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. joy

    Ha! The perfect man to defend Wilson!!

    September 18, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Tim

    Um, Sanford, what you did and what Wilson did is just a little bit different. I agree it's time to move on. In Wilson's case, let's move on, the points were made. In your case, please move on.

    September 18, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. mikael

    What joe wilson did was show the world the mentality of south carolina politicians. Sanford betrayed his office by leaving the state without anyone knowing where he was, i could care less if he was sleeping with goats. Joe wilson disrespected the office of the president, whether you care for obama or not. He does not deserve to be in congress. I have lived in south carolina and have relatives there , i cant understand why they swallow in their ignorance.

    September 18, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. HJA

    Wlison was told to apologize by his party. If they had not spoke to him he would not have said a word. He is a racist. Of that there is no doubt. When Essie Mae Washington-Williams came forward in 2003 saying she was the illegitimate daughter Sen. Strom Thurmond (Essie is black....Oh No!) he said It was a smear on Strom Thurmond's image. He also said that even if it was true she should have kept it to herself. Wilson is so typical of what is going on in the Republican party. Nothing would make me more happy than to see these clowns get stomped in the next election.

    September 18, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. sensi johnson

    How in the world can you ask a mouse to guard the cheese?

    September 18, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. bb

    Wilson was right and no its racism it was just a lie by Oblunder

    September 18, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Andi

    Note to Mark Sanford:

    Shut up

    September 18, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. clifford rhodes

    So, you want to move on now? Huh!

    September 18, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Proud American

    I have been watching everything that has been going on with Mr. Wilsons outburst to the president. People think he should appologize and his outburst was inappropriate.

    Mr. Wilson is representing his constituates and I think what he did is a good thing. He spoke his mind, and in the heat of the moment the truth comes out of people. I have read the health plan bill all 1018 pages and I feel from what I read that he is correct to a point.

    We are in American and we need people we are willing to put their carriers on the line to do what is right, not idle representative that go with the flow because the party wants them too. What is right isn't always the most popular course of action and I don't believe that this bill is ready to be passed as is and more time is needed.

    September 18, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Beth

    His behavior after his apology is the reason people do not feel he was sincere. It would have been simple for him to show sincerity, even to fake it but he didn't. As with any job, he received a behaviorial reprimand. It just so happens this was with the President and on national televison.

    September 18, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Ed E

    Quit crucifying the guy over a stupid remark. He should have used more self control but obviously he has low impulse control.

    The conservatives still can't believe they have totally screwed up the country and squandered the chances they had so now we're looking to the liberals to get something done. Get over it guys. You blew it!

    September 18, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. greg hill

    Did the republicans "move on" after finding out that Bill Clinton had a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky? Hell no they didn't!!! They took it as far as the law would allow! The Democrats should grow some testicles and crucify the entire republican party at each and every opportunity that arises until the party doesn't even exist anymore. Republicans never turn the other cheek and show mercy. Democrats shouldn't either.

    September 18, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Joe the Troll

    Well, with Sanford in your corner, how can you go wrong?

    September 18, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Beau

    Does anyone really care what Gov Mark Sanford has to say about this ..... or anything else??? Maybe he just has a 'need to be talk to someone' (even if it is to the Liberal left wing media) before he's impeached in Jan ........... and divorced in February.

    September 18, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Michael A.

    no, I don't live in D.C, nor do I work in Congress and even I know you don't shout at the commander in chief while he addresses the legislature, the nation of people he leads, and the rest of the world. Wilson definitely should have been formally reprimanded by Congress and maybe has is salary docked a little, then we should all just move on and get back to the true issue at hand: healthcare reform.

    September 18, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Clint

    Those 2 guys deserve each other. We here in Texas thank S.C. for taking the attention away from our Guv Goodhair and his efforts to be named the most ignorant Governor in the good old USA.

    September 18, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Two of a kind..... Why is Sanford still in office?

    September 18, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Bambam

    Are you kidding me? I get so sick of politicians, athletes, etc., thinking that by simply mouthing the words "I'm sorry" they should be off the hook! I learned at an early age that there are consequences for my words and actions....good and bad.

    The fact that Sanford is still in office reflects quite poorly on the good people of South Carolina!

    September 18, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. PaulC

    It would be nice if Joe Wilson and Mark Sanford were treated the same as the rest of us however, his pay scale and benefits place him in a different catagory and a much higher standard.
    He wants to receive a lifetime pension after 1 term, unlimited health care, chauffer, bodyguards, etc. and then expect to be treated the same as everyone.
    He should represent his state with dignity and with their benefit in mind. Good luck with that.

    September 18, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Chuck

    Look who's talking. Gov. Sanford you have a lot of nerve. It is not about saying he is sorry, but where is the remorse? If he must apologize 25 times to make it right, then so be it. This guy is just one of many who are out of control. He shouted out " You Lie" at an official session of Congress, he violated the rules and now he needs to pay the cost. If he cannot present his objections in a professional manner then I see why his home state of South Carolina has so many issues.

    September 18, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. JOY

    These elected people owe a debt to society , they must behave civil . Thier education and exposure is an engine to decorum . They are clearly showing a lack of class. Wilson's emotional outburst reminds me of a five year old. As for Sanford that adulterer , he has no respect for his family and himself. Getting paid back after maligning Clinton Hurrah for retribution

    September 18, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. Slider

    Hey Sanford, I'm still waiting for this useless president to apologize to all Americans for calling those who oppose his healthcare "plan" a liar.

    September 18, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. David S.

    I can just imagine the scene in Wilson's office when they found out they were getting support from Mark Sanford of all people. I can imagine Wilson screaming "Darnit!! Why couldn't he keep his mouth shut?"

    September 18, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. Ben

    Sorry Gov, but having an affair is not the same thing as blurting out something at the wrong time. You lied and cheated on your wife, Rep. Wilson was enraged and stated what he and many others think is the truth. While the reaction is similar, it is not the same. You shoud not think to drag Rep. Wilson down to your level.

    September 18, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. scott

    I'd like Sanford to appologize 68,000 times, once for each taxpayer dollar he spent on covorting around Europe in a private jet.

    September 18, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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