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.

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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Joanie, PA

    Sanford is a wealthy man. What does he care about the people. Let them eat cake, or in South Carolina's case hoe cakes (which are like hush puppies).

    June 4, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Big Dog

    What a joke for president.

    June 4, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. John G

    I live in South Carolina. Things are bad enough here without bankrupting our children too.

    June 4, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. jared

    here's a man that state is lagging on all levels of human existence for black folk. nobody suceeds but the rich few in good ol south carolina. even though this gov. who holds of the title; the corridor of shame in his state, when it comes to educating black kids and having descent schools and education. pharaoh sanford he still reacts w/ that dixie type of thinking that blacks don't deserve nothing but a plow and a mule to work massa's field. you and lindsay graham. i bet you guys miss them good ol days . if you 2 had your way i bet black folks would be still sharecrop'n and chopp'n cotton. i been to S.C. and you can still see the hate in them folks eyes. now that black folks got them walking papers. the look on their faces says it all. they can stand it.

    June 4, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. D. Williams

    I can see if Gov Sanford had other means and ways dedicated to education, but he didn't so help was provided which he addressed as "a fundamentally flawed governmental structure that impedes and hurts progress in the state of Carolina, and by extension impedes and hurts the quality of peoples lives." Now who is hurting who here? He would rather have education suffer and eventually collapse because of his shallow political views. Gov Sanford we now see who's hurting who! Don't you?

    June 4, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. ib

    People need to listen to this man. He can see what Obama is doing to this country. Are people so lazy anymore that they don't want to do for themselves; that just what Obama is counting on to take total controll of everyones lives. Wake up while we still have a country; he is friends with Chevez because he wants to be just like him and rule every aspect of our lives.

    June 4, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Frank, Las Vegas

    "We have a fundamentally flawed governmental .........

    The only thing that is flawed is Gov. Sanford. He playing to the 20% GOP base and guess what Gov. Sanford, you can't get elected to anything with only 20% behind you. I guess you're still in the part of the GOP that has no idea what happened. Let me tell this, America Rejected the GOP policies and tactics in you haven't noticed. You might as well hang your ambitions in the closet.

    June 4, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. ronie patrick

    Listen fool you will not win in whatever you do from the day you refused that money for children in African American schools that are suffering., Shame on you and I hope you do not get one vote.

    June 4, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. Chris (SC)

    Our system would be flawed if it placed all the power in one person instead of the legislature.

    Sad part of this whole thing is it took a high school student to sue and get the money.

    Granted I like the idea of paying down the debt but if you use the money on debt you will just end up with more debt after all the unemployment checks you would have to send out in the long run anyway so keep people working and paying taxes instead of helping your presidential campaign.

    June 4, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. RR

    When will Sanford learn that Washington DC is all powerful and the puny states should bow before its will!

    RIP states rights

    June 4, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. ronie patrick

    This is for Sarah Palin. Listen uneducated woman you have got to be the worst person in the world. You are an embarrassment to your state, women and the entire world. You should never make any statements about anything. Go back to school starting at the 1st grade and don't leave school until you have learned something.

    June 4, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Jasmine in Germany

    "...an absolute disaster" is that South Carolina is on the very bottom of the educational rank list in the US.Does Sanford really want to keep the citizens of his State disadvantaged? Hey, S.C., if you want to continue to give your children a better life by being on top of the "dummy list", support Sanford. What "impedes and hurts progress in the state of South Carolina" is lack of available education (especially to the poor). If you want your children to prosper and have a decent life, I suggest you vote for a candidate who has this in mind.

    June 4, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. A man of.....poltics not citizens

    What a posturing putz

    "The courts made me do it"?

    be a man Gov. not a willy nilly.

    June 4, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Lynn

    This man is a fool and an idiot. Oh, that's right, he's a Repug and in typical Repug style he is concerned only about himself. He has a job, medical insurance, money to pay his mortgage and for his car and like the rest of the Repugs that is all that really matters.

    Thank God the courts have spoken for the people of that State!

    June 4, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. Pepper from CA

    Gov Sanford... I take offense at your comment of California "an absolute disaster case when it comes to fiscal stewardship."

    California is in the hole because of sub-prime mortgages that the GOP SEC chose to ignore and THAT is a disaster over fiscal stewardship.

    In addition, California has the 8th largest economy in the world... and where is South Carolina? Ok yeah, not even in the top 20.

    June 4, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Pragmatic

    "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..."

    What is he proposing? A dictatorship with himself as the Dear Leader?
    Has he forgotten the state legislature is elected by the people of SC?
    Wow! Don't let this guy anywhere near the White House!

    June 4, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    Gov. Sanford holds and maintains the long held beleif that South Carolina's political system places too much authority in the hands of the state legislature. Consider how the state would have suffered had that same power been entrusted to the one man called Gov. Sanford.

    I suspect that given half a chance, Gov Sanford would reinstitute Slavery with a twist. Among the slaves would be all people he considers to be a threat to his reign as KING of SC and that includes many white slaves too. Gov. Sanford holds and maintains the belief that South Carolina's political system places too much authority in the hands of the state.

    June 4, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. JT

    WEAK, weak governor.

    June 4, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. I am Newt's ex wife

    Hypocrite....grandstander.....uncaring for the people.

    Does Sanford even know where his state ranks against all other states. What a wacko!!

    If this is the best S C has to offer, you guys are hurting!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. Anna, Missouri

    And you wouldn't even know that it is a Republican legislature that he was fighting. South Carolina has some of the worst schools in the nation and rank in the bottom all the time, and he would rather make political points than help the students of his state. His motive may be that if the state actually educates people, they will learn that they have the right to vote idiots like him out of office.

    June 4, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. annie for Palin

    Goodbye SC – you are now owned lock stock and barrell by obama and his henchmen! What is wrong with SC supreme court – sold their souls to the devil! To the citizens of SC if I were you, I would move out now while I could still afford the gas to get out. After obama and his henchmen get thru with you and the debt you will owe for the stinkulus you won't be able to afford to drive across town.

    June 4, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. The Party of NO stood calmly by for 8 year while the shrub raped and pillaged America, so, why would we listen to you now?

    Sorry Sanford, but you are just below the half-wit on the ticker so you get the overflow.

    Obviously, Miss Alaskan Analsphincter had a schedule conflict when she was in one of those 5 colleges, and she dropped Econ 101 so she could take Advanced Baton Twirling with Flames 402.

    June 4, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. jim

    "too much authority in the hands of the state legislature"??? Sounds like he meant to say "how dare they think for themselves"

    June 4, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. Jasmine

    How sad that this governor is willing to let education in South Carolina to further suffer in return for his own political gains...very sad indeed.

    June 4, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. American Idol hater

    How do you force someone to take money they don't want?

    There are so many strings attached to this bailout , that S.C. will be a pupet for the rest of their lives.

    It would be better if the states told Obama to end the wars, cut spending and reduce federal income taxes. Thus giving the people money to spend, i.e. sales tax increase or state taxes in general

    June 4, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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