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. ex-Republican

    He simply needs to apologize to the house where he made his idiotic remark.

    Sanford you should not be giving advice to this man. I hope that both of you bozos gets voted out of office.

    South Caroline we can do better.

    September 18, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. AARON

    Poor Republican Party, it is being taken over publicly by the rascist, disrepectful and adulterous wing of the party. Where is Mike Steele and John McCain in all of this? They are the de facto leaders of the Republican Party.

    September 18, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Fatboi,Alexandria,La.

    Boy he's sure pretty red on that picture he kind of look's like his neck is a little red too.

    September 18, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Al from SoCal

    No it's not, the man (Obama) came to Joe Wilson's house (House of Representatives) and lied to him, lied to his constituents, and lied to the American people. The facts favor Joe Wilson. It is time for others in Congress grow a couple and proclaimed to Obama, "Yes you lie ,Yes you Iie Yes you lie" again and again and again, Obama needs to apologize to Joe Wilson his constituents and the American people.

    September 18, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Ben in Texas

    Repugnant bozos seem to think they can do anything and get a free pass with some insincere apology, and that everybody should just clam up and let them go on to the next "mistake". Bush and Cheney did that for 8 years, but without the apology.

    How long do we let these law-breaking criminals get away with it? Put them in jail to deter future crime in high places, and to restore the confidence of Americans in their justice system. Politicians are getting so sloppy with their criminality because they know, just like over-paid executives know, that there are no consequences for them. After all, they are the ruling class, right?

    September 18, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. cramit

    Yes , it's time for Wilson to move on to the senate

    September 18, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Terry from Texas

    Conservatives are becoming quite adept at street theater. Wilson is just one example.
    1. Make an outrageous statement.
    2. Enjoy seeing your picture on the front page for three days.
    3. Release a mealy-mouthed apology filled with double-entendres which make it clear that the apology is grudging and insincere.
    4. Claim that it's time to "move on" with helping America solve her problems.
    5. Do nothing to help America solve her problems.
    6. Start planing your next outrageous statement.

    Can anyone be fooled by these little Conservative melodramas?

    September 18, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. CR

    Birds of a feather. Is there something in the South Carolina water? More than their share of wingnuts.

    September 18, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. victim of republican greed

    Would someone tell these two that South Carolina has one of the worst records of any state in regard to health care?

    September 18, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    OMG, it's like Shemp telling people to lay off Curly!!!

    September 18, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. JJ Jones

    They are similar. They both should be out of office.

    September 18, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Sam Sixpack

    Neither of these guys ever tried to take $500 billion away from little old ladies' health care. Perhaps that's why some racists don't like them.

    September 18, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Hugo

    No matter what Joe Wilson would say or do the Democrats will cry racist in an effort to distort, distract or evade the fact that Obama lied when insisting the healthcare plan provided care for illegal immigrants. This is what politicians do, they lie and tell half truths in support of their agenda and their lobbyist masters. This is like the Cap and Trade Bill, Obama states he will not raise Federal income taxes on citizens making up to $250,000. He wont, he will pass a Bill that will tax the manufacturing businesses and Utilities that in turn will increase their cost to the citizenry to pay for the new "Utility" tax increases imposed upon them by the Cap and Trade Bill. Does it matter what you call it when at the heart of it all it is deceit ? The problem with supporting Obama is that if your IQ is over 65, it just doesn't make sense to your!

    September 18, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Tex

    Maybe he should apologize 25 more times, to make an example henceforth that heckling IN CONGRESS at THE PRESIDENT should never be done again.

    September 18, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Dan

    What a couple of lunkheads.

    Has anyone looked into the possibility that Sanford and Wilson are related, check the # of toes on their feet to see if there are extras or one is missing as a result of inbreeding?

    Just asking.

    September 18, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. The Dude

    It's time to move on as long as it is one of your cronies who messed up. Of course, had it been a Democrat you would have beated that horse until is decomposed.

    September 18, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Allen from Texas

    I'm tired of Sanford trying to compare himself to any and all persons who have screwed up, trying to make himself look better. Sanford, enough is enough, pack your bags and get out. You are an embarrassment to the South!

    September 18, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. J.Crobuzon

    Yeah, whenever I screw up and make a total monkey of myself, I am always the first to say, "yeah, well, let's forget it and move on." South Carolina must be really proud of these fine pubic servants.

    September 18, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Marcus

    Let's see, if I offend 100 people and apologize to only one I don't have to apologize to the other 99. I like the new rules of etiquette. Joe Wilson did apologize to the President, but he offended many of his colleagues and broke the rules of the Congress.

    September 18, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. Vincent

    The guy apologized to the President but not both Houses for his rudeness.

    Much like being at the front of the line when someone wants to cut in. As I always say, I don't mind but, you have to ask all those in back of me if they mind.

    He brought embarrassment to both Houses, the American Public and to those watching the speech in other countries, embarrassment of the United States.

    September 18, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. musician

    I believe what is being asked for is an apology to his fellow congressional members for breaking a very long standing protocol, not "25 more apologies" as Gov Sanford so ridiculously suggests.

    September 18, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Accountability

    An apology without atonement is nothing. But Sanford wouldn't know anything about that.

    September 18, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. bill

    Really CNN, with the Poles feelingbeing betrayed and Putin applauding the announcement to pull the missle shield. WIth Congree voting to take over entirely the Student loan system. With Acorns entire organization failing, youre ticker talks of an issue that was already apoligized for.

    Theres no call for public outburst in joint sessions of congress, it was an emotionally based mistake that has been apoligized for.

    But lets look larger scope, just a bit, can we, or are you too busy helping Time Magazine attacking Fox and Glenn Beck. You used to represent at least somewhat of a middle ground between Fox and MSNBC. But not any more. If you could again, you would find great success.

    September 18, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. victim of republican greed

    The second was to be an apology to the house for violation of house rules. Time for Sanford to resign.

    September 18, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. Brian

    The problem is he did what he did in front of Millions. He needed to man up and not duck behing a phone call. It's pretty much over but that will teach any other "respectable" elected official not to act disrespectfully to the office of the President.

    September 18, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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