September 18th, 2009
08:34 AM ET
14 years ago

Sanford on Wilson: 'It's time to move on'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he can feel Joe Wilson's pain."](CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he can feel Joe Wilson's pain.

Sanford on Thursday compared the scrutiny of Wilson - the Republican congressman who was formally reprimanded by the House of Representatives for shouting at President Obama - to the ongoing political war he has faced since revealing an extramarital affair in June. Sanford called it "the same dynamic."

"The guy apologized, and then you can have a bunch of other people come back and say, 'We want you to apologize again and again and again,'" Sanford told CN2 News in Rock Hill, South Carolina. "But what do people want out of federal representation? They want somebody representing them up in Congress."

"At some point in all of life, the question is not, 'When is someone going to make a mistake?', but 'When do the rest of us move on?,'" he said. "He apologized to the president. Does he have to issue 25 more apologies before folks will leave him alone?"

"Having seen some of this process a little up close and personal, my thought is it's time to move on," he concluded.

Filed under: Joe Wilson • Mark Sanford
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. pa independent and fiscally responsible

    does this make him another Obama puppet?

    September 18, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. Sue Sisk

    You sound like one skunk talking about another skunk!

    September 18, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. jeff @ MA

    one idiot defending another idiot, sounds like the GOP's got a new slogan.

    September 18, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. minnie

    Why aren't they going after Charlie Rangel??? He is the worst of the worst. No income tax paid. Whatever is going on in Congress???
    Nancy Pelosi all you can do is kiss ole Charlie and he is a crook.

    September 18, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. IndyVoter

    Wow! And we should take advice on proper behavior from Mr. Sanford? I think NOT! Mr. Sandford, what you fail to realize is that when you commit a transgression, YOU DO NOT dictate WHEN someone is supposed to 'get over it'. This is sooooo typical of cheating spouses and rotten school children who say, "Well, I apologized, so why haven't you gotten over it already?" YOU DO NOT DETERMINE what the consequences of your actions will be or when others should just 'get over it'. Your responsibility is to THINK about the consequences BEFORE you commit the act and DON'T DO IT!

    September 18, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. Jessie

    It's actually time for Sanford and Wilson to move on. Is South Carolina the most ignorant country in America? What's in their water?

    September 18, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. Mike

    Joe Wilson has apologized to the President and he has accepted it. If that is not good enough for some, then who cares.

    September 18, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  8. Sam Sixpack

    Our glorious leader offers us a guilt-free excuse to steal the money promised for our grandmothers' health care. Grandma is old, wrinkly and smells funny. Obamacare: pulling the plug – one grandmother at a time.

    Those pesky Republicans are ruining everything.

    September 18, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. EC

    This is truly UNBELIEVABLE coming from a dirt-bag like Governor Mark Sanford. This guys is going down like Rod Blagojevich and here he is talking about "moving on".

    You truly have to wonder if Republicans even smell the stench coming from their own behinds anymore. Talk about priceless, these dick-heads are so full of their own manure they can't see or hear anything else but their sinful and racists selves.

    Mark Sanford of ALL people should have been IMPEACHED months ago. I guess the Republican Leadership in South Carolina LOVE to be the joke of the town, the disgraceful party who NEVER practices what they preach from their own Christian Conservative-waving bibles. LOL.

    September 18, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. g

    republicans always want to move on unless its a democrate that stepped in the mud

    September 18, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  11. Sam Sixpack

    What do Obama's BFF buddies at ACORN say?

    September 18, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  12. JB

    It actually is time to move on. This guy has proven that he's not remorseful, as he's admitted the half-hearted apology he made was done under order. This guy is a defiant jerk and the Dems would be better served taking the high road and letting Wilson show himself for the moron he is rather than demanding apologies from him and making him a hero to the lunatic fringe. By the way, Wilson demanded such an apology on the floor from John Kerry a few years back. Typical hypocrite.

    September 18, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  13. Sentinel

    Sanford's thinking applies only when the target is a Republican. If it were a Democrat – hell! Let it fly! The Republicans are hypocrites beyond comparison!

    September 18, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. Joyce in South Carolina

    Yes, he apologized to President Obama, but then he went on to say he was right. What kind of an apology is that???????

    He owes Congress and the people of South Carolina an apology for his rude behavior!!!!!!

    Southerners used to be famous for their good manners.

    Besides, Governor Sanford, you made more than a have made a lot of them. You just want us to forget and some of us will not. If you were truly sorry, you would resign!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  15. Roy Arellano (San Antonio)

    No Sir; and here we see the very arrogance and ignorance which is degrading who we are as a nation. Sir, his apology was empty and not direct about that fact that he's lied about being an "immigration lawyer" and the fact that his point of view was incorrect. He disrespected of the office of the Presidency; the House of Representatives; and our nation on the world stage. Two sorry hypocrites trying to tell the People of this nation how to receive what we see. You must thing us to be that stupid.

    September 18, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. Justin McEdward

    Hey Sanford you move on........Get out of politics and the public spotlight. If Joe Wilson doesn't want all this attention and criticism he should have kept his mouth shut on the senate floor.

    September 18, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  17. John

    What a travesty that 1.8 million dollars has been sent to this shameful man who denigrated the President of the United States. I have lost all faith in the Idiot Right and their abominations.
    They may pray to God but I wonder if God is listening to these rancorous, nasty people. Hippocrates!

    September 18, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  18. Sam Sixpack

    Neither of these guys ever tried to take $500 billion away from little old ladies' health care. Perhaps that's why some people don't like them.

    September 18, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. George Washington

    Apparently Mark Sanford is insane. We don't want a moron in office anymore or any longer.

    September 18, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. Chris in SC

    Actually, If you would pay attention to the facts Gov. Sanford, it was requested that he also apologize to the House of Representitives. How, exactly, do you arrive at an additional 25 apologies?

    Mark, your just another Republican crying victim. Quit acting like such a punk!

    September 18, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    The libs are using the 40 year old democratic playbook of diverting attention by crying race, rather than recognizing that their ascendancy was a result of them using the same tactics and strategies that are now being used against them along with an unpopular war and president (both made unpopular by their willing compatriots in the mainstream media). The also made the mistake of assuming that the president won the presidency due to his programs, rather than his personality and his fake to the center during the general election, to push their socialist agenda. Obama is still very popular personally, it is the programs that he and the congress are trying to foist on us, not race that has everyone against them. But libs always demonize and demean those that disagree, I am 62 now and they always have.

    September 18, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. Tim G

    They only wanted one more appoligy and that was to the members of Congress that he imbarised with his out burst. It was totally uncacallex FOR. cAN YOU SEE WHAT WOULD HAVE HEPPENED IF SOME dEMOCRAT DID THAT THE kING gw bUSH my gOD THEY WOULD WAIST $40MILLION MORE ON AND INFESTIGATION.

    September 18, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. Motive

    Mr. Sanford do you feel the pain of the SC residence every time your still in office.

    take a hint. and pull a Palin

    September 18, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Macushla

    Wilson didn't make a mistake - I really believe it was a deliberate move on his part. If you regret something, you don't go around autographing pictures of you doing it. And, of course, Sanford wants to move on. Nobody accepts personal responsibility anymore - it's out of fashion. I don't envy the people of S.C. having these two "sterling charactors" representing them.

    September 18, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  25. Doraine Gordon

    How right you are, Sanford! It is definitely time to move on, right on to the voting booth where we can vote Wilson's disgusting self out of office. You aren't running again or the same thing would happen to you. The fact that the two of you despicable people were elected doesn't speak well for the state of South Carolina. I will be happy to see both of you go.

    September 18, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
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