumor: Sanford's Out Of State Fundraising May Foreshadow Presidential Campaign

AP:
The out-of-state money could be a sore spot for Sanford as he tries to
squelch rumors he's considering a run for president, Huffmon said.

"His team probably sees these rumors as hurting him," Huffmon said.
Out-of-state dollars could be seen by some as a sign he's looking at a national
bid and is less-than-committed to serving a full second term as governor,
Huffmon said.

True or not, his opponents can look at the out-of-state cash and say,
"Look he must have national aspirations," Huffmon said.
Thursday, October 13, 2005

South Carolina State: Sanford-For-President Talk Still Has Legs

South Carolina State: Sanford-For-President Talk Still Has Legs:

Gov. Mark Sanford says he doesn’t have his sights set on the White House,
but hardly anyone believes him.

"This guy is serious about running for president," says Clemson
University political scientist Dave Woodard.

Talk of a possible Sanford 2008 presidential bid dominated the state’s
political rumor mill for months. The governor spiked that speculation with an
August appearance on WRHI’s popular morning radio talk show in Rock Hill.
...
One of the reasons Sanford is getting national attention is that he is seen
as a true fiscal conservative, unlike President Bush, who is not.

"They see someone like Mark Sanford, and this is what they thought Bush
was going to be," Huffmon says.

"A lot of stars are in alignment for his national exposure. He's good
looking; he's got a good pedigree, and he is a martyr for the cause. There are
probably a lot of people salivating over building a campaign around him."

Patrick Ruffini's 2008 Presidential Wire Of Stories On Mark Sanford

click here
Saturday, October 08, 2005

Sanford Given Chance in Presidential Race

The Times and Democrat

Sanford given chance in presidential race

By NANCY C. WOOTEN, T&D Features Editor

An Internet tracking service for the 2008 presidential race placed South Carolina Gov. Marshall C. "Mark" Sanford Jr. at number 8 in its power rankings among Republican potential candidates.Through its use of wire reports, campaign staffer scuttlebutt and confidential tips from readers, the "Jockey" who handles rankings at PoliticalDerby.com said it felt "ashamed" that Sanford had too long been unranked and relegated to the "others receiving votes" category.

President Sanford!? We Can Only Hope!

Charlotte Observer's Lee Bandy: Sanford in presidential derby? Governor says no, but list has him as a possible White House:

Gov. Mark Sanford says he doesn't have his sights set on the White House, but hardly anyone believes him.
"This guy is serious about running for president," says Clemson University political scientist Dave Woodard.

After RINO-Lead GOP South Carolina General Assembly Overrode 105 of 106 Governor Vetoes, Sanford Brought Pigs To House Chamber!

Oink Oink!

From the Greensville News:

Gov. Mark Sanford brought live pigs into the House chamber Thursday to make
a point about pork barrel spending but ended up with a bipartisan firestorm hot
enough for a barbecue.

"Insulting" and "childish," said House Speaker David Wilkins,
R-Greenville. "This is beneath the dignity of the Governor's Office, and I am
embarrassed for him."

Minority Leader James Smith, D-Columbia, said, "I don't know if
(Sanford) has any credibility or reputation left that gives him any ability to
lead."

Adding insult to injury, one of the pigs promptly defecated on the
marble floor of House lobby after Sanford put them down.

"Unfortunately, they weren't housebroken," Wilkins said.

The incident came a day after Sanford reacted angrily to the House's
rapid-fire override of all but one of his 106 budget vetoes, saying members
acted recklessly.

Deroy Murdock: Sanford Is The Real Deal, A Free Market Reaganite Governor

NRO's Deroy Murdock:
Unlike so many Republican governors today, Sanford and his team take
limited government seriously. While New York's George Pataki outspends Mario
Cuomo, his liberal Democrat predecessor, and Nevada's Kenny Guinn initiates a 5
to 10 percent live-entertainment tax, Sanford promotes the Reaganite,
market-friendly principles that distinguished him as a self-limited, three-term
U.S. congressman. Sanford aggressively advocated Social Security choice and
earned Straight As and the "Taxpayers' Best Friend" honor from the National
Taxpayers Union.
...
With the legislature adjourned, Sanford will spend 2004 building grassroots
support for his program and asking voters to elect sympathetic lawmakers.
Free-marketeers seeking someone to carry Ronald Reagan's banner in 2008 should
keep their eyes on Columbia.
Friday, October 07, 2005

Here We Go!

Here we go!
Help Sanford Blog draft Mark for President!:

Powered by: MessageBot

Click on Mark to visit his 2006 Gov Campaign site.