(CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford - facing a growing impeachment threat over his secret trip to Argentina in June - said Tuesday he's not preparing for a legal battle with state legislators who want to remove him from office.
"I'm not looking for a fight," Sanford said during a radio interview in Columbia, when asked if he's ready to hire lawyers to combat possible impeachment charges.
At the same time, the embattled governor acknowledged his fate rests in the hands of the state legislature, which by many accounts is set to begin the impeachment process when it re-convenes in January, pending the outcome of a state ethics panel investigation into Sanford's travel expenses.
Asked if he believes he committed any sort of impeachable offense during his time in office, Sanford said only: "Well, that's for the General Assembly to decide."
The governor, however, suggested that actions related to his June disappearance did not rise to the level of offenses committed by other state executives who have been impeached in the past.
"There have been eight governors impeached in the history of this nation," he said, describing the actions of those governors as "heinous."
"And so I would say there is certainly a world of difference between what happened in those instances and what happened here," he added.
Sanford took questions from several callers, none of whom called on him to step down.
He said it was "unfortunate" that Republican House Speaker Bobby Harrell called for his resignation on Tuesday and said he wants critics to wait for the outcome of the ethics investigation.
The governor spent most of the interview touting his administration's record on fiscal matters, arguing that he should remain in office because he is "a voice for fiscal sanity" and "an advocate for restructuring" in government.
"We all want do-overs," Sanford said. "That is the nature of being human. And so I apologize as I have so many times before. But I am human and I make mistakes. But I also believe that God can use imperfect people to perform his will."
Sanford also rejected the suggestion that he might be a drag on the Republican ticket in next year's governor's race.
"The Republican Party is not me and I am not the Republican party," he said. "So I don't think that what happens in the next election cycle is based on what does or doesn't happen with Mark Sanford."