July 2nd, 2009
02:56 PM ET
5 years ago

Bennett: Sanford needs to stop 'embarrassing himself'

(CNN) – Mark Sanford is "embarrassing himself" and needs to resign as governor of South Carolina, conservative talk radio host and CNN contributor Bill Bennett said Thursday on CNN's American Morning.

Bennett, the latest high profile conservative to call for Sanford's ouster, said it's time for the onetime Republican rising star to ditch politics and focus solely on getting his life back in order.

"I know Mark Sanford. I know him quite well," Bennett said. "He needs to get his life back in order, his marriage back in order. He is embarrassing himself."

"There is the old notion of indecent exposure, usually that refers to somebody showing some skin, and there's another form of indecent exposure. He is telling us way too much," Bennett continued. "We're not interested. He needs to stop and take care of his life."

Bennett also suggested the GOP can easily fill the gap Sanford would leave.

"We have other people," he said. "We have other people who are not only fiscally interesting and sound but also can keep their lives together. "

Bennett's comments come as more than half of the Republicans in the state senate have now called for Sanford to step down, as well as a host of other GOP leaders in the state. Sanford has indicated he does not intend to resign.

"The whole thing is pretty ugly. It needs to stop," Bennett also said.


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soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. Mick

    No! Sanford needs to hang on for dear life for as long as he can.

    Once his time as governor is over, he is finished. He has no family, no friends, no supporters and, soon, no income.

    He's a drowning man clinging to flotsam in the water praying for a rescue that will never come. That's life on the hateful sinking ship GOP Hypocrite.

    Good riddance Sanford.

    July 2, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. David

    This is the situation the GOP put itself in when it validates talk show hosts and non-elected officials as representatives of the GOP. The loudest voice becomes their leader.

    July 2, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Fed up with low morals in SC

    If he is wanting sympathy for his pity party he needs to just stop. He really needs counseling to get his emotions in order for it is plain to see he is just too emotional and is out of bounds. telling the public all his insecurities is not going to help. He has lost his agenda and he needs to focus on rebuilding trust. If that woman in Argentina is so importnat he has lost his way, he may not be ablt tio find his way out of this mess. We just need to pray for him, his family and our state and pray especially for a good moral secure person to step up to the bat. What people who want this type position has to accect is that if you are willing to live in a "glass houst" then expect stones to be thrown., If they are a decent person with high morals they do not have to worry about someone else's lies. God see all and He ie the one to answer too.

    July 2, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Gene

    Why is everyone so concerened anout Bill's past gambling problem? One thing has nothing to do with the other. Gov. Sanford is a public servant like all other politicians (which they forget) and with that comes with the requirement of high morals and values (which they forget). Bennett is not a public servant, he's a talk show host. Gov. Sanford needs to be cleaned out with the rest of the power hungry swine in Washington. The priorities need to change, but for that to happen, something in the system needs to change. Many of you commentors are drinking WAY too much koolaid.

    July 2, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. SD, Michigan

    I have a feeling he won't leave without a big fight, although resignation should be the wise thing to do at this point.
    We'll see....as of now he's probably waiting for instructions from the Supreme Leader Limbaugh.

    July 2, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    he is right

    July 2, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. chitown lady

    does this fool of a governor not know that "SILENCE IS GOLDEN"?
    I thought Blago makes a fool of himself but this guy takes it to a whole new level......since this chick is is so called "soul mate"....yeah he needs to resign and go seek his lady love. i am glad his wife has CLASS to toss his skank behind out the door. Stick to your guns sweetie and DIVORCE his behind....You do not need him. he has always needed you....When his money runs out, then his will realize what he lost. He only married you for your family money name and what your family could do for him ploitically. DUMP HIM !

    July 2, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Jamie

    It is not the adultery per se, but the abandonment o fhis post, first when he disappeared for a week, then as he concentrates on pouring his teen-aged heart out to the press instead of buckling down and taking care of business. And doesn't his self-absorption show in announcing to the public that his mistress is his "soulmate," but that he's "trying" to fall back in love with his wife? First he cheats on her, then this? How cruel, how degrading. His wife seems strong – I hope she truly is, and that she leaves him ASAP.

