Buchanan said he sees little evidence that likely GOP primary voters are willing to be accommodating across the aisle. He gives the early edge to three state legislators in the race, as well as to Sanford.
Turner said his dad is supportive of his congressional bid but that he doesn’t expect him to see him on the campaign trail.
‘‘I think politically we are dissimilar enough that I'm not sure it would benefit me,’’ Turner said, adding, ‘‘He knows our goals are the same. We want a better planet. We want a better country.’’
Ted Turner did not immediately respond to a message from the AP seeking comment on his son’s candidacy.
The younger Turner is not a total stranger to South Carolina’s political world.
The Turners and the Sanfords own rural property in the same area of coastal South Carolina, and Turner has known Mark Sanford for years, hunting and sailing with him.
While Sanford has high name recognition after two terms as governor and a sex scandal, Turner doesn’t see it as a positive. ‘‘I think Mark has had his time,’’ he said.
Turner said not being a politician may be an advantage for his campaign, which began airing its first television ads last weekend.
‘‘What I get asked more often is, ‘Why would I want to be one of them?'’’ Turner asked. ‘‘I say we can sit on the sidelines and watch the game go on or get out there and put on your pads and hope you don’t get killed.’’