June 4th, 2009
06:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Sanford will accept stimulus funds on Monday

(CNN) - Reacting to the South Carolina Supreme Court's ruling that he must take $700 million in federal stimulus funds dedicated to education, Gov. Mark Sanford said Thursday he will abide by the court's decision and sign paperwork requesting the money on Monday.

But Sanford, a possible 2012 presidential candidate, also called the ruling "terribly flawed" and said the decision reinforced his long-held belief that South Carolina's political system places too much authority in the hands of the state legislature.

"We have a fundamentally flawed governmental structure that impedes and hurts progress in the state of South Carolina, and by extension impedes and hurts the quality of peoples' lives in South Carolina," he said at a press conference in Columbia.

Pointing to California as an example of "an absolute disaster case when it comes to fiscal stewardship," Sanford lamented that his state missed a chance to show other states "a different way than simply taking this money and spending it."

Still, he called the prolonged fight over the money an "incredibly important debate" over the balance of power and taxpayer rights.

Filed under: Mark Sanford
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Army Girl

    A smart political move. say you don't want it, take, and than kick and scream while spending it. Mr Stanford, i know you don't believe South Carolina would have set an example because as broke as your state is, you should be begging for help.

    June 4, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Had It

    Once the poor in that state get an education, they'll never vote for another republican.

    Can't come too soon.

    Congratulations SC !!

    June 4, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. The Broker.

    The Broker! Broke. But CNN never Spoke...

    June 4, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. proud army navy mom

    this was sanford's plan all along. He just wanted to stand on a pulpit and appear righteous. He just looked stupid and insensitive though.

    Exactly who does the repugs think they are fooling????

    June 4, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. elana

    Thank you Supreme Court! Now I certainly hope Mr. Sanford will get his act together and spend that money for education! As usual, another disgruntled Republican who has to be "steered" by of all people, THE SUPREME COURT!!

    June 4, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom

    Turkey. How much money was wasted in S.C. taking this case to the court?

    June 4, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Tim Conoway

    Maybe South Carolina can get their roads fixed now?

    June 4, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. JON

    Stanford thought he could do whatever he wanted just like Bush . To bad the courts didn't stop Bush the same way we could have save 1.5 trillion dollars and saved 5000 Amerian lives. And this guy wants to be president ...wow

    June 4, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. katiec

    I feel sorry for you people living in South Carolina.
    You obviously have a governor who does not care about you
    or your survival and will sacrifice you to get the headlines.
    What a dufus.

    June 4, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Independent

    According to Stamford, one state can decide how the federal government spends money, on the legal grounds that the governor is running for president in 2012.

    June 4, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Ellen

    So, in his quest for fiscal responsibility, did Sanford pay for the 'prolonged legal battle' out of his own pocket so that South Carolinians don't have to absorb the costs for this arrogant man – or is he going to charge it to his presedential election campaign?

    June 4, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Johnny DC

    Great. Take the money that everyone (read: "the uneducated and misinformed") wants you to take, and then you will have to abide by the mandated stipulations that come along with it. And then your journey to the dark side will be complete.

    Sith Lord Obama

    June 4, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. brooklynbaba

    that's great info

    June 4, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. lkb

    give the man credit for standing up for the principles of sound econo0mics, fiscal responsibility and acknowledging how this irresponsible spending will in the end hurt the people. I wish more counld support this instead of looking for the easy way out. I resent having to bail out California.

    June 4, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. The Broker.

    Who is this lady? She also never mentioned the word "Power"...

    June 4, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. RCasson

    This is good news. How dare this idiot deprive his state of much needed funds? The GOP is too ridiculous for words.

    June 4, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Shouldn't you have South Carolina secede from the union before accepting that Democratic socialist money???? Remember to wear teabags on your head at the secession rally!!! Just because a court says you have to take it, doesn't mean you really have to....besides half those judges are racists, and ruling with empathy towards the people in your state.....MAN UP MARK!!!! That's what a president would do.....

    June 4, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Josh

    Yeah, accepting money to fund your state's education system is really holding South Carolina back. Nothing impedes progress like education. Idiot.

    June 4, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. J-Syxx

    [quote] "We have a fundamentally flawed governmental structure that impedes and hurts progress in the state of South Carolina, and by extension impedes and hurts the quality of peoples' lives in South Carolina," he said at a press conference in Columbia.[/quote]

    I think you mean their idiotic governor who doesn't care about the unemployed fathers and mothers who can't provide for children who are forced to attend your crummy, crumbling excuses for schools. Thank god for the balance of power taking the ability to put political grand-standing over the well being of citizens away from this snake of a politician.

    June 4, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. John in IL

    Obama is shady, I can't believe he is the president. Our country is going straight down the tubes.

    June 4, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. ron

    Now SC better appoint someone to make sure this idiot does not pocket the money.

    June 4, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Lee in Oregon

    How can any governor refuse to accept money for educational purposes in his state? What is up with that?

    With Gov. Sandford's views in this matter it is laughable that he would expect to be elected for any future public office.

    June 4, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Peter

    This proves how insane this man really is, not to offend people, but its pretty obvious that South Carolina is a Republican stronghold, and when the supreme court of a state like SC can force the Governor to take "Socialist" money, that shows that Sanford is beyond crazy. I cannot believe he is being considered to run for the GOP nomination in 2012, he needs to stop thinking about running for president now, on the account no matter what Obama does the United States will not elected him because he is so stupid.

    June 4, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. Brandon V in DFW

    Though I do understand the governor's argument, the logic of it frightens me. The governor thinks that one man should be able to make the financial decisions for his state.

    That is the whole point of a legislature to debate and get several different inputs and views. One man having all the power to determine the fate of his state is not the American way. That is why the court ruled the way it did.

    They determined that the governing body, the state legislature, is responsible for making these kinds of decisions. It doesn't mean the governor is ruled out, it just means that more voices are heard in debating the issue.

    June 4, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Joanie, PA

    No, don't do it. We don't want to force you. We'd rather the voters VOTE YOU OUT.

    June 4, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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