June 24th, 2009
10:40 AM ET
9 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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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. WhoCares?

    I hope his wife and kid's aren't there.

    Just how special and loved does his family feel right now.

    June 24, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Ed

    jasonDT June 24th, 2009 10:47 am ET
    If this happened to a Democrat, it would be treated in the media and by Republicans as a national tregedy and, of course, caused by Obama!

    If this happened to a Democrat, it wouldn't even be reported by the media.

    June 24, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. ck

    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???

    Y'all are so funny!!


    June 24, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Michele

    "David June 24th, 2009 11:09 am ET

    Why does anyone care? When obama flies off for nights on broadway on taxpayer dollars, all the liberals say "oh, he has such a hard job, he needs a break"….but when a Republican does it, liberals want his neck for it. Typical liberal hypocrites."

    Do you really not see the difference? When President Obama goes to New York, he doesn't keep it a secret from anyone, and he makes sure that his duties in Washington are taken care of. Sanford just left, with no one in charge, no note to his wife...just left the country. I sure hope he realizes any future political aspirations are down the tubes. And it is not democrats or liberals who are questioning him: it is his own party. I could care less where he was or who he was with...he obviously can't tell the truth about either.

    June 24, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. carla

    What makes you think he needed a visa?

    June 24, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. truthsayer

    I hope he resigns ....

    June 24, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. dman

    A US governor leaving the country without notifying his staff is highly improper, regardless of his reasons.

    June 24, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Alex

    David – totally different comparison. Unlike Gov. Sanford, we actually know where President Obama and his wife went.. and there were no conflicts in the story among the staff.

    June 24, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Ted Tartaglia

    What is it with Republicans these days? Are they all insane?

    June 24, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. H Jay from NYC

    A special election needs to be held so that this nut is removed from office

    June 24, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. lifelong democrate

    wow, one more republican man of god, right?? that his wife and staff no nothing of his where abouts and he's out of the country!! yes, poor baby, he had to get away....from what?? his children?? his wife?? his state?? i guess we will find out at 2 pm. i wonder if his wife know's yet??

    June 24, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Sherry in SC

    Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is trying to make a name for himself here- like he has never done anything wrong...Hypocrite. He's just trying to get votes because he plans to run for gov.

    I'll bet you a dollar to a doughnut that his wife knew exactly where he was but wanted him to be left alone so that he could unwind and come to terms with the fact that his office can be over run by representatives and senators and courts. They overrule him on what he KNOWS is in the best interest of SC but what can you do when you deal with a bunch of greedy politicians who love to spend someone elses money??? I can't wait until they see what's coming on the payback of this money. Maybe then they will appreciate what Sanford tried to do. Nah – they're too self-righteous to admit they were wrong.

    June 24, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. ck

    North Korea threatened to wipe America off the map this morning.

    Forget the governor of South Carolina, where is Hillary??

    June 24, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Beverly in NC

    Don't bother....you are a Republican nutjob....and no one cares where you really were or the lies you will tell at your "press" conference.

    What matters is that you are irreponsible, unstable, and unfit for office.

    You have continually made South Carolina look ridiculous and backwards and racist and you need to be removed from office immediately.

    June 24, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. GOP = 21st century dodo

    @southern cousin

    "Some pretty looney responses here from the looney left. They have never forgiven him for telling Obama to shove his tainted stimulus money so the libs and of course the libs will attack him just as much as they do Palin and her family. Nice biased liberal press, the watchdog of a free society."

    I assume, then, that if a Democrat governor were to disappear for 6 days, not tell anyone about his whereabouts, and then lie about the whole thing, you would have the exact same response, correct?

    June 24, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. WhoCares?

    Are you Republicans for real??

    Not a story?

    A sitting Governor leaves the COUNTRY after a legislative session without tell his staff, his friends, HIS VP, or his family for 4 days...with one of those being Father's Day and it's not a story?

    Whatever...You don't even believe that junk but still think you have to defend him because he has a (R) next to his name.

    June 24, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. linda martin

    Scary this guys wants to be president of the U.S. yet he ignores his own state constitution and abandons his family at the same time....he's the perfect example of "republican politics".
    My best guess is that he went to Argentina to stash money.

    June 24, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The state of S.C. should be reinbursed for the mileage the governor used to get to the airport. He claims to be so fiscal responsible. HA

    June 24, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Tom in CA

    Appalachian (Trail)...Argentina (Buenos Aires) – they both begin with a capital A. I can understand how a staffer might confuse the two.

    I wonder what other exotic things the Guv was doing in Buenos Aires?

    June 24, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. lil

    He went into hiding because he was having a temper tantrum because he couldnt use the stimulus money to pay off his states bill that he himself had run up over the years. There are cities in his state with more than 25% unemployment and he wanted to put the money in the states pocket.

    June 24, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. annie s

    Proving that not only is he a Governor who could care less about the suffering of the people in his State, he's also a bit of a whack job.

    June 24, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Manny BLUM, Bernalillo

    It would seem that this guy has not only ONE loose screw, but several.

    This episode, together with several previous ones, creates the question if he has a psychiatric history. If yes, should such persons be allowed to be elected to top executive jobs ??

    June 24, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. WI Vet

    all i want to know is:

    Who paid for the trip?

    Why all the studden need to leave?

    Why not tell your number 2 what is going on after all thr GOP talk of the world is so much unsafer with obama talk?

    How was the beach?

    June 24, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Kevin

    A number of comments are pointing the finger at that media. Please read the full story and not just the soundbites. SC lacks clarity its government structure about who is in control during a governor's temporary absence. Even his fellow Republicans were surprised and concerned by his action. No one holds a grudge against him for wanting to get away to relax. That is his right and he should have that time! He should have informed key staffers and state leaders he was going on hiatus. I would say that he was not obligated to inform them of his destination, but he was obligated to inform them he would be out of touch.

    Those who are attempting to equate this issue with the Obama trip to NY are mixing apples and oranges.

    June 24, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Shari, NY

    Those comparing an Obama night out with this must be on Pluto (which now a demoted planet). When an elected official takes off seemingly without PUBLICLY delegating an authority figure, it is UNETHICAL. Should something catastrophic happen in his state who do you call – GHOSTBUSTERS? Anyway, the truth will come out and the man will, I think, eventually demit office. He needs prayer.

    June 24, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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