Ex-SC Gov. Sanford announces run for Congress

Former Governor Mark Sanford wants his old job back in Congress

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - Former Gov. Mark Sanford wants his old job back in Congress.

On Monday, in a one-on-one interview, Live 5's Bill Sharpe talked to the former governor about why he wants the job again. It's a seat Sanford first won about 18 years ago.

"I'm getting in the race again because if we don`t turn the train around in Washington, I think there are catastrophic consequences for the U.S. dollar and catastrophic consequences for the survival of the American dream and the opportunities it provides," Sanford said.

Sanford said Wednesday he is seeking the state's 1st District seat along the coast because he wants to restore what he calls "fiscal sanity" to the nation's finances.

The Republican was a strong fiscal conservative before the advent of the Tea Party and believes his penny-pinching reputation can help him win his old congressional seat again.

Sanford served in Congress in the 1990s before he became governor. He spent his remaining days in the governor's office traveling around the state, apologizing for the affair that cost him his marriage. Now he says it's time to move on.

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