July 2nd, 2009
02:56 PM ET
14 years ago

Bennett: Sanford needs to stop 'embarrassing himself'

(CNN) - Mark Sanford is "embarrassing himself" and needs to resign as governor of South Carolina, conservative talk radio host and CNN contributor Bill Bennett said Thursday on CNN's American Morning.

Bennett, the latest high profile conservative to call for Sanford's ouster, said it's time for the onetime Republican rising star to ditch politics and focus solely on getting his life back in order.

"I know Mark Sanford. I know him quite well," Bennett said. "He needs to get his life back in order, his marriage back in order. He is embarrassing himself."

"There is the old notion of indecent exposure, usually that refers to somebody showing some skin, and there's another form of indecent exposure. He is telling us way too much," Bennett continued. "We're not interested. He needs to stop and take care of his life."

Bennett also suggested the GOP can easily fill the gap Sanford would leave.

"We have other people," he said. "We have other people who are not only fiscally interesting and sound but also can keep their lives together. "

Bennett's comments come as more than half of the Republicans in the state senate have now called for Sanford to step down, as well as a host of other GOP leaders in the state. Sanford has indicated he does not intend to resign.

"The whole thing is pretty ugly. It needs to stop," Bennett also said.

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soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. Randolph Carter

    Seriously, dude. Too much information. Have a nice day!

    July 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. WhoCares?

    Sanford's " My mistress is my soulmate but I will try to fall back in love with my wife" comment was almost beyond belief in its cruelty.

    To say that IN PUBLIC about a person that YOU have cheated on multiple times shows just what type of person Sanford is.

    And then to even bring God into it...what a mean and evil human.

    July 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Aspen Professor

    "Mark Sanford is "embarrassing himself" and needs to resign as governor of South Carolina, conservative talk radio host and CNN contributor Bill Bennett said Thursday on CNN's American Morning."

    Run Sanford run! You are embarassing the Repubs and they see the GOp being flushed down the toilet of history despite all their efforts with negative ads and comments on the Fox Channel.

    After all, the Repubs are the ones with VALUES. They do not commit adultery, lie continuously, arrogantly try to force our democracy down the throats of others around the world and invade their country for no good reason, and never make hypocritical comments. NAH!!!!! They don't do dem tings. At least not on Thursday.

    July 2, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. zoe

    Mr. Bennett needs to SHUT UP and focus on his eating behavior and preaching HATE every morning !
    Where were you when NEVADA SENATOR did the same thing ??? you are NO BETTER just another HYPOCRITE

    July 2, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. jeff ellis

    I would not keep an employee with judgement like this guy has displayed running a hot dog stand. Of course he must go.

    July 2, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Dominic P. Lucarelli

    My, what a lovely bunch of conservatives we have in this country! A degenerate gambler criticizing a horny governor. Oh, and by the way, where are all of these self-important moralizers like Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer and Rick Warren and Sarah Palin, and why aren't they chiming in on this fable of Republican moral terpitude, or do they only stamp their feet and cry their phony, salted tears and display their faux indignation only when a sexual scandal involves a Democrat? Funny how it works that way, isn't it? But excuse me for now; I have to roll on the floor and laugh my ass off for a while longer.

    July 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. John D. Rozeen

    How does this man have the GALL to comment on, much less advise, Gov. Sanford after he himself made a fortune on moralizing and then got caught with his hand in the slot machine? This particular elephant (in more than one sense) is evidently very forgetful.

    July 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. mypitts2

    Sanford's not going anywhere voluntarily. Even before this, he didn't get along with his colleagues in S.C. and the situation came to a boil during the stimulus scrap. He is certainly not going to listen to them on this. Either he gets impeached and removed, or he stays.

    We'll get plenty of interesting and zany stories in the mean time.

    July 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Eleanor

    Following the Repugnant's normal line of reasoning, he should be impeached. He simply abandonned his office for four or five days to go off and play with his little Argentine tart, without even turning over the government to his Vice Governor. All of the moral questions aside, isn't that flat out malfaisance in an elected official at his level?? Seriously. Dude...QUIT!

    July 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Jeff

    Oh, yeah – it's always good to hear from that bastion of moral rectitude, "High Stakes" Bil Bennett.

    What a load.

    Who really listens to these gasbags, anyway?

    July 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Kate

    I can't think of anything else that I agree with Bill Bennett on, but I couldn't agree more... I almost feel assaulted by all this personal information he's throwing about, so I can't imagine how his family must feel. So sad... 🙁

    July 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Jane in WI

    But I thought republicans are the only party with "family values"?
    God forbid faithful gay couples getting married!

    July 2, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. escapee from Gaffney, SC

    There's one reason most sane South Carolinians DON'T want Sanford to step down: Andre Bauer.

    July 2, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. jeff jackson

    I,m a Republican. But I'm an American first.
    This guy went AWOL as a governor of a state.
    Had he gone AWOL as an enlisted soldier or
    E N O U G H of this silly crap. He shouldn't have
    the choice to resign. The people of his state
    should fire him !!!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Mike Grello

    Isn't this the guy who wrote a book on "upright living" and was then found to have an addiction to gambling. God deliver us from Republican hypocrites. You would think that after you have publicly fallen, you would be more forgiving of others. And since when are talking heads and radio personalities "republican leaders". I am neither a republican nor a fan of Mr. Sanford, but as a Progressive Christian believe in grace.

    July 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. John Black Hills/SD

    Sanford isn't going anywhere, the proof is left at the door of Idaho Senator (R) Larry Craig's office. Remember he was selling blow jobs in airport "men's" rooms. He said he would resign his senate seat...but he didn't. Maybe he's giving other senators a little cheek and gum while they're away from their homes, and the votes go on. I have no major problem with these guys preference, but they lied, and then lied some more.

    July 2, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Tom

    Well what do you know? Bill Bennett is actually right about something. Will wonders never cease!

    July 2, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Melissa

    Wow, I agree with a Republican, I'm shocked. Sanford needs to go. He also needs to be impeached.

    July 2, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Antonio

    Mr; Sanfor is shameless he should it have resign long time ago, he is truly embarrassing not just himself but he is embarrassing the all Republican Party, I think that it's time for him to go.

    July 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Dave

    No Bill. Remember? The GOP apologizes. The DNC actually takes responsibility and resigns. DId you forget to check with Fox for your talking points?

    July 2, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. jerry rubin

    He should not quit. I am interested in all the juicy desciptions. It helps spike my marriage!

    July 2, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. chase

    Well, who'd a thunk it. Someone on TV saying someone is telling us too much about their personal life. Everyday in the "news" we get an up-close-and-personal view of people's personal lives and opinions. Americans know no shame (thank you Oprah) in hurling their stuff on us. Could it be we will ultimately own Sanford a debt of gratitude for finally being the straw that breaks the American camel's gossip back?

    July 2, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Doug, New Jersey

    He has only two options, either he needs to quit or he needs to follow in Arlen Specter's foot steps.

    As a Democrat his adultry won't even be on the radar, you got libs selling senate seats, libs caught with hundreds of thousands of dollars in their freezer, Demos who always D.W.L like Ted Kennedy, and well, I can't even post the rest, CNN sees it as so vile that it needs to be censored but Democrats actually celebrated it (Gerry Studds).

    July 2, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. jt

    RESIGN Sanford!

    July 2, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. bobj998

    If Bennet is a "top Republican" the r's are in a real jam.

    July 2, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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