July 21st, 2009
07:16 PM ET
5 years ago

Sanford says it's time to move on, pressed on no wedding ring

(CNN) - Days after Mark Sanford wrote a newspaper op-ed publicly apologizing for his extramarital affair, the South Carolina governor told reporters Tuesday it's time to move on.

"I made a mistake in life. I've apologized for my mistake," Sanford told reporters at a stop in Greer, South Carolina. "I've said all I am going to say on that one. I am moving forward. I think the people of South Carolina are ready to do the same."

But Sanford, who spent last week away from the governor's office on a private vacation with his wife, did not answer repeated questions about why he was no longer wearing his wedding ring.

"Keep going, anything else," Sanford said motioning for the next question.

Pressed if he thinks his admission to a year-long affair with an Argentine woman will continue to be a distraction, the governor said the people of South Carolina are ready to get past the issue.

"Life and the choices that we make begin each day anew," he told a reporter. "So it's as much a distraction as you want to make it. I am going to move on with my life. The question is will you?

Asked how the scandal has affected his potential 2012 presidential ambitions, Sanford put up his hands and smiled.


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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Jack in Florida

    Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more ........................LOSER

    July 21, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. jaye

    Ther're getting a divorce and he's going to marry his Argentine mistress....?
    He's just another conservative adulterous SINNER!!!!!!!!! And, he abandoned his state!

    July 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. jaye

    Of course he wants to move on....LOLOLOL

    July 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. jaye

    Bill Clinton was impeached for lying....why wasn't Mark Sinford??????

    July 21, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Zero.

    The marriage has already happened. But America will eventually divorce itself from Obama.

    July 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Henry

    When Bill Clinton did it, Sanford let the effort to impeach him. Now, that he has done the same thing, he calls it a distraction. How people keep voting for these Republicans is very interesting.

    July 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. yuri

    This numbskull is fantasizin' that South Carolinians want to move on too. He is half-right, we think. They want to move on without him. It is astonishin' how poweraholic this schmuck is! How can he function normally, as if nothing has happened? He ought ot be tossed out, forthwith.

    July 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Steph

    We should all move on. He needs our support as he does the very important work of protecting the sanctity of marriage from gay and lesbian couples who could ruin an institution he cares so deeply about by wanting an equal shot at living happily ever after in marital bliss.

    July 21, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    This is his defense, he is just going to ignor the mistake? He was dishonest with his wife and children, and the people of SC, and it is all over now? What until the next time he needs to lie?
    This man should resign, or the people of SC need to impeach him.

    July 21, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. lynn in NM

    You're right Mr. Sanford. It's time to move on. When are you leaving?

    July 21, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Pam

    If the people of South Carolina let this hypocritcal weirdo continue as governor...well, they elected him in the first place, so they obviously aren't that particular. I guess if someone calls himself a "conservative Christian", that's good enough for the people of SC!

    July 21, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. RepubliKLANs Are Plain Stupid

    this guy should be on Jerry Springer....Americans are NOT going to move on on this issue and definitely NOT the people of South Carolina!

    this guys should man up and resign!!!!

    July 21, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Republicans are hypocrites and liars

    Sanford does need to move on – he needs to RESIGN as Governor and go pretend to the man he claims to be. The Republican policy of lies and deception started with President Nixon and had escalated ever since to an all time criminal high with Bush and Cheney. Why do we listen to these preachers of "FAILURE" ???

    No more Republicans spouting hate, lies, and calls for America to fail. Vote the rest out in 2010/2012! Let's get back to real American values of progress and success – the ones President Obama is working hard to restore!

    July 21, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. GOP = Party of Hipocrisy

    Sanford should remain in office because the GOP has no better person to lead the party.

    July 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. WENDY

    Hey Gov, YOU don't get to decide when it's time to move on.....the people will decide that. You got a little break because of Michael Jackson's death, but you are still not off the hook.

    July 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Mary from Kentucky

    Let the man move on with his life. There are Politicians that hasn't been caught yet. lol
    This is nothing new. Dem and Reps.

    July 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Lisa, Saugus MA

    It's time to move on! It is now a family issue between this couple and if they choose to stay together well then that's that.

    The media should focus on the more important issues that affect all Americans.

    Let's take the drama out of politics. Leave it for the movies!

    July 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You just expect the people to forgive and forget Gov. Sanford? Good luck with that one.

    July 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. C W

    This man is a narcissist, plain and simple (he's also pretty thick in the head). He expects to be able to do and say anything and everything without consequence.

    I think he is long overdue for a big dose of reality. The good people of South Carolina deserve better than this bozo at the helm (to say nothing of discontinuing the very public humiliation he continues to heap on his family).

    He needs to go – NOW!

    July 21, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Another right-wing moralist hypocrite. This guy is a piece of garbage.

    July 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    He's right. It is time to move on. Bye bye Sanford. Take your C-Street "Brother" (Ensign) with you to Argentina.

    Get out of the country. Let SC have a governor with morals, scrupels, and ethics.

    July 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Roger

    Translation- I lied to the people I was elected to serve. Told them I was off recharging so I could better serve them, while I was really out catting around acting like a 14 yr old but for me to survive politically I need people to forget what I did & pretend I didnt do it. But honestly who did he destroy besides his family? I say let him keep the job he was elected to do.

    July 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Enough

    This cheater is yesterdays news! Does anyone Democrat or Republican really care about this loser or any other cheater?

    July 21, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. TCM

    CNN – this is pathetic.....

    July 21, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Honest1inVA

    Can everyone please give this guy a break? Honestly! People have affairs, John F. Kennedy had TONS of affairs and somehow, everyone still idolizes him!
    What about tackling the most SERIOUS issue of NOBAMA NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE????
    What about Marion Barry still being able to hold a public office??

    Where is the public outrage at THOSE ISSUES?? If they were white guys, the media would have CRUCIFIED them!

    I am seeing a lot more REVERSE RACISM than ever just in the last year alone. Anyone going to elaborate on THAT issue??

    July 21, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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