    July 2, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Jennifer NY

    I am loathe to agree with Bill Bennett on anything, but I totally agree with him here. Governor Sanford, for heaven's sake, please resign and get your life in order. You need some psychological counseling. You're an emotional mess.

    July 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Jamie

    And for those of you who pity Sanford: Where is your compassion for his wife and children? This is not a movie. It's real life and real human beings, some of them children, are being crushed by this self-absorbed manchild.

    July 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Bubba

    The only reason that what the governor did wasn't against the law is that there's no precedent. There's no law against the governor raising feral baby raccoons, or wearing a diaper on his head, or showing up at his office wearing women's clothing, and there's no law against a governor leaving the USA without telling anyone where he's going either, and who ever thought we'd need one? Sonny Purdue of Georgia is no model of stability either, but I dang betcha you won't find him scootin' off to Peru or Tanganyika without telling anyone.

    July 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Matt

    How much does Bill want to bet on the resignation? What are the odds Bill?

    July 2, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. scott

    So, has Bill Bennett kept HIS life together over the years? Or, is there a reason that the best gig a former Secretary of Education can get is to be a commentator for CNN. Yeah, that's it. He screwed up, too. I don't like Sanford and I don't like Bennett. The party is full of hypocrites.

    July 2, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Independent

    Posted on another Sanford Ariticle:
    Sleezy politicians: Sanford (R), Ensign (R), Spitzer (D), Clinton (D), McGreevy (D), Gingrich (R), Kennedy (D), and on and on and on…It their spouses can't trust them, how can we?

    Bribes: Jefferson (D), Stevens (R), Blagovich (D) and on and on…they are all bought and paid for.
    --------

    But you forgot:
    Mark Foley (R)
    Ted Haggard (R)
    Larry Craig (R)
    Bob Allen (R)
    Glenn Murphy Jr (R)
    Jim Bakker

    There are more but I think you get the picture???

    "He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones."

    July 2, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. George

    He lied to his wife.

    He cheated on her.

    He lied to Congress.

    Oh wait, that was Clinton.

    More double standards, anyone?

    'Fess up and resign. Lie to Congress and be a hero.

    I just don't get it.

    July 2, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. buckwheat

    One thing about these articles you always learn something. I now know the Democrats are the celibacy party from these comments.

    July 2, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    To Dan at 10:23am –

    That could be the most assinine thing I've ever heard. But I'll give you the benefit of the doubt as you are probably the same type of "theorist" that thinks President Obama is Muslim and doesn't have a birth certificate. The astounding reflection of utter ignorance in your words should only help bolster the argument that right-wingers have no place in governance, let alone offering opinions.

    July 2, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Once You Vote Black

    Mary is right! Kathleen is wrong! Jenny new and she did noting about it becaue it let her off the hook from doing her job!

    July 2, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Slappy White

    Is this the same Bill Bennett who has a gambling addiction so intense he poured more than a million dollars down the slot machines?

    July 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Dee

    This is not a political issue...it's a personal one. Isn't THAT what the left kept saying when it was Clinton? How soon they forget....glass houses my little liberals...glass houses.

    July 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Proud American

    The entire party is crazy and in serious need of help.

    July 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Texas

    Mark Sanford need to seriously resign from his job. If he cannot keep his personal life in order, how can he keep his duties in order? He is way too distracted to do his job!

    July 2, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Jerry

    I couldn't care less about Sanford's private life, that's his business. However, he was a vocal critic of President Clinton in 1998 and advocated his impeachment for lying to the American people over an extra-marital affair.

    Now he is caught lying to the American people over an extra-marital affair, and he expects to stay in office?

    Unbelievable.

    July 2, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Operation Crush Rush

    I hope he fights it for years,Rush will blow a fuse,the sooner the better.hahaha

    July 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. justsane

    bennett is correct in saying that sanford needs to quit 'exposing' himself. none of us have signed on as his therapist.

    saying that he can be 'easily' replaced as a shining star in the gop in another matter. their bright and shining stars seem to be flaming out at an alarming rate.

    July 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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