June 24th, 2009
10:40 AM ET
10 years ago

Sanford to hold press conference

(CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, back in his home state after a mysterious multi-day absence that sparked a media frenzy, will face reporters in his office at the South Carolina statehouse at 2 p.m. ET, his office announced Wednesday.

Sanford told The State newspaper Wednesday that during that time he had been on vacation in Buenos Aires, not hiking the Appalachian Trail as his staffers had told the media.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, also a Republican, told CNN Tuesday that Sanford would have to publicly answer reporters' questions about his absence. "I think he is going to have to (hold a press conference). There are going to be too many folks...in the media that want an answer," he said.

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  1. P. Mathew

    "All the hypocrites demanding to know where the governor was and yet overlook the fact that Obama refuses to reveal who visits and stays at the White House???"

    GWB did the same thing when he was president. He raised an issue about releasing the WH visitor logs.

    June 24, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Bubba

    southerncousin, quit contributing to the stereotypes. It seems like only you'n me and Tesap are here to stick up for grits, so quit it with the 'oh noes, liberal media done has told a lie.' Sanford's a good ole boy, and he knows you don't jump in a cop car and fly off to a country with no extradition treaty without people thinkin' you in a mess of some kind. Don't act like you or me wouldn't git fired; there ain't no media bias when your wife and kids can't find you on Father's Day. He won't run for president after doin' this, I can tell you. Appalachian Trail or the brothels of Calle Florida; you still ask for the time off in advance.

    June 24, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Eileen

    What a selfishly irresponsible move by Sanford. Kiss your presidential hopes goodbye – when the going gets tough you can't just disappear.

    In the "real world" he would have been fired for job abandonment. He owes his state an explanation for his actions.

    I expect this type of action from a 16 year old, not from a governor. Irresponsible move.

    June 24, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. ray ray

    North Korean is talking about firing multiple missiles to wipe out the West coast..... The Obama Administration is corresponding with the Iranian Supreme leader while protestors are being killed.... unemployment is over 10%.....

    and THIS is the big news story??? Where a [R] Governor went on vacation???

    Dear lord... MORE evidence on how/why Obama got elected!!

    June 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Sherrol in Canada

    Curiouser and curiouser....................

    June 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Lynn

    All these Pres. Obama haters defending Sanford for his unexplained "need to get away" leaving his sons at home for Father's Dayare the same ones who went ballisitic on the President for taking his daughters out for an ice cream treat.

    What fools you make of yourselves!

    June 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Bill

    Buenos Aires is indeed a great place. I highly recommend it. But it seems like an unlikely escape for a conservative, repressed, southern Republican Governor without his wife. What's up, Mark?

    June 24, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. demwit

    Can't catch Obama smoking but boy can our progressive media hound a republican for taking a vacation. Not that anyone would concider that biased or anything like that...

    June 24, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Marcus asks, "Dude, if you think that it is "tainted" why don't you send your part back or give it to a charity of your choice.
    (cricket sounds)"

    Well, Marcus... since I received nothing, and I certainly will have to pay part of it... when can I expect my refund? (cricket sounds)

    June 24, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Some republican guy

    It's so obvious he was set up by ACORN, the socialist libtards and the narcissistic, elitist obamabots. They stole his car while he was hiking and drove it to the airport. How can you moonbats not see it????!!!!
    Have a nice day!

    June 24, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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