March 16th, 2009
03:47 PM ET
5 months ago

Democrat talks about Sanford's 'political Viagra'

A South Carolina Democratic leader had tough words for Mark Sanford on Monday.
A South Carolina Democratic leader had tough words for Mark Sanford on Monday.

(CNN) – John Land, the South Carolina state Senate Democratic leader, said Monday that Mark Sanford’s maneuvering on the stimulus bill is “political Viagra” for the Republican governor.

In a statement, Land praised the White House’s decision Monday to reject Sanford’s request for a waiver to use stimulus money to pay down state debt instead of spending it. He accused the governor of “playing political games while our state suffers.”

“By playing these games, the only thing being stimulated is Sanford’s profile with the radical right-wingers in Washington,” Land said. “It amounts to nothing more than political Viagra for him.

“It’s time to get to work and get South Carolina moving forward,” he said. “Mark Sanford needs to get out of the way.”


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  1. Bruce

    Sanford needs start treating ALL of the people of South Carolina like citizens of the United States and not some third-world country. He needs to take that money and build some decent schools in the Corridor of Shame and try to do something about the cycle of poverty in that part of the state.

    March 16, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Kyle, CA

    This lipless wonder is a fool. He thinks it is "cute" to try and save the people's money, when all he is trying to do is save himself a seat for the presidency.

    He's going down, along with all of his rich cronnies because South Carolinians are smarter than 5th graders.

    March 16, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Annie

    Walter, I could not have said it better!

    March 16, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. To cmoore

    cmoore March 16th, 2009 3:55 pm ET
    Everyone is playing politics, is Land suggesting he is not????????

    Yes, and everyone calls politicians on their playing politics. And the one's that are really incredible at playing politics get lambasted and skewered by everyone that is political and the ones that stick or the ones that are worth the complaining about. Sanford brought this on himself. Land is capitalizing. But wouldn't you "cmoore" also given the idiot gov'r proclamations amidst his State's terrible unemployment numbers????????

    March 16, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Once you vote black

    Why is it the backwards states like SC, LA, Mississippi Mike, TX, the states where people tend to have more toes then teeth are the places that do not want the $. Pleaces where education is last. You guys should figure out what you want to do and then do the opposite because what ever you think is right is wrong.

    March 16, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Barbara, KY

    The schools shake when trains go by...hello? What am I missing. This man is a fool if he thinks Americans are going to sit by and watch him play politics while others are suffering. South Carolina we are with you and we will fight to the death to get this man a front row seat in hell.

    March 16, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Chris from NY

    O Yes!!!! The guy is high on political drunkenness and looking for someone to roll over or be killed by his political humvee. God help the South Carolinas.

    March 16, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. To cmoore

    cmoore March 16th, 2009 3:55 pm ET
    Everyone is playing politics, is Land suggesting he is not????????
    Yes, and everyone calls politicians on their playing politics. And the one's that are really incredible at playing politics get lambasted and skewered by everyone that is political and the ones that stick or the ones that are worth the complaining about. Sanford brought this on himself. Land is capitalizing. But wouldn't you "cmoore" also given the idiot gov'r proclamations amidst his State's terrible unemployment numbers????????

    March 16, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. frank

    Fascism dont work either thats exactly what GOP Have become !

    March 16, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Bobby

    I kept wonder why this guy would say and do things that he is doing considering the fact that his state second from bottom when it comes to unemployment. Then, after some reading I found out that he is being term limited next year. He doesn't have anything to loose but he is positioning himself for the GOP ticket.
    Mr. Sanford, even if end up at the top to challenge Obama in 2012, prepare yourself with this question.
    " How can we trust you as a president when you as a Governor oversaw a state that ended up as one with the highest unemployment rate and the economy in shambles, "?

    March 16, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Dan in Chicago

    why is it so hard for democrats to believe that conservatives like Sanford seriously believe the stimulus/intervention will make things worse... It's like they're avoiding actually debating the issue and just labeling all conservative solutions as political maneuvering...

    Instead they just accuse us of not wanting to help poor people, etc. etc. This is just as bad as when Bush/the neo-cons labeled those of us who opposed the war/Patriot Act as unpatriotic.

    March 16, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Freddy Deeb

    Mark Sanford is a smart man. He understands that we got into this mess by spending too much. Why can't he use the money to pay down debt? Unemployment insurance and education should be private. This is pure evil politics by the Democrats. Why do we owe the unemployed anything? Mark Sanford '12!

    March 16, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    @ Kyle, CA , who said "because South Carolinians are smarter than 5th graders."

    Not if Sanford and the GOP have their way.

    March 16, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Ex-Republican

    With republicans like him, who needs terrorists?

    March 16, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Laverne

    That is a good one John Land!

    March 16, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Mel

    They don't think it will make things worse, people, they just don't care about their constituents, they care about money.

    March 16, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Just shut up!

    Shut up John Land. This is about state sovereignty more than anything else and the federal government can just shut up too.

    March 16, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. jeez louise

    we have the same type here in minnesota in our ex senator.
    They are so used to the repug diet of more ,more and more that they just can't let go!!

    March 16, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. nadinewi

    Why can't he use half of the money to pay down the debt and half to help the state. I know why, cause he's a racist idoit who is targeting that little girl who wrote the letter that got to President Obama about the conditions of her school. If you saw the story on CNN about how it will be her neighborhood and her school specifically that he will not allow the money to go to, you can't help but wonder if this is personal attack on that girl. Remember she was sitting next to Mrs. Obama during President Obama's recent address to congress, and the area that she lives in looks like a shanty town with the images of her school being shown on CNN this weekend. Anyone who say that story this weekend and saw the conditions of her school would have to be either heartless or sadistic to ignore her cries for help in getting a decent education in America. Mark Sanford must realize that the GOP are not the only one's who's attention he's drawing. You will have to face reelection sometime and better be ready to pack your bags pal. Change has come to America.

    March 16, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Glennis

    The problem is that the government attaches too many strings that put the states at a disadvantage when the original "stimulus" money runs out. They're then stuck programs they can't afford and are worse off than they were before. I admire anyone who can tell the federal government where to stick it.

    March 16, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Governors share the same prerogative to do whats best for their own States. Texas may have their own president, what then? Stanford must have rubbed the democrat senator's sensitive spot to make him stimulated to the point of screaming political viagra. Touchy.

    March 16, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Mark

    And after he pays down his debt, how is going to cover his current budget shortall? Borrow more money...?

    March 16, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Same Old White House

    Paying down state debt is a problem? We in Illinois are not paying down state debt. Of course our new gov wants to raise income tax by 67%. Thanks dems. I needed less money.

    March 16, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Sarty

    This insane Idiot. Political viagra – shoots him for 30 minutes fame.
    This idiot is done.

    March 16, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. dumbocrat alert

    Viagra-that tells you what John Land has on his mind...Screwing taxpayers...lib-fool

    March 16, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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