June 25th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
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Sanford latest possible 2012 contender with issues

(CNN) - The road to the 2012 Republican nomination is wide open, but a growing list of contenders have struggled out of the gate.

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  1. William Weston

    What is really tragic about the Sanford affair is that he is yet another Republic politician who has acted as though he has the moral high ground and yet is subject to the same human foibles as everyone else. It is the risk of holding yourself up as a self proclaimed moral model. His affair is his business and that of his family; his role as Governor should be measured by his achievements; but he and other Republicans need to learn a bit more about humility and exhibit less self proclaimed morality. Such behavior reduces their value as leaders of everyone in the country instead of a limited population on the right.

    June 25, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Jasmine

    What is wrong with the Republicand.... this man was critisizing Bill Clinton sooo harshly.. yet had an affair of its own...

    It seems like Republicans don't even believe themselves in what they want others to believe.

    June 25, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Larry

    Run this clown for President in 2012.

    I'd love to see Obama reelected by 90% of the popular vote.

    June 25, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Sam I Am

    It doesn't matter what other countries do in this case. These politicians are running for office in THIS country. That being said, I for one come from the school of thought that a politician's personal life should remain that person's personal life. What I care about is how well the person does his or her job. HOWEVER, when a politician, full of self-righteous outrage, demands the impeachment or reprimand of another politician who has misbehaved, and then gets caught himself, it speaks to a lack of character, ethics, and solid values. It exposes that politician as a slime ball. This guy has about as much chance of being president as I do. Sanford, save your money. Use it for a good lawyer. When your wife starts in on you, you're going to need all the help you can get.

    June 25, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Seeing her in Argentina while he was on a business trip does not count as an abuse of taxpayer money. You'd never even have known about it if it was some non-sexual friend he happened to have in Argentina that he met for dinner...or if he was unmarried and had a random daliance with someone he met at a bar one night while there. If someone can produce concrete evidence that he was derelict in his duties while in Argentina, then it might matter. Otherwise, the entire story about the taxpayers paying for his gubernatorial business trip to Argentina, during which he spent time with a friend (misteress or not) is just the bottom-feeding media trying to sensationalize the whole thing with more trumped-up controversy.

    GROW UP AMERICA. The media is going to go into a feeding frenzy over this kind of nonsense...REGARDLESS OF WHICH PARTY IT EFFECTS...as long as the idiots on both sides try to use it against each other. We have more important and accurate and RELEVANT measures for judging the competency of our elected officials than invading their private lives to satisfy our morbid fascinations.

    June 25, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Robin

    I'm a Republican. A proud one, but this man must be impeached.

    What he did was wrong. It's a real shame, since he had some decent policies. His political career is now ruined because of his poor judgement.

    You can't stand for family values, and then have an affair on your wife and use tax dollars to do it.

    I can just hear the liberals now, screaming for blood. You see you can only get away with cheating on your wife if you are a Clinton or a Kennedy. In fact if you are a Kennedy, you can let a young woman drown and still be okay.

    June 25, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Dawn in Pa

    Politicians just cant keep it in their pants... You see I did not say, Republicans or Democrats. They have power and that power you think you can break any vows...

    It is true, what you throw into the Karma you get back three fold...

    June 25, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. ANNY

    The GOP men are screwing themselves right out of the 2012 primary and the only thing left will be Palin and that will certainly give the Democrats another 4 years.......and probably beyond that....... so keep up the good work Republicans, Palin in the news again whinning as usual........your sinking faster than the Titantic........

    June 25, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. jeffrey root

    Hey, At least this guy had the balls to go on national television and admit to his affair. How long did it take for Bill Clinton to finally admit to his. He had to go to a freaking trial, Lie and then give in because all of the evidence was against him. I do not Envy this man and I do think he should step down but Democrats are being hypocritical when it comes to pointing the finger. Remember, Clinton got re-elected. Republicans however need to admit that this is an immoral man not worth sticking up for. Let him step down.

    June 25, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Willy Brown

    All Governor Sanford needs to do is change political party affiliation from republican to democrat and all will be forgiven by the media and they will quit covering this story.

    June 25, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. GOP = 21st century dodo

    I feel bad for Gov. Sanford's family, who's been thrust into this difficult and painful situation. But I can't help but to feel bad for Gov. Sanford too; he seems to genuinely be in love with this woman.

    June 25, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. annie s

    No one cares if he had an affair. What we care about is that one more sanctimonious "family values" guy has been proven to be a hypocrite.

    June 25, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Ben

    I feel bad for this guy, i'm not condoning what he did, but people being it Republican or Democrat, wee need to look into these things, may be he wasn't given what he needed at home. When men cheat on their partners, people especially women are quick to crucify him forgetting that it takes two to tango.

    Nobody knows how he was treated at home (in bed), why will a like him risk everything to seek solace from another woman.

    Then again i do not support his actions but please lets be cautious of how we crucify him. See he wanted to hang Clinton, and yet he is suffering the same embarrassment.

    Hopefully, he will repent from his sins and ask God for fogiveness

    June 25, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. IKE in Atlanta

    When I read all the outrage I smile. What do you guys expect? It is know that about 90% of men cheat on their wives ( or girlfriends) at some point; and most of those who cheat are narcisistic. Note that 100% of politicians are narcisistic! So? It turns out that most men who cheat on their wives are politicians.
    Lets come off it guys. we elected these men as politicians; not as priests/bishops/pope. What if they cheat? So what? Who cares?
    we need to stop making a big deal about who these men ( or women) sleep with. I will be suprised if all of these men have not had an affair or two. Just that we have not caught them.
    Sanford cried foul when Clinton was caught. Now it is his turn and the rest of them are crying foul. Who's next?

    June 25, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Res ipsa loquitur

    It's somewhat ironic that the only monogamous family-values-flaunting Republican who has a snowball's chance in hell of winning in 2012 is Mitt Romney the Mormon...

    June 25, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Ryan Indy

    Bill clinton cheated on his wife numerous times, Lied to the American public and in the eyes of many democrats was the greatest president ever, so why wouldnt Sanford be able to run?

    June 25, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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