June 26th, 2009
02:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Sanford: 'Just trying to survive today'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/24/south.carolina.governor.emails/art.sanford.head.down.gi.jpg caption="Sanford brushed aside calls for his resignation Friday."](CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford brushed aside calls for his resignation Friday, telling reporters he is just trying to "survive today."

"I'm just trying to survive today is what I'm trying to do," he said in a brief question-and-answer session with members of the media, adding that "my hunch is to continue on."

The embattled governor also praised his wife Jenny's reaction to his admission of an affair with an Argentine woman.

"Jenny has been absolutely magnanimous and gracious as a wonderful Christian woman in this process," Sanford said.

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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Son of Strom

    He left his heart in Argentina (he never had a brain). She needs to kick him out now, and I imagine she will. The Columbia State paper poll is running 70-30 for him to resign.

    June 26, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Time for Truth

    If Republican leaders, some of the most self-righteous people ever, do not force Sanford out of office (either for having the affair or for using state funds to pay for it, or for both), then the Republican Party will have nothing left to run on.

    Btw, Vitter, Ensign, and Craig are still in office, and the Republican Party already appears to stand for nothing.

    June 26, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Island girl

    "People lighten up, he broke no law".
    Avi, that's right! He only broke his non-essential marriage vow. That silly certificate means nothing; and as to South Carolina, they can run themselves with vigilantes for a couple of days while Señor Romeo tangos with Señorita Julieta, so who needs a governor? Anything goes in the good ol' USA.. Ay dios mio!!!!

    June 26, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Len in Washington

    His repeated use of the word "Christian" in the last couple of days is transparent to the "Nth degree."

    He needs to leave....and take the rest of the hypocrits with him...starting in the Senate.

    How's your "Glass House" Sanford? Oh yeah, you don't have a house anymore, do you?

    June 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Get a Life !!

    Sanford is a pathetic individual. He isn't apologizing for his actions, he is apologizing for getting caught. So he crouches in a fetal position, covers his face and cries like a baby. Worse yet, he hides behind the Bible...How disgusting!!

    June 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. John


    He broke no law? We don't know yet. But if public money or resources were used to make any of his trips to Argentina, laws may well have been broken.

    June 26, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. rick

    i hope to god this good christian woman takes this sleeze bag to the cleaners in the divorce. she deservers everythign and full custody of the kids. this man is pathetic!

    June 26, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Better dead than RED

    awaitingliberalizationbyCNN: and even with all the dope we are 100 times smarter than your sorry ass! the DEMOCRATIC PARTY is populated with highly educated college graduates... the red's... not so much.

    June 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. rick

    we should remember that sanford was talking about this womans marriage with her when the sparks started to fly and he decided he should have sex with her. he said this in the press conference.

    June 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Sherry

    I believe Governor Sandford is only sorry that he was caught. I noticed in his apology, he said, I hurt HER, you all and my family. How interesting that his first concern was that he hurt his mistress, rather than his wife and children. He not only betrayed his family, but the people of South Carolina. He selfishly left his state without making sure someone was in charge. He was "suppose" to be working on fixing his marriage, however ran to his mistress in South America instead. His wife and children deserve better and the people in South Carolina deserve someone who can be trusted. He should go.

    June 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Denna

    Mark, you devil you. I feel sorry for your family because of your selfishness. I also believe that if you hadn't been such snot about taking the stimulus money to help the schools people would not be judging you so harshly. We understand that you had your political considerations, but you've now pretty much torched that with your affair. Retire sweetie and decide which woman you want. By the way, I always thought you were kind of ugly but now, hmmm, I'm takin' another look. Hahahaa

    June 26, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Kate in SW Fla

    He only "confessed and asked for forgiveness" because he was caught; just like Ensign. There is nothing courageous about it. Otherwise, they would have continued to hide it and point fingers at "lesser mortals." And that creep Coburn, knowing this stuff all the time he is out there name calling. These guys are pukes!

    June 26, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. david

    Hey Sanford! Man up, if you got any stones, and resign. Get off of everyone's radar and fly to your lover, argentina maria!

    June 26, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. carol dudgeon


    Your relationship with your wife and your family is yours to resolve. Your dereliction of officialy duty is not. Step aside with what little dignity you may have left.

    June 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Jack in Des Moines

    I don't understand why CNN posted this story. It does not have one negative thing to say about Governor Sarah Palin? I thought that was a requirement of The National Enquierer…..er…. I mean CNN

    June 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Neilz

    Where is the mistress? Nobody's been able to find the mistress. Wanna bet there is no mistress? Wanna bet there's a mister? Momma's money can keep it out of the press for only so long. The reason it hits now is because somebody's threatened to out him, like Ensign. Unlike Ensign, we haven't begun to see the full scope of this man's depravity. He's a Republican and Evangelical, for Christ's sake. It can only get worse.

    June 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. rules for women

    I have learned two things about cheating men in my life on this earth:

    1. Once a cheater, always a cheater and

    2. If he cheats with you, he will cheat on you.

    I wish women would learn that having no man is better than having a cheat. I cannot understand women who take back cheaters. My mother did it time and time again, every time I lost more respect for her.

    June 26, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Jim

    And people actually voted for this moron? Tells you alto about SC

    June 26, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Joe in CA

    If he's talking politically, hopefully this'll be his LAST day. RESIGN, MAN UP like Spitzer. Go back to your SPY in Argentina that you shared secrets with during your pillow talk. You need to be investigated further. What's the matter, are US prostitutes too expensive for you? Our scandalous, hypocrite politicians are now even outsourcing our counties OLDEST PROFESSION. Nice work GOP, there goes more of our jobs.

    June 26, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. steven harnack

    while i was doing my christian thing in this christian state i made a christian mistake when i got on this christian airplane and went to christian argentina, etc...

    June 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. gary in OK

    All elected officials are the same. Go on TV and cry when they get caught and say they are sorry. The only thing they are sorry about is being caught. Just like the tax cheating congressmen who make a big show about paying their back taxes. No affairs would be made public and no taxes paid if they had not been caught. The majority of all elected officials are lying crooks and will continue to be so, unless the public limits their terms in office. But this will never happen because the will of the people is limited to the will of the crooks in washington.

    June 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Proud Dem

    Far be it from me to defend any Republican, but I gotta say that I really feel for Sanford — unlike most other politicians in sex scandals, Sanford seemed sincere in his press conference and genuinely in pain. You could see on his face that, right or wrong, he really loves this woman in Argentina and he knows that there is no happy ending here, that everybody involved loses. I'm not saying what he did was right, but geez, give the guy a break – we're all only human…

    June 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Ancient Texan

    The mistake is something he will have to live with and work out with his family. In other words, it's a family matter and the public should butt out. Bill Clinton didn't resign over a similar situation, that even involved perjury, so why should Gov. Sanford?

    June 26, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Simpleton Sanford

    Yeah, too bad Jenny didn't have a "magnanimous and gracious Christian man" by her side. She married a loser, but she is much better off, now. Too bad the boys are stuck with a wimpy dad who doesn't take his vows seriously.

    I hope the Lord has mercy on Sanford's soul, because I can't stomach him.

    June 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Moonbeam

    Jenny Sanford is ten times smarter, much better politician and was very successful when she worked on Wall Street, not to mention independently wealthy. Sanford was a bit player when she met him, he also would not survive politically without her.
    Jenny married him for his looks only! Whatever Cristian sauce they are trying to put on it , it is that simple.
    Really important part in this sordid mess is that Gov. Sanford appears not to understand responsibilities of his office!

    June 26, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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