The evening before a new South Carolina poll had him surging past Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Bush, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford said on “Breitbart News Sunday” that Democrats are trying to use a potential Colbert Busch victory to lure political investors to finance other Democrats for the 2014 election cycle.
Sanford said if Colbert Busch defeats him in Tuesday’s special election for South Carolina’s first congressional district seat, Democrats running to take back the House in 2014 will be better funded and more dangerous to Republicans.
Speaking to host Stephen K. Bannon, Sanford said that Obama has explicitly stated his goal was to take back Congress in 2014 so he can cement his legacy by passing bills through a Democrat-controlled legislature. He said those on the left are trying defeat him in the special election so they “can make the case with the political investor communities” that they can win back the House in 2014.
ActBlue, the progressive organization a blockbuster Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report last year found did not use the credit card verification system to ensure the validity of its donations, has already contributed heavily to Sanford’s opponent. Presumably, some of those donations could have come from foreign donors or those who went around campaign finance laws undetected.
Breitbart News reporter Michael Patrick Leahy reported that the group financed the Senate candidacy of Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts last year. “Breitbart News Sunday” referenced Leahy’s report.
The fiscal conservative said he was running primarily because if Washington does not get her “financial house in order,” then there will be “real consequences in terms of the American way of life.”
Sanford said when he was in Congress last decade, he focused on the debt but others were not concerned about it.
He said times have changed, and even national security officials like Admiral Mike Mullen have recently said that the greatest threat to America’s long-term national security was the nation’s debt.
As South Carolina’s governor, Sanford also said he saw how the way federal dollars are used or doled out to the states can deny opportunities and outcomes for those the government intends to help.
Sanford said he never heard this much concern about the debt twenty years ago and said those in his district, for the first time, are expressing concern about whether their children and grandchildren will have better lives than they had. He emphasized America cannot think it will be different from other nations that did not seriously confront their debt, and voters in his district are recognizing the urgency of tackling the country’s fiscal issues.
Referencing the mistakes he made in office while he was governor–like his trip to Argentina to see his then-mistress–Sanford simply said, “life experience is a great teacher… what you get right and wrong.”
He hoped voters in his district could trust that his experience as a fiscally conservative governor of the Palmetto State, which put him on early 2012 presidential shortlists, would make him a better Representative than Colbert Busch.