This morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough asked South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford whether he was announcing his run for president in 2012 against Sarah Palin.
“I’m just trying to survive until Friday!” quipped Sanford, referring to the day after the Republican governors conference he was attending in Miami.
On a more serious note, Scarborough asked whether Republicans in Washington had gotten what they deserved on Election Day.
Sanford’s answered that Republicans “ran as conservatives, and they governed another way, and they paid an electoral price for it.”
Republican strategist Mike Murphy asked the governor whether he thought Republicans still could win elections running on platforms of fiscal conservatism, given that the consensus is that people are addicted to entitlements and government largesse.
“Spending cuts matter," Sanford said. "Spending restraint matters. Tax cuts matter. Because it’s all tied to the larger theme of freedom. If you think about the heroic story of Barack Obama, though I didn’t vote for him, his opportunities were made possible because we live in a free and open society. [Immigrants] come here because of the freedom and opportunity that’s tied to the American way of life. Those things are not possible with an ever-growing Federal Government.
“We’ve got a real problem in where we’re looking these days for answers, and Republicans have been part of the problem in looking to Washington [instead of] offering solutions that are tied to individual initiative and private enterprise.”
Sanford also said that part of what the governors were doing in their meeting was to try to increase federalism, “which is to push more decision making and more authority out of D.C. ,” and that the case for federalism will be made at the state level in solutions that are offered outside of Washington, because a minority party in congress can’t effectively offer those solutions.”
Scarborogh then asked one last question: “Governor, have you gotten Sarah Palin’s autograph?”
Sanford replied jokingly, “I’m about to. We’re having a press conference . . . watch me go for the autograph.”
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