[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/20/art.sanford.cpac.jpg
caption="Sanford was spotted at CPAC Saturday afternoon."]Washington (CNN) – An unexpected visitor showed up at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.
Sanford, one year removed from being listed as a likely 2012 presidential candidate on the CPAC straw poll ballot, made a quiet entrance into the Marriott hotel where the yearly gathering of conservative activists takes place. He was in Washington attending meetings with the National Governors Association and Republican Governors Association.
The governor spent about half an hour in a VIP room chatting with a friend from graduate school, he told reporters as he walked out of the hotel.
He said he was simply making a social visit, with no political overtones.
Sanford said he wants to remain in South Carolina after his term expires next year but has no plans after that. "I'll figure it out when I get there," he said.