June 2nd, 2008
10:00 AM ET
7 years ago

South Carolina’s Sanford dodges vice presidential talk

Sanford isn't hinting he wants to be VP.
Sanford isn't hinting he wants to be VP.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford continues to see his name floated in the GOP veepstakes - but he’s still not dropping any hints that he wants the job.

On CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer” yesterday, Blitzer asked Sanford: “You want to be the running mate?”

“No, I'm just trying to survive the week,” Sanford responded. “I made it to Sunday. I got another week ahead of me.”

“What's wrong with being vice president of the United States?,” Blitzer asked.

“There's nothing wrong with being president, there's nothing wrong with being president, there's nothing wrong with being vice president,” Sanford said. “But it's not on my radar screen. I'll worry about that lightning strike if it comes my way.”

Sanford told the Washington Post last year that if the GOP nominee inquired about putting him on the presidential ticket that he would at least entertain the idea. "Of course I'd take the call,” he said at the time.

The fiscal hawk is popular vice presidential option among conservatives, but some McCain insiders say Sanford may have damaged his chances by not endorsing the Arizona senator before the South Carolina primary in January. Sanford, as a congressman, had endorsed McCain during his 2000 bid.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s closest advisers, appeared to pour cold water on Sanford’s chances in March, noting that Sanford has had a “tough” tenure as governor.

"To be honest with you, I don't see any of us in South Carolina bringing a whole lot of value to the ticket,” Graham told The State newspaper. “We're talking about winning a national race that's going to be very competitive."


Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. MC- Atlanta,GA

    This guy is awful- backwards, ancient, out of date thinking has no place in the US senate – especially in the white house.

    June 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Travis

    I hope everyone realizes that Clinton wants Obama to lose and that she is doing this on purpose... The longer she stays in and splits the party, the easier it will be for McCain... Then four years from now, after McCains first term, Clinton can run again... If Obama were to be elected president, she would have to wait eight years to try and run again...

    This is just another move by Clinton to get what she wants, not truely caring about the citizens of the USA and it military members...

    Oh, and from being in the military and from a military family, I know that the Clintons don't care about the military...

    June 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. dee

    who cares

    June 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Chamorrita60

    This FOOL better think HARD and WISE because John McSHAME is going to get a good dose of "Obama Whip Butt" come November. Gov. Stanford KNOWS he will be on a losing TEAM on day one.

    The Republicans are in the toilets AND John McSHAME is a LOSER and a LIAR. He only knows one thing and that is WAR!! WAR!! WAR!!

    He doesn't care about the American people and their sons and daughter's dying in a war that was UNNECESSARY!

    So I think it's only appropriate that we claim that John McShame's campaign is also UN-NECESSARY!!

    VOTE NOOOOOOOOOOO FOR McSHAME !!

    VOTE NOOOOOOOOOOO FOR McSHAME !!

    VOTE NOOOOOOOOOOO FOR McSHAME !!

    VOTE NOOOOOOOOOOO FOR McSHAME !!

    NO MORE "CROOKED TALK EXPRESS" !!

    June 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. GO-Bama - OH

    We don't need a bunch of tantrum-fit-throwing children in the White House anyway. So if that's what they choose to do then so be it. They were obviously closet republicans anyway. Let'em cry!

    June 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. w spivey

    Makes no difference who McSame picks, they can't be any worse than he is. This man has not lost his bearings, he's lost his marbles.

    June 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. derrick stl

    Doesnt matter who McBush chooses. As long as he believes the Iraq war is a good thing for our economy, he can run with JESUS and wont win. As for the DEMS that wont vote for Sen Obama in the fall!! be mindful that you are slitting you own throats. Hillary will return to her millions and you will return to sky rocketing gas prices, unless you vote democratic. Dont let losing the primary ruin you next four years..

    OBAMA 08

    June 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. bob from ny

    gotta love those "democrats" who got their toys away from them, and now decide to join th GOP.

    June 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If Clinton supporters turn to Republican voters they are voting for a McCain/Jeb Bush ticket. Republicans are voting democrat and democrats need to support that.

    June 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    I would dodge the question too. Why would you want to be on a weak ticket.

    June 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. bruce isaac

    I am a dem. and I love Mark. As much as I hate to see McCain win, if Clinton is on the ticket, I will vote for Mark not John.

    June 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    It doesn't matter who Senator McCain chooses – the Democrats are ready to send the Republicans packing from the White House and in the Congress.

    June 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Cynthia

    It doesn't matter who Senator McCain chooses – the Democrats are ready to send the Republicans packng from the White, the Congress and the Senate.

    June 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Susan MO

    Clinton Supporter.....

    Keep working on it. Learn to love McSame's vote against equal pay, leaving his former wife who was disabled for his current wife, 75% voting record against our veterans, staying in a war without stating what victory "is". If you liked G.W., you'll love McSame.

    June 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Franky

    "The fiscal hawk is popular vice presidential option among conservatives, but some McCain insiders say Sanford may have damaged his chances by not endorsing the Arizona senator before the South Carolina primary in January"

    I agree with that! Plus, come on, no offense to Senator McCain but at that time there was Mitt(Romney) and Mike(Huckster) competing with him! Like I said, you want me to speak for Senator McCain??? I'll do it! LOL!!!

    June 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. AJ

    I wouldn’t be surprised. While Obama and his disgusting wife may hate white people, he knows having another black on the ticket will surely sink his chances. Otherwise it would be VP Al Sharpton or VP Oprah. I can’t wait to see the republicans rip Obama to shreds in November.

    June 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would think that since this guy has said no it is less likely that he would be offered the job of V.P. (or at least be on the ticket. Because of Obama's strong win among African-Americans and some swing voters, it is less likely that anyone from SOuth Carolina and other Southern states will help enough to get McCain elected.

    June 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Damian

    John McCain is still showing his biggest weakness of all, he can not get the conservatives excited by his candidacy.

    June 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Oracle99

    McSame is trying to find someone younger as VP. Opps that's right almost eveyone is .

    June 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. aware

    Disillusiond Dems unite for McCain if the spineless Super Delegates tip the scales for the arrogant, lying, pandering far left wing extremest Obama! :)

    Hillary Clinton or John McCain 08!

    June 2, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. aware

    Bush extreme right=Obama extreme left! Both extremes are losers! :(

    America needs a Centrist. Hillary Clinton or John McCain 08!

    June 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Tony

    Pete, the Clinton supporters are smart enough to understand that your candidate doesn't qualify for the job he's applying for. I will become an Independent and vote for McCain (experience v. a rock star).

    June 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Dave

    Great choice! I am now a Democrat who will be voting Republican this year. Some Obama supporters have, as usual, bashed anyone that doesn't agree with them. I got turned off to Obama because of his supporters being so nasty to others. At least, we know who McCain is-good or bad-and who really knows Obama?

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. QUEEN X

    Let's face it; there are people who would not vote for Sen. Obama under any circumstance, not even if their god or whatever entity they honor instructed them to. Those hate mongers and bitter people have no political savvy and cannot even have an intelligent debate without spewing venom (their limited resource for discussion). They are not even in Sen. Obama’s equation for victory; their votes have already been deducted from his tally ergo, no one is crying over their vote.

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Efi, Hutschison MN

    John Mcsame is in trouble. He is too mean for a senior! There is always bitterness when ever Mcsame criticizes Obama. There is no way Mcbush is going to win with this guy.

    June 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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