Had this veto stood, the state government would have shut down on July 1.He explained his veto as being the only way to get the cuts he desired, and that using the line item veto would have been inadequate as well as impossible.The Republican-led state House of Representatives overrode 105 of Sanford's 106 budget vetoes on May 26, 2004.Sanford rejected the Assembly's entire budget on June 13, 2006.Seeing himself as a "citizen-legislator", he did not run for reelection in 2000, in keeping with a promise to serve only three terms in the House.In 2002, just before announcing he would run for governor, Sanford joined the Air Force Reserve.
Sanford professed to be a firm supporter of limited government.
Sanford has criticized these schools as focusing too much on separately creating research institutions and not on educating the young adults of South Carolina.
Sanford also suggested that they combine some programs as a means of curbing tuition increases.
In 1994, Sanford entered the Republican primary for the Charleston-based 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
The seat had come open after four-term Republican incumbent Arthur Ravenel declined to seek re-election in his ultimately unsuccessful run for Governor.
He entered the gubernatorial election of 2002; he first defeated Lt. Bob Peeler in the Republican primary and then defeated the Democratic incumbent, Jim Hodges, in the general election, by a margin of 53% to 47% to become the 115th Governor of South Carolina.