October 22nd, 2009
04:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Sanford: National political efforts had become distraction

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/08/11/south.carolina.mark.sanford/art.mark.sanford.gi.jpg caption="Mark Sanford had been considering a White House bid before his affair was revealed."](CNN) - Before an extramarital affair came to light in June that effectively ended his future political ambitions, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said repeatedly that he was not thinking about running for president in 2012, despite clear indications that he was working to build a national profile among conservatives.

But he admitted Thursday that his once busy itinerary was distracting him from his official duties as governor.

"My life before had become stupidly busy with all of my responsibilities - fundraising, speaking engagements across the country, a book deal," Sanford said in an interview with the Florence Morning News editorial board. "I haven't been this focused on my job in a long time because I don't have all those responsibilities anymore."

"I have my family and whatever's going to happen there," he continued. "And I have my job and whatever's going to happen there. You can drive yourself crazy sitting around thinking about 'the might have beens' of life. I'm here, because I think I can still make a difference."

Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Stacie

    He can focus on his job now because he doesn't have to devote all that time and energy to keeping the little mistress happy while lying to his wife! Cheating is very time consuming, isn't it Mr. Sanford?

    October 22, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. kman821

    A book deal? Yeah, that ought to sell a lot of copies ... what an absolutely deluded egotist he must be for him to think of himself as someone the least bit interesting to people who can read!

    October 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Active Duty Marine

    Ahhh......lookie there, it's the GOP's poster child for family values.

    Don't fool yourselves, every republican is as corrupt and immoral as Sanford. The only difference, they haven't all been caught yet. It's part of the fabric that makes up the DNA of a republican: Immoral, Unaptriotic (like dodging the draft), and incompetent. History has proven these facts beyond a shadow of a doubt!

    October 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. S Callahan

    Despite all the naysayers, Gov. Sandord, I too think you can make a difference. Still praying for you. Don't waver!

    October 22, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Lisa in Shelton

    how do speaking engagements and writing a book help the people of his state or mean he is giving his full attention to the work of being GOVERNOR? Jeez – let alone the familial rifts he needs time for and his long-distance soulmate too.

    October 22, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This guy needs to get lost and I mean real fast. He's cooked, done and over with and the only thing left is either reconcile with his family if he can or go back to his mistress, which I don't believe he plans on quitting.

    October 22, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. JonDie

    What part of "resign" doesn't this dimwit understand?

    October 22, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Larry

    He forgot to mention that he has freed up a lot of time as he doesn't get to boink his mistress or his wife anymore.

    October 22, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Luke Brown

    OMG what is with the guy?

    Let's see he wasn't running for national office, and that was keeping him from his duties as governor... However, he was having an affair in Argentina, and that wasn't keeping him from his duties as Governor.

    October 22, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Bob, S.C.

    Get rid of this jerk! Hope they finaaly imeach him. He is one of the reasons that South Carolina lags the rest of the nation in education and is one of the leaders in unemployment, highway deaths and health problems like COPD, diabetes and obesity. Dump Sanford. Send him to Argentina!

    October 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Florida Resident

    Sanford said his life had become stupidly busy with " responsibilities – fundraising, speaking engagements across the country, a book deal".

    Hey add the travelling and energy required to maintain his Argentinean mistress, charging the SC taxpayers for his travel, finagling his travel plans to make as many as possible allow for meeting up with his mistress and in general being as hypocritical as possible. Hey Mark – you are a liar, you lied to your wife, your kids, the citizens of your state, and are a true member of the GOP!

    October 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Typical christian family values -- GOP liar and cheat

    October 22, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. AJ

    No, his life before had become stupidly busy chasing tail and figuring out how to hide it. ANYONE who cheats on their spouse (and admit it, most of us think about it at one time or another) is basically dishonest. Kick him out, don't kick him out, I don't care but let's at least be honest about what he is.

    October 22, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Nate, Oly WA

    I hate to say that I was born in South Carolina. Sanford, Wilson, Graham et Al......uugh

    October 22, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Garland

    He's about as clueless as Cheney! They both need to do the party a favor and go to Chilie and STAY! T

    October 22, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Bill

    South Carolina GOPers are Nuts and Idiots.

    October 22, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. David Doney

    He should make a difference by resigning and showing that leaders must have impeccable integrity and be a beacon to the rest of us. He has failed miserably and should resign ASAP. Amazing the hubris that keeps these guys in office!

    October 22, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. Tim from Tampa

    The battle cry of the Republicans... It's not MY fault!

    October 22, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Randy

    North Carolina Republican are Jokesters and Laughable Stock.

    October 22, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Bluskys

    Here is another from the party of NO fighting for his spot as poster boy .
    Busy isn't the word he had to make up so many lies to wife he couldn't remember what he told wife in the kitchen when in the bedroom then keeping track of his broken zipper outings to S.America, secret calls ,e-mails for S.America it blew his mind and a few other things so badly he thought he was hiking on the Appalachion Trail.
    There are so many in GOP can't decide take em all or pick just one for the top spot of poster boy .

    October 22, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Ellie

    ENOUGH with this ignorant clown. WE DON'T CARE!!!

    October 22, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    wow at one time I wanted to visit Soth Carolina just to see how it was, but seeing the right wingnuts coming out of there I'm beginning to wonder if there is something in the drinking water. From Sanford to Wilson to the ones who just this week insulted Jewish people looks to me like they have some real issues in that state.

    October 22, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Your life has become "stupidly busy" due to all the stupid decisions you've made, gov'nor.

    October 22, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. diridi

    you get impeached idiot....

    October 22, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You don't know what's going to happen with your family, you don't know what's going to happen with your job, you don't know what's going to happen with your girlfriend..... you don't know jack squat . Someone with as little knowledge as you should NOT be in public office. Resign. At least that way YOU WILL KNOW that you won't have to show up to "work".

    October 22, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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