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. Expat American

    I agree. Let's all move on away from these two 'Country First Values' scumbags.

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

    Governor Sanford,

    You do remember that you were no so forgiving when Bill Clinton was getting impeached for lying about his adultery, right?

    September 18, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. Steve, Columbia SC

    It is not appropriate to identify Congressman Wilson as a "heckler". the Congressman has formally acknowledged his outburst was inappropriate, and has apologized to both the President and Vice President.

    The only reason this is still news is because the Democrats and the media want and need to make political hay out of it.

    MOVE ON CNN.

    September 18, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Tom C

    Yes, Joe apologized to the president. I doubt if it was heartfelt though. He gave the house of representatives another black eye for his outburst. He brought the civility down to the town house meetings attitude that you can insult whoever you want. It was a total disrespect to his fellow house members. He needs to apologize to them and move on. It seems his ego is in his way.

    September 18, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Bluebonnet

    I don't recall ANY democrat apologizing for their deplorable conduct toward President Bush! They thought they were justified in that conduct. Move on, people!

    September 18, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. Simmy

    Those with racist tendencies always want to move on......Let's not move on....The scab has been removed at this time and place for a reason.....This must be dealt with now.....,It's time again, for President Obama to address this issue...It's not the time to ignore it....It's not going away.....All these years, it's been festering and congealing......Bring it on.......Too long overdue....

    September 18, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Chris from San Antonio

    Sanford, when are you going to get that your constituents aren't mad at you for your affair, but for your hypocrisy regarding family values?
    Are you ever going to get it? Will any Republican with "family values" that gets caught in a scandal ever going to get it?

    September 18, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. J

    "Does he have to issue 25 more apologies before folks will leave him alone?"

    Yes, HE DOES!!!! As a matter of fact.....TO THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES!!!

    September 18, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Brian, Pensacola

    and I am supposed to take the advice of this guy.. on moving on.. when he wanted to move on from his family and wife and did a bang up job on that.... please... SC needs to move on from Sanford and Joe Wilson as their elected officials!

    September 18, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. I can see Canada from my house!

    Has anyone got a muzzle?

    September 18, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. Colin, RI

    Duh. What else would he say?

    September 18, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Ronnie A.

    Pssst. Gov. Sanford, your situation and Cong. Wilson's are not the same. Apples and oranges. But I'm sure you know that. I doubt very seriously that your attempt to link the two situations is going to garner much right wing support. Your "mistake" has the kind of family related moral element to it, that is indefensible in right wing circles. They cannot put a "happy" spin on it, like they can with Wilson's "mistake".

    Nice try, though.

    September 18, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Seattle Sue

    One loser defending another loser. And Sanford don't forget the other loser Demint.

    September 18, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Good grief - is Sandford the new leader of the GOP. His utterances are certainly receiving a great deal of coverage lately.

    The GOP has become not only the party of no ideals, no solutions, and no bipartisanship - they are now demanding we view them all as poor helpless victims.

    Talk to the millions who have been affected by the economic meltdown or the deaths of loved ones fighting in two wars - all created by the republican congress and Bush policies. Let the public decide, Sandford and cohorts, who is or isn't a *victim*.

    September 18, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. R Wolf

    What an ego this man has. First of all, these people only want to move on when it is convenient to them. If you don't want to be in the media spotlight, then don't use behavior that goes against society's norms. Stanford is a liar and a cheater. Who cares, other than his family, if it weren't for the fact he was on taxpayers time and taxpayers dime. That's why he should be gone. As far as Wilson, if there isn't some rule of conduct for a body like the Senate and Congress, then this Country is lost. This man wanted his 15 minutes of fame, but now can't take the fire. He, like so many other male politicians, even has him family speaking for him. Both men are bullies, arrogant and babies. They are a disgrace to their party, but their party seems to be one big disgrace these days. You can have disagreements, even passionate ones, but you have got to show respect and you have got to give each side their time to speak.

    September 18, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. Diana NJ

    Sandford and Wilson should move on. They have embarrassed their state and both have shown no respect for the positions they hold.

    September 18, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. marcus (seattle)

    from the facts in sanford's case, it's obvious he doesn't have a clue, so i'll try to help him understand... although wilson "officially" apologized, he has fundamentally spent every day since then UNapologizing, raising money based on the action he "apologized" for, and being the poster boy for the unapologetic right-wing freaks who didn't mind george w. bush running up trillions of dollars in debt, but are suddenly VERY concerned about the debt under obama.

    September 18, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. Jonas

    Mark Sanford actually believes that shouting at the president during a speech - while rude and disrespectful - actually compares to misuse of taxpayer money, committing adultery, and embarrassing your wife by saying your mistress is your "soulmate"?

    The man is delusional at best and dangerous at worst. It's time for the GOP in South Carolina to man up and impeach that embarrassment to their state, to faithful husbands, to upstanding citizens everywhere.

    September 18, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. Ray

    Wilson hasn't apologized to Congress or the American people. Yes, he has apologized to the president, but he wasn't the only one insulted by Wilson's behavior.

    Once he's apologized to Congress and us and is then publicly reprimanded and censured for his inexcusable behavior, then we can move on.

    September 18, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. m jeff

    It's time for Gov Sanford to move on, there are too many Clowns in S.C.

    September 18, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Jennifer B

    "It's time to move on" - wow what a revelation. Most of us have been saying that for five or six days now. This whole mess just turned into another cheap political stunt to gain cash.

    September 18, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. Darla Wilshire

    This seems to be the new mantra of the South Carolinian republicans. Forget what we did; we're not really sorry, but we apologized, and now all of the voters should just 'move on'. If South Carolina keeps these people as representatives of its state, it says a great deal about the inhabitants; remember, South Carolina ranks 48/50 in health care for its citizens. With that said, how important are its citizens to South Carolina?

    September 18, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. andrew s. rostolder

    time to move on is "right on".......lets dump the neanderthals. the family values party doesn't seem to be working... they are out playing around with women while married to other women and have the nerve to tell me about family values. and the other jerk needs to be humiliated in the town square until he learns to respect the presidency of this country....it ain't the 50's anymore and the 50's ain't coming back..........get used to it or pack up and move out of this great country where your antiquated ideas may be accepted......

    September 18, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Zach K

    Of course you would defend him Sanford, he said "You Lie!" to the President's Face. You lied to your state about an affair, and look what it cost you? Your wife and 2012 bid.

    September 18, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. Tom C in NY

    Let's see, a guy who plays the "family values" card while cheating on his wife and letting his personal affairs totally interfere with his performing his duties as governor, yeah, that's exactly the kind of guy you'd want in your corner when you are an ethically challenged racist like Addison Wilson. South Carolina Republicans seem to think that there are two sets of rules – one for themselves and another for everyone else.

    September 18, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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