August 25th, 2012
08:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Exclusive CNN Photos: Sanford engaged to Argentinean girlfriend

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is engaged to his longtime Argentinean girlfriend, Maria Belen Chapur.

A source close to Sanford provided pictures of the couple, along with a statement from the former governor, to CNN exclusively.

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"Yes, we are engaged, and I’m both happy and excited for what that means,” Sanford said in the statement. “I have long expressed my feelings for her, she’s a wonderful person. My closest friends have met and love her, and I look forward to introducing her to still many more that have yet to do so."

News of Sanford's proposal was first reported by Clarin, a newspaper in Argentina.

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Filed under: Gov. Mark Sanford • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Turban

    No accounting for taste.

    August 26, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republican family values has always been a big deal in South Carolina. Congratulations to the happy couple, and I hope they enjoy hiking the Appalachian Trail.

    August 26, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. M

    The party of values?

    August 26, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. theoldfool1950

    Ah, the party of family values. I say dont listen to what they say, watch what they do. It's really the party of "it's all about me."

    August 26, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. Highly Motivated

    Never heard of him.

    August 26, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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