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. A Concerned Citizen

    I agree...Alot has been said in the aftermath of Wilson's outburst. And no.. let's not mix "apples and oranges". Marriage betrayal and silencing your "emotions" when the head of government is speaking ARE two different issues.
    One violates a vow and the other violates decorum.
    The one similarity they do share is disrespect. In any case, a slap on the hand or numerous apologies doesn't make the wrong go away.. I hope you can understand THAT!!!

    September 18, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. Earl

    Somehow, I don’t believe Tea Party members shouting “hateful speech“ while parading through the streets, cowardly hiding their face behind posters that depict the President of the United States in white face and insulting caricatures, under the moniker of “Free Speech” is what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they penned the First Amendment.

    September 18, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Angy

    that is his answer to everything. ask no questions. just move on. its always that way with the repugs. unless it is a Dem.

    September 18, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Jessy

    As a fellow moderate Republican, we should all just forget Wilson, period. He's just another phase and we all know that. So let's get back on topic with healthcare reform.

    As a certified medical billing and coding specialist as well as a certified medical assistant, I can assure you that the insurance companies are far worse than the government and someone needs to put them on a leash.

    September 18, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. welches, oregon

    why is it that whenever a republican makes a turd out of himself, it's "Time to move on" but if it's a liberal, they're a turd forever.

    Good ole boy double standard

    September 18, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Susan

    Come on Republicans can't you come up with anything better than whinning and complaining, come up with something constructive instead of all the blame pushing off on this administration and take the blame that your last President put on the backs of this president and every american in this country.......

    September 18, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Ryan

    Why should he move on when he is raking in the cash? Unfortunately, it's hard to bring in campaign cash as a result of an extramarital affair Mr. Sanford.

    September 18, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Island girl

    Sanford must be grinning from ear to ear knowing that his misery now has company. They are two peas in a pod and I for one can feel South Carolina's pain.

    September 18, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. angie

    Is this guy serious.

    September 18, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. MD

    While I think what Joe Wilson did was the hight of disrespect to the President of the United States, it is time to move on.
    I just don't like hearing it from a "LYING" Governor who abandoned his wife, children and the state of South Carolina to run off to Argentina to be with his mistress. He shouldn't even be in office anymore let alone be telling the American people when to get over something. What a couple of jerks. Wilson and Sanford...

    September 18, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. carol

    this man's an idiot. you compare your whoring around and disrespecting your family to another idiot who can't accept that the man elected President doesn't look more like him.\

    September 18, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging and Bush had 47 Czars

    It's time for Mark Sanford to move on!....and RESIGN and go be with his Argentina lover! That's where his "family values" heart is, NOT his wife & kids and definitely NOT with the people of South of Carolina!!

    September 18, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging and least you Rightwing NUTS forget, Bush had 47 Czars

    It's time for Mark Sanford to move on!….and RESIGN and go be with his Argentina lover! That's where his "family values" heart is, NOT his wife & kids and definitely NOT with the people of South of Carolina!!

    September 18, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. larry buchas

    That's right, Governor. We want representatives who show integrity. Unfortunately, South Carolina is one state that's not .

    Why do you have a different standard for Democrats than yourself? You should have stepped down for the good people of South Carolina. Joe Wilson doesn't have to step down. But he violated the rules of Congress and should have admitted he was wrong to fellow members.

    September 18, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. republicans hate america

    yeah every time the Rush Limbaugh Party does something wrong they always say move on lets forget about it. They should practice this advise when the other side does it.

    September 18, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. kyle from ohio

    You did not feel that way when Clinton was in office, it goes to show; be not the first to throw a stone, then ask not to be thown at!!!!

    September 18, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Keeth in California

    Sanford on Sanford: me, me, me, me, me.

    September 18, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. republicans hate america

    That picture says it all. three angry rednecks.

    September 18, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. josh

    When gov. sanford said it, I thought it. Should I apologize?

    September 18, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Moosehead

    Who is Sanford to give advice and lectures? The man is morally bankrupt. The fact is,.. we can all move on,... but Joe Wilson still is and will always remain a snake, waiting for the next opportunity to bare his fangs.

    September 18, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. Debra R

    Are you kidding? What else are these pathetic democratic jokers going to do to distract us from their actions to void the Constitution, create a socialist state and spend $$$ we don't have on their pork?

    September 18, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Kathy S. Cloughn

    South Carolina deserves better than these clowns...from one who knows...Ms. Cloughn.

    September 18, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Bill from CA

    "It's time to move on" also rings true of the SC governorship.

    September 18, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Bob the Observer

    Sanford has no right to comment on Joe Wilson. Sanford is a jerk, a philanderer, and a hypocrite. Joe Wilson was passionate about an issue, and let it get the best of him for a moment.

    Sanford should be out of office. Wilson should move on, and you should too, by the way, CNN. Obama is over it. Why aren't you?

    I can't figure out why Sanford is still in the news. He's got the same sticky personality as Blagojevich. He needs to be gone.

    September 18, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. STAND AS ONE

    So, Mr. Sanford you moved from Feeling Sarah Palin's pain to feeling Joe's pain. Gimme a break! ... and As far as Joe Wilson is concerned this would of all been over, if he would have apologized the right way. He broke the House rule and the Democrats took the right measures to punish him. I think he would have apologize if it hadn't been for his fellow Republicans telling him not to.

    September 18, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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