(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.
Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more ........................LOSER
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!
Of course he wants to move on....LOLOLOL
Bill Clinton was impeached for lying....why wasn't Mark Sinford??????
The marriage has already happened. But America will eventually divorce itself from Obama.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You're right Mr. Sanford. It's time to move on. When are you leaving?
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!
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!!!!
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!
Sanford should remain in office because the GOP has no better person to lead the party.
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.
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.
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!
You just expect the people to forgive and forget Gov. Sanford? Good luck with that one.
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!
Another right-wing moralist hypocrite. This guy is a piece of garbage.
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.
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.
This cheater is yesterdays news! Does anyone Democrat or Republican really care about this loser or any other cheater?
CNN – this is pathetic.....
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??