September 18th, 2009
08:34 AM ET
5 years ago

Sanford on Wilson: 'It's time to move on'

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he can feel Joe Wilson's pain.
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he can feel Joe Wilson's pain.

(CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he can feel Joe Wilson's pain.

Sanford on Thursday compared the scrutiny of Wilson - the Republican congressman who was formally reprimanded by the House of Representatives for shouting at President Obama - to the ongoing political war he has faced since revealing an extramarital affair in June. Sanford called it "the same dynamic."

"The guy apologized, and then you can have a bunch of other people come back and say, 'We want you to apologize again and again and again,'" Sanford told CN2 News in Rock Hill, South Carolina. "But what do people want out of federal representation? They want somebody representing them up in Congress."

"At some point in all of life, the question is not, 'When is someone going to make a mistake?', but 'When do the rest of us move on?,'" he said. "He apologized to the president. Does he have to issue 25 more apologies before folks will leave him alone?"

"Having seen some of this process a little up close and personal, my thought is it's time to move on," he concluded.


Filed under: Joe Wilson • Mark Sanford
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Joel Miller

    I agree. Its more than time to move on in both cases. I am a supporter of the Democrats health plan and generally supportive of the President, but I think so much attention placed on the stupid behavior of politicians detracts from the business at hand. Politicians can be as stupid as any one else and they can also be effective even while doing some stupid but petty things. These guys didn't kill anyone, they didn't take bribes or turn over state secrets. One guy chased women, another lost his cool. So what?

    September 18, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Chris - Denver

    "my thought is it's time to move on"

    Agreed. Let's get back to philandering governors.

    September 18, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Marcus

    Historically speaking i notice that when "other" people make dumb mistakes, whether by word or action, the general public tends to want several apologies and acts of sencerity. What makes this guy different, is it because he's a senator or because of his race!?

    September 18, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. MVMCB

    If "JOE THE MOUTH" would have kept it shut after the apology there would not have been this issue, but NO, he had to keep talking. So, Joe, shut up and LET it die. Just say, NO COMMENT asI have made them already.

    September 18, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. GI Joe

    They're both very selfish and crude.

    Get them out of the offices they hold SC. Get them out.

    September 18, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. jinxie

    It is time to move on, Mark.
    Move on out of government, you and Joe, and find yourself a nice comfortable corner near Limbaugh and Beck and let them do the talking. Because you and Joe don't have the brains God gave a rat's ass.
    At least when one of those fools opens their mouth, you know what's on its way out. They only make fools out of themselves and their willing listeners.
    You boys are humiliating the entire nation.
    Stop it.
    Sit down and shut up.

    September 18, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Howard

    Both of these guys are lying hypocrits. Sanford talks family values and responsibility and he sneaks off and has an affair, when he has a wife and children at home on Father's Day no less!!!!
    Wilson is a bigot, whose state has the most uninsured per capita in the US. How can this guys seriously be against health care reform when nearly 1 in 5 people in his state don't have insurance???. That means that folks in his state, when they go into the emergency room as an uninsured patient jack up the cost for the rest of us folks that are insured!!!! Where is all his talk about personal responsibility when this happen???. Wilson supports flying the Confederate flag. For that alone he should be thrown out of office. Give me a break. Both of these guys should crawl back under their rocks and live out the rest of their miserable lives.!

    September 18, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. sara

    mark, did he call you a 'lie' it would have been more fitting. Why are these idiots always downplaying their sickening behaviors. Wouldn't want you indoctrinating my children with Your values. I feel sorry for South Carolinians

    September 18, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. MikeH

    From one ignorant lying Republican hillbilly, to another ignorant lying Republican hillbilly.

    Sanford ought to take Wilson on an Appalaichan trail hike.

    September 18, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Larry

    One loser siding with another ...

    Pathetic ...

    September 18, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Dustin

    As a strong Democrat who cannot stand what Rep. Wilson and the likes represent, I have to agree with Gov. Sanford. We have scolded him, and now we have bigger worries. I do, however, find it horrifying that people actual are claiming that this guy should run for president because he used a formal setting to express his vulgar rage. If it was England, it would be acceptable, as they shout out all of the time, but at least they do it with word flair and style, not the monosyllabic "You Lie"....I think those that oppose the Democrats' reform attempts need to sit back and ask, "Is this really the guy that will make us credible enough to win an election and be our united voice?" I doubt they will answer yes...

    September 18, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. YOU LIE Sanford (o.k. I apologize but send me campaing contributions).

    Sanford defending Wilson? I guess Sanford is desperate for political allies? The two pillars of the S.C. GOP, Sanford and Wilson, are made for each other. The U.S. House didn't request 25 apologies. Wilson dissed Obama very publicly, and then very privately apologized in a call to the White House then started fundraising based on his racist, unprecedented outburst. The House just requested one (1) simple public apology to the House because that was where the heckling took place in violation of House rules. Sanford and Wilson are the glorious future of the GOP.

    September 18, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Melissa

    No, its not. Its time we stopped giving you bloody politicians a free ride every time you do something wrong. No more tolerance for a politicians idiocy.

    September 18, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. john in binghamton

    Yeah, sorry makes it all OK, no matter what you do. I am sorry I used your money to fly first class to Argentina so I could cheat on my wife while I preach about how people are not as moral as me.

    I am sorry I yelled at the president of the US during at state of the union address in front of the whole world and disgraced, congress, the office of the president and the USA.

    September 18, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. victim of republican greed

    Take your own advice Sanford and move on.

    September 18, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. W Spivey

    The Republican catch-all phrase "Let's Move On".

    September 18, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Dee, 1 Vote

    Gov Sanford or Rep Wilson......Dum or Dummer! Mr. Steele, the GOP, and the South will never move on!

    September 18, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. trish

    Hell No he should not be left alone.It is clear that this man cannot control his personal or business affairs.How can he represent the people of South Carolina when he is clearly out of control.He needs time off....and probaly rehab and anger management.No more commiting vile acts and then apologizing..like a spoiled child.Clearly he needs help and should not be representing anyone until he gets help for himself.For God`s sake be a man.

    September 18, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Ryan Indy

    Thats what Democrats do they act "Greater than thou" (when they tore down Bush day after day after day) and wont leave it alone. Why isnt Nancy Pelosi apologizing? Or HARRY REID? or Any of the democrats that called President Bush a LIaR or Loser???? What comes around goes around. And Republicans will treat the Elitest (Obama) with the same respect that the democrats showed President Bush. So get use to it and stop crying.

    September 18, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. wwf

    I don't care about Wilson, Can't fix stupid. We are supposed to teach our children to show respect. Guess someone missed the mark., as did many of those who booed Bush or any President. Stanford should be gone. Period.

    September 18, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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