Mar 30, 2017

Trump wanted to primary Rep. Sanford over health bill

Members of the House Freedom Caucus Rep. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., left, and Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., arrive at the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In the run up to the failed healthcare bill, Donald Trump sent his budget director Mick Mulvaney to deliver a message to fellow South Carolinian, Congressman Mark Sanford. Here's what Mulvaney said, Sanford recounted to The Post and Courier:

The president asked me to look you square in the eyes and to say that he hoped that you voted 'no' on this bill so he could run against you in 2018.

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Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They're talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy and race.

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