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. Cynthia in MI

    No, just one more apology on the floor of the House should do it.

    September 18, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. lk

    wilson not only offended the president, he offended the house. just because he apologized to the president doesn't give him a clean slate. he must apologize to his colleagues and accept whatever appropriate punishment is doled out. otherwise, we can all act like jerks and then simply apologize and tell everyone to move on. thus, making apologies nothing more than weak, disingenuous escape routes at best. it's like the 6 year old who hits his 4 year old brother and walks straight to "time-out" on his own. the punishment is weaker than the crime. and the apology is forced and doesn't come from the heart. joe wilson was told, like an adolescent, to apologize by his party's leadership. that right there is enough of a transgression to keep this sore open.

    September 18, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. John in AZ

    Wow. What a way to obfuscate things. No one demanded "25 apologies" from Wilson, in fact no one demanded he apologize to President Obama, this is just what he did because he rightly perceived that it was the appropriate thing to do. What WAS demanded of him was an apology to his colleagues in the House, which he refused to issue.

    Equally, no one demanded an apology from Sanford, this is just what he gave as a PR move. In the end, his transgression is between Gov. Sanford and his wife, and between Gov. Sanford and the voters of South Carolina.

    September 18, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Ron

    You should have a haedline article here about how Wilson has raised nearly $2 million since this incident. An article similar to the one you ran a number of days ago about Mr. Miller gaining a bump in donations after the outburst. Balanced reporting from you would be refreshing.

    September 18, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Kris

    From one creep about another

    September 18, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Mike P

    I disagree Mr. Boney-Maloney lol.

    Wilson should have to apologize twice. He already apologized to the president, that was good (and only for his own career, I kNOW it wasn't sincere) and secondly to the congress who he disrepected as well.

    2 times, then we can move on.

    September 18, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Cosmo

    Joe "I'm So Full Of Truth That I Have to Testify" Wilson must be thrilled that Mark "I Can't Keep My Pants Zipped" Sanford has come to his aid. I guess they have some other type of code of conduct for public officials in the great state of South Carolina. You both should move on, out of public life.

    September 18, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Fed UP

    You're absolutely right. I remember President Bush being treated alot worse than this. Did the Republicans wine as much as the Democrats are if at all?

    September 18, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Bonnie

    Is this the kind of person people want in congress representing them? i would be so embaressed (sp?) to have him represent me. If I had voted for him I would not be next time

    September 18, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. a jain

    Why is a person that no one respect talking.

    September 18, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. j

    Don`t he wish !!! He should have thought it thru with his head first.

    September 18, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. VernisRobertson

    First of all Mark you are not the President your a sleeze ball . Why should anyone listen to you .

    September 18, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. linda

    The man not only insulted the President, he embarrassed the congress and brought shame on the house.

    September 18, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. diridi

    both are the biggest "IDIOTS". They talk no sense...but racism in 21st century....Fix Health care with public option...Wyomy senator says our health care is good...he got to be an idiot..not to know the facts...fix health care with public option...first and talk...

    September 18, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Mark Nelson

    I heard on CNN that Wilson did NOT apologize to the president but rather to one of his staff members. Not only was his behavior immature and primitive but he did not have the guts to look the President in the eye and show humility for his lack of professionalism.

    September 18, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Henry

    Oh, Mark. Gosh, it's nice to get to comment on the national scene again, isn't it? But you create this straw man that no one is debating.

    NO ONE asked him to apologize 25 times. The House leadership asked him to apologize on the floor, to the colleagues he disrespected when breaking the rules. It's that simple. You break rules, you suffer consequences.

    The next time you want to be relevant, get your facts straight and stop the hyperbole. Or just go hike the Appalachian Trail.

    September 18, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. VGal

    I thought everyone had moved on at this point. Why are the republicans bringing it back up if they want it to be left alone?

    September 18, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Post always rejected by CNN

    Guess he wishes the would "move on" about him also.

    September 18, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Pepou

    Sanford and Wilson, two pathetic creeps representative of the GOP.

    September 18, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Loonie RIGHT

    Good ol birds of a white feather they are

    September 18, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. Brian

    Freedom of speech doesn't apply to our government body? I am glad to hear someone in the govt cares enough to voice their own opinion not just what the "party dictates". We are in real trouble when the opinion of others is surpressed.

    September 18, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Lisa P

    Oh, well, if Mark Sanford is standing up for him I guess Joe Wilson is o.k. then. Not hardly.

    Just speaking for myself, I expect my representatives to Congress to obey the rules of conduct set up by Congress. If any of them don't I expect them to apologize to whichever house of Congress for their breach of good manners and protocol. If for some reason they can't manage that I expect them to accept any punishment Congress or the public choose to mete out, including official censure and continuing ridicule.

    Sanford should know by now about the continuing ridicule part; unfortunately he seems to have never understood the part about there being rules of conduct, protocol and good manners. Both he and Wilson deserve whatever they sanctions they receive, and probably more besides. They are both idiots with no business representing anyone in any responsible public capacity.

    September 18, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    You're kidding, right? We're supposed to just ignore this stuff? It's ok to heckle the President in a speech to Congress? Just like it's ok to bring a semi-automatic assault rifle to a Presidential rally? Come on, folks, how is this ok? When did this become ok? This is a member of the House of Representatives of the USofA calling the President a liar. It's not ok! Ok? And Sanford needs to resign. He went AWOL on the people of SC. What he says doesn't count anymore, which means he'll probably get a job on that F-word station once he's impeached.

    September 18, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Crystal Oates

    A comment coming from Sanford is a joke!

    September 18, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. bernice

    I'm white & live in S.C.... Sanford & Wilson disgust me...They have destroyed everything South Carolinians ever stood for..They both should lose their jobs & health care..Beg for food stamps..I think someone should slap Wilson's teeth down his throat....What a low life. For the rednecks in S.C. that think what he did was cute, aren't very intelligent to begin with & shouldn't be allowed to vote...Test their intelligence first....As for Sanford..He smeared his sick love story in our faces & has made a mockery of the christian beliefs in S.C....He should be forced to resign immediately...

    September 18, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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