Casting ballot, Sanford says 'life is a series of course corrections'
March 19th, 2013
11:16 AM ET
1 year ago

Casting ballot, Sanford says 'life is a series of course corrections'

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Making his way out of a polling station here Tuesday, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said just being able to cast a vote for himself again amounted to a "real blessing on a variety of levels."

Sanford, along with more than a dozen other Republicans, is vying for a spot on the ballot in the Palmetto State's special election to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by now-Sen. Tim Scott. A primary vote is being held Tuesday.

Sanford became a household name in 2009 after he used a story about a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail to explain his prolonged absence from public life. He later revealed that explanation was false, and that he was actually carrying on an extramarital affair in Argentina. Now divorced, Sanford is engaged to the woman he met in South America.

His bid to become the Republican candidate in the race for the open House seat makes his first venture back into public life since the affair. On Tuesday, he said he wasn't sure how the primary election would turn out, but that "casting the vote wasn't that hard, it was like riding a bike."

"Just the process of getting back up and trying as hard as you can to talk about ideas you've long believed and have the chance to go in and vote is a real blessing on a variety of different levels," Sanford continued.

He added that he believes "life is a series of course corrections. Some days you get right and you surprise yourself on how right you get them. Other days you disappoint yourself and a lot of others."

Other candidates on the ballot Tuesday include fellow Republican Teddy Turner, the son of CNN founder Ted Turner, and Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a Democrat who's the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Jeb

    Sanford has done very well for himself operating on the belief that his supporters aren't very bright.

    March 19, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The former governer missed the biggest course correction in his life when he admantly refused to step down after going AWOL for a couple of days, nearly instigating a manhunt in SC forests. He blew his chance at redemption in my eyes.

    March 19, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Only in The Republican La La Land would a disgraced liar like this be considered a viable candidate for anything!

    March 19, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Babyboomer

    He left the citizens of SC without a Governor for a couple of days. Not even giving his Lt. Governor authority to make decisions. Had there been a natural disaster or something, what were they supposed to do? Course corrections, really???

    March 19, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This guy has an ego problem and a pair on him. He had the audacity to tell his ex wife that he'll "actually pay her this time" if she ran his campaign. I don't see any redemption for the former governor. If Jenny Sanford hasn't forgiven him, why should the voters of South Carolina?

    March 19, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Just to be clear, I'm going to pass on Sanford's redemption tour. I find it distasteful to the extreme.

    March 19, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. DAK

    Vote for whomever you like, but if you vote for this guy, NEVER lecture me on the moral high-ground of the GOP. A KNOWN cheat, a KNOW liar, a KNOWN failure of a family man and husband... and yet the GOP is constantly, 24 / 7 talking about how righteous they are, how God-fearing they are, how we all should want religion in the Government (or at the least THEIR religion in the Government.) Yeah right. With leaders like this, I am proud NOT to be a Republican.

    March 19, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    he believes "life is a series of course corrections.
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    Yeah but most of us tweak our course while en route, not after arriving. Once you arrive you should know how to act. You were a Governor. You know, like a mini President to your state. You should've led by example. There are things that a Governor cannot be caught doing like boinking somebody in another country who is NOT his wife while completely AWOL from his paying job as Governor, and lying to the people that are dependent on him by telling them that he was actually in the U.S. strolling through the Appalachian Trails...
    No amount of course tweaking is going to make us forget that one Gov. Now you might stand a chance with the people of South Kakalakee but even they should know better.
    You really can't make these people up

    March 19, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Luke Brown

    The man has done nothing for this state, except invite ridicule. Course corrections? LOL

    March 19, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    The former governer missed the biggest course correction in his life when he admantly refused to step down after going AWOL for a couple of days, nearly instigating a manhunt in SC forests. He blew his chance at redemption in my eyes
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    Awww come on Rudy! His compass got stuck in an Argentinian cave!
    ROFLMAO!!!

    March 19, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    DAK

    Vote for whomever you like, but if you vote for this guy, NEVER lecture me on the moral high-ground of the GOP. A KNOWN cheat, a KNOW liar, a KNOWN failure of a family man and husband... and yet the GOP is constantly, 24 / 7 talking about how righteous they are, how God-fearing they are, how we all should want religion in the Government (or at the least THEIR religion in the Government.) Yeah right. With leaders like this, I am proud NOT to be a Republican.
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    the right wing sheep are all over Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner but they give this guy a pass....

    March 19, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Pander Bear

    Oh please, what a complete Narcissist. Remember Gary Hart? Was a potential President back in 1984 until he got caught with his pants down. While he's been active in grassroots politics he at least had the decency to stay out of electoral politics. Sanford is a complete sociopath.

    March 19, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Brad

    Republicans, the party of morality…yeah right!

    March 19, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    DAK

    Vote for whomever you like, but if you vote for this guy, NEVER lecture me on the moral high-ground of the GOP. A KNOWN cheat, a KNOW liar, a KNOWN failure of a family man and husband... and yet the GOP is constantly, 24 / 7 talking about how righteous they are, how God-fearing they are, how we all should want religion in the Government (or at the least THEIR religion in the Government.) Yeah right. With leaders like this, I am proud NOT to be a Republican.
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    LOL! I gotta tell you that you could've been talking about Big Willy, as in Bill Clinton!
    The outstanding difference is that Clinton didn't belong to a group of fellas that went around with a big red cross on their chest.
    Crusades anyone?

    March 19, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Pete

    Sanford and the republicans are such a laugh..The sanctumonious party of adulteres that condemn others doing the same thing but in different partys how original and how politically pathedic..The moral,ethical majority remember nitwits..Now what party is lost republicans,not democrates for sure!!

    March 19, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. fernace

    I don't know, but I'm finding politics to be laff-out-loud funny today! What w/McCains "wacko bird" comment & this Sanford guy's excuses for "foolin' around," I'm laughing at these "news" stories! It really brings home the point that politicians are simply human beings, w/all the good & bad that goes along w/that equation! That's why We, the People must constantly stay on top of what our elected officials are doing, to make sure it's done right, the way we voted it to be done! If we don't we only have ourselves to blame, in our tranparent government & governing style! I think Sanford should step down, not because of the affair, but because his ideas are not good for his state & in light of his affair, a bit hypocritical!!

    March 19, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't know, but I'm finding politics to be laff-out-loud funny today! What w/McCains "wacko bird" comment & this Sanford guy's excuses for "foolin' around," I'm laughing at these "news" stories! It really brings home the point that politicians are simply human beings,
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    Ditto that fernace!

    March 19, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |