July 2nd, 2009
01:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Sanford resists calls for resignation

(CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford's office responded Thursday to a chorus of calls for his resignation from fellow Republicans, and rumors that he was weighing the idea. Full statement:

The governor has no plans to step aside, temporarily or otherwise. He remains committed and determined to repair the damage he has done in his marriage and to building back the trust of the people of South Carolina.

He will be spending the long Fourth of July holiday weekend with his family, leaving for Florida tomorrow morning. The Sanford family asks members of the media to respect their privacy while they are together this weekend. The Sanfords also hope to take a longer family vacation toward the end of July.

He's spending most of the today at the Mansion, continuing to touch base with state officials, family, friends and supporters.

Sanford's statement comes as the South Carolina attorney general made a public call for the full release of the governor's travel records:

Statement by Attorney General Henry McMaster

"Maintaining public trust, complete transparency and full public disclosure is vitally important. I have called on Governor Sanford to publically release all travel records to the media and public as promised."

The Sanford team's response: "We will release the records after SLED announces its findings," they told CNN.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Cheri, Columbia, SC

    That's fine that he remains committed to repair the damage to his marriage...but NOT at the expense of the people of South Carolina! It's going to take a lot to repair the mess he made of his personal life, so needs to do the right thing and step aside we can have someone who will have their full concentration on running our state.

    July 2, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Husker

    Bill Clinton didn't resign...why should Sanford have to resign.

    July 2, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Sonny Rice

    You'll are trying to get Mark Sanford out of office because on a mistake. Where were all of you people when Bill Clinton did the same thing in the White House? Do we have a double standard? It seems that way to me.

    July 2, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. jm for sc

    I wish Sandford well as far as his family is concerned, but he should have considered his own desires while he was talking about others in similar positions.

    He should step down as Governor of SC, not only for his recent exposure, but because he is the worst governor in the entire USA.

    July 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Independent_me

    All I can say is: had this been a Democrat, the Republicans would have already pressured him to resign. They would have been like rabid dogs all over him... Look at what they did to Clinton.

    This is God's wrath on the Republican Party. They used His Name in vain.

    Hold on to your seats, America – I believe that there is more to come!!!

    July 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Fred the Moderate

    Resist Sanford, resist. We need you for the 2010 elections!! You are the poster child for GOP hypocracy and that is the gift that just keeps on giving!

    July 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. phyllicia

    Leave the man alone. He's just got personal issues and he was highly regarded for his JOB as Gov. before his poor personal character was revealed. He should be fired from his marriage if anything but let him complete the remaining time of his term

    July 2, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. therealmarie

    Let the Luv Guv stay he provides comic relief.

    July 2, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. DawnL,CA

    Sanford is the biggest narcissist I have ever seen! Why won't he just give it up & go live in Argentina-for good. Mrs. Sanford needs to get her head on straight & tell this guy the marriage is over. His quote"I'm trying to fall in love with my wife" should have enlightened her.

    July 2, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Dave Leckivitz

    Headed to Florida for the weekend? I hope his family keeps a close eye on him. Florida to Argentina is a pretty short flight.

    July 2, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Frances

    There is no marriage to save here. He should resign, and let his wife and children get on with their lives. Argentina might be a good solution for him. Don't cry for him Argentina!

    July 2, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. lynn in NM

    He hasn't done anything wrong. Why should he resign? After all, he is a politician. They don't have to have morals or follow laws.

    July 2, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. chorus of calls for Sanford's resignation

    wow, the GOP even wants him to resign

    Sanford you are looking more like Blago every minute (but Blago should be in jail, you should just resign)

    July 2, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. KJL

    The state needs to put on one of those electronic monitoring ankle bracelets in case they need to find him. His wife and children might find it handy, too.

    July 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Nick San Diego


    July 2, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Moderate Democrat

    Fair is Fair July 2nd, 2009 1:48 pm ET

    What a sad state journalism is in when it attempts to hide the important news of the world with tabloid items.

    CNN… you already have Jeannie Moos doing the lighter side of the news. This endless Sanford drama does not belong here.
    Yea, because the "Political Ticker' should never include stories about the hypocracy of a "POLITICIAN". We should have people that AREN'T politicians in the political ticker.

    Fair is delusional and biased.

    July 2, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Phil

    Sanford has turned into a bubbling idiot. Professing his love for his "soul mate". I thought his wife was his soul mate? Hope he hasn't been taking sexual enhancement drugs. If he was has... he has been thinking with the wrong head. It is called euphoria! He is making Bill Clinton (who was the target of moral decency by Mark Sanford...front of the line) look like a saint.

    July 2, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Rennee Stevens

    He must go!!!!

    July 2, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. drman

    How can you SC people justify this yoyo being either on vacation or in front of a camera all the time? When was the last time he did any work for your state? Is this a new reality show?? SC is the laughing stock of the country.

    July 2, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. nancy

    I'm from Simpsonville South Carolina. Mark Sanford Is a huge embarsssment to his people here. He admiited to the affair and it is good to admit and not lie. But when he said he found his soul mate in his mistress, that Was disgusting! I can't believe his in laws will allow him to visit. I think it's a shame that his sons and wife have to face this. I hope the Florida natives kicks him out of their state. Then again they can keep him,because we don't want him in S.C. anymore!

    July 2, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. RUFF!!!

    He will be spending the long Fourth of July holiday weekend with his family, leaving for Florida tomorrow morning. The Sanford family asks members of the media to respect their privacy while they are together this weekend.************************************************************
    Oh My !!!.This guy is willing to spend the 4th of July with his Family .......but he was with his Soul Mate On Father's Day Week End You can't spin this one MARK ..You are in The Dog House !!!!

    July 2, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Big Al C.

    The republicans are doing a great job keep the ball rolling. What a party full of real winners Cheney, Bush, Palin, Rush, Craig, Rove, Corker, Cornyn, Ensign, Vitter, Boehner, and Michele Bachmann just to name a few this country is really proud of. Some of them would be better off as sanitation engineers. Although there are a few of them who can determine exactly what crap is.

    July 2, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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