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.


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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. KK

    Self-inflicted pain.

    September 18, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. Kevin St Pete FL

    I'll move on when you move out.

    Of office.

    September 18, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. Jersey Bob

    Rep. Wilson said "My party leaders told me to apologize, so OK I'm sorry." That isn't an apology and Gov. Sanford knows it.

    September 18, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Roger

    Sanford should be thankful there is a bigger chucklehead from South Carolina other him for the world to make fun of.

    September 18, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    One jerk sticking up for another.

    September 18, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. maximus

    Yea right! Of course! A bad apple falls in love with another bad apple. It's expected. Even if you would like to criticize him, you can't, because it would be like the pot calling the kettle black. after all, doesn't he make you feel stronger and give you more reason to deny your misconduct. Congratulation! Mr. Sanford, you're not alone in your category; and there's more where that one comes from.

    September 18, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Old White Virginia Female

    There is no rule that says you cannot call the President of the United States a liar, even to his face. However, what Mr. Sanford and the rest of the Republicans crying, "Enough is enough," do not seem to understand is that the act of bursting out with, "You lie," was disrespectful to the Congress. This lack of control is disgusting, needs to be punished as though he were a child because he behaved like a very bad child, and it is not something that the Congress should be allowed to sweep under the rug because he made a phone call to the President. If our Congressmen cannot handle more than just health care, they need to be replaced. Take care of cleaning up your house in addition to fixing our broken health care system.

    September 18, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. mary

    Gov. Sanford, I'm sorry but Joe Wilson didn't apologize because he realized he had been stupid; he did because he was asked to. That's what he said. You folks in South Carolina should understand that the days of slavery are over. Black people are no longer 3/5 persons and you can't behave anyhow and expect to be left off the hook!

    September 18, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. Guilded

    No...he doesn't have to apologize 25 more times. Just once more to the House he disrupted. He heckled the President, he apologized to the Pres. He disrupted and embarassed Congress...he should apologize to them. Period.
    If he can't....he holds himself higher than the position he deserves and I hope he is voted out next term. Plain and simple. This is stupid.

    September 18, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Sue

    Mark Sanford is right about ONE thing – it's time for HIM to move on – Go, goodbye Mark!!!! Joe Wilson was talking for the peope – Mark was talking about his lusts.

    September 18, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Linda

    It is time for Sandford and Wilson to move on. They are human – we all make mistakes – however when you are in leadership, your mistakes are excused but you're quality of leadership is below 0. Resign, now and allow someone to fill the office and lead us out of the mess this State and Country is in. Please.

    September 18, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Glenn

    Hopefully Sanford will step down and Joe Wilson will be defeated in his next election.

    September 18, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. Larry Mason

    Nonsense, although understandable coming from someone who is very excited about the concept of "moving on." The apology that the House sought wasn't another apology to the President; it was an apology to the institution of the House of Representatives for an egregious violation of its rules of decorum.

    September 18, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Canada

    Thank God am a Canadian were polotic are civil...

    September 18, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Look, it is not the apology but the fact that he felt quite comfortable doing it in the first place. This speaks to the fact that Republicans will not legitimize this President. NO ONE has EVER addressed a sitting President in this manner, NO ONE in 220 years. There is a pervasive atmosphere of disrespect towards this President. This needs to be acknowledged and addressed by the leadership (whoever that is today) of BOTH Parties. The fact that NO ONE is stepping up and saying: 'hey, you cannot bring a loaded gun to a Presidential rally, you cannot let loose with your baser impulses and yell out at the President when he is addressing Congress', can be seen as silent consent. The behaviour of the perpetrators as well as the politicians that do not speak out against it is deplorable, and irresponsible.

    September 18, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  16. Glynda

    The reason why Rep. Wilson was formally reprimanded is that he refused to apologize to the House of Representatives, the very place he made his infraction. Had he formally apologized to the House, as well as the President, then it probably would have been accepted and we could all move on. If you ask me, he owes the American people an apology for he total lack of respect towards those who watched his childish outburst and have had to deal with its aftermath.

    September 18, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. my thought is it's time to move on?

    Sanford, you said it best, and I'm glad the words came from you yourself

    so do just that Mr. Sanford, move on

    resign, I would say to keep you dignity, but you have long since abandoned dignity

    at this point, just go

    September 18, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Rick Atl

    I wonder how this made up lie compaires to Bush's lie he told to take us to WAr

    September 18, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. Ryan

    In fact I would like to see Mr Wilson issue 25 more apologies.

    Look at the guy on the left and right , they are smiling and focused on pres Obama's face.
    If I was sitting next to Mr Wilson I would look at him startled by unexpected the outburst.

    You know they crossed lines , and the ' outburst ' or ' heat ' of the moment thing is none sense.

    September 18, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. Abbott

    Very appropriate for Sanford to team up with Wilson. They are birds of a feather.

    September 18, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. Independent

    I am tired of all of the nastiness in politics.....Enough Already!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. jaye

    Sanford and Wilson are a disgrace to the state of South Carolina.
    South Carolina use to be a great state to live, but, the republicans took over and ruined it.

    September 18, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. Mark

    The dems are acting so childish. The guy already apologized. End of story. Why doesn't the media keep harping on VP Biden for his outlandish comments????

    September 18, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. Scott, Tucson

    I have not heard one apology coming from the democrats for all the insults they hurled at George Bush during his eight years in office. So ge use to it, it comes with the office.

    September 18, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  25. Patriot

    South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union, and fired the first shot in the Civil War. As far as I'm concerned, it can still leave the Union, and take Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Coulter, and all of the treasonous Tea-Baggers, Birthers, Deathers, Tenthers, and Gun
    Toters with it.

    September 18, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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