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SC-1: Mark Sanford Is On TV

Wearing what looks like the same light blue shirt from his first gubernatorial campaign over a decade ago, former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is appearing in television advertisements across the South Carolina first congressional district this week as his 2013 comeback bid ramps up. Sanford joins Teddy Turner (son of media mogul…

Wearing what looks like the same light blue shirt from his first gubernatorial campaign over a decade ago, former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is appearing in television advertisements across the South Carolina first congressional district this week as his 2013 comeback bid ramps up.

Sanford joins Teddy Turner (son of media mogul Ted Turner), former S.C. Sen. John Kuhn and S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse as first district candidates currently airing television ads. S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms is expected to launch his debut ad soon, we’re told.

“Washington’s math doesn’t add up,” Sanford says in his thirty-second spot, “and so for years while many have talked, I’ve fought to do something about it.”

A surprisingly large percentage of Sanford’s spot (entitled “Change Washington”) is devoted to addressing his 2009 sex scandal – which leads us to believe the governor’s trust problem is something which has shown up in polling.

“More recently I’ve experienced how none of us go through life without mistakes,” Sanford says in the ad. “But in their wake we can learn a lot about grace, a God of second chances and be the better for it. In that light I humbly step forward and ask for your help in changing Washington.”

Here’s the spot …

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As expected, Sanford is a pro on camera … but are first district voters buying what he’s selling?

As we’ve noted on numerous previous occasions, Sanford has a lot of work to do when it comes to convincing voters he can be trusted in the wake of his extramarital affair with then-lover (now-fiancee) Maria Belen Chapur. Sanford also has to answer for a taxpayer-funded “economic development” trip to South America which doubled as a romantic rendezvous with Chapur.

Sanford served three terms as the first district’s representative in Congress (1995-2001) followed by two terms as governor of South Carolina (2003-2011).

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78 comments

Smirks February 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

Christianity sure is useful for politicians. Religion has nothing to do with how to live your life, it’s just a way of tricking a bunch of idiots that you can be “one of them” before, during, and after breaking whatever tenet in the “good book” you care to.

I wonder, does the “Jeebus forgave me” defense work for the other nine commandments? “Your honor, yes, I killed him in cold blood, but God gives second chances!” Case dismissed!

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south mauldin February 18, 2013 at 11:52 am

My question is, how many of the Republican candidates said that God told them to run? My savior is nonpartisan.

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Tom February 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm

God is a Republican, just ask BigT.

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Kuyperdog February 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Mark Sanford’s “Christianity” has about as much content as Maria Chapur’s THONG!!!

He wants to play the First District for fools touting “none of us go through life without mistakes…”. Wow, he narcissistically thinks we’re just as bad as him!!!

If he believeshe can sell that line, then I have a bridge in Argentina I’d like to sell him.

Ok, you First District voters, the guy has: 37 State Ethics violations and $74, 000 paid in fines!!! http://www.thestate.com/2009/11/23/1041023/sanford-vacation-hunting-trip.html
“Take a Hike” Mark, you will not be missed!

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The Granite Halls February 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Yep, Isn’t Ted Vick a preacher and Roland Smith, Chairman of the House Ethic panel, who exonerated Nikki Haley.
Richard Eckstrom loves to tout his “born again Christianity”.
Bob Peeler campaigned on “Faith Family and Friends”, while haaving an affair with next door neighbor and campaign worker.
Jake Knotts was taking the” Devil’s money, to do God’s work”
All of these hypocrits mocking God will pay a price, a severe price.

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Hear, hear! February 19, 2013 at 11:54 am

On Politco Blog this morning…
BennyFactor1
10:46 AM EST “Forgiveness
is a tenet of Christianity. but that does not mean it is good to
re-enter the very arena that enabled your downfall. Politics tends to
enable officials to act with impunity, which is not good for Mr.
Sanford’s recovery from sin. He needs to enter a different,
non-political arena, that will provide less temptation for him. his
strong desire to re-enter politics is reminiscent of the alcoholic who
wants to start dabbling in drink. It’s unwise for the addict and those
whose lives may be impacted by him. I’m sure there are plenty of high
powered perivate-sector companies that would be happy to clear a path
for him. Then, after proving that his repentence was sincere and he can
resist hubristic temptation, he could look at elected politics.”

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carrie February 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I agree, but me thinks MBC wants a famous Congressman for a husband.

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Junko February 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Maybe true, but she may have to settle for an infamous former-Governor instead! Since she truly believes in freedom, Notorious B.I.G. (Bad-ass Idiotic Governor) might be her idea of a good time.

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Smirks February 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

Christianity sure is useful for politicians. Religion has nothing to do with how to live your life, it’s just a way of tricking a bunch of idiots that you can be “one of them” before, during, and after breaking whatever tenet in the “good book” you care to.

I wonder, does the “Jeebus forgave me” defense work for the other nine commandments? “Your honor, yes, I killed him in cold blood, but God gives second chances!” Case dismissed!

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south mauldin February 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

My question is, how many of the Republican candidates said that God told them to run? My savior is nonpartisan.

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Tom February 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

God is a Republican, just ask BigT.

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Kuyperdog February 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Mark Sanford’s “Christianity” has about as much content as Maria Chapur’s THONG!!!

He wants to play the First District for fools touting “none of us go through life without mistakes…”. Wow, he narcissistically thinks we’re just as bad as him!!!

If he believeshe can sell that line, then I have a bridge in Argentina I’d like to sell him.

Ok, you First District voters, the guy has: 37 State Ethics violations and $74, 000 paid in fines!!! http://www.thestate.com/2009/11/23/1041023/sanford-vacation-hunting-trip.html
“Take a Hike” Mark, you will not be missed!

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The Granite Halls February 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Yep, Isn’t Ted Vick a preacher and Roland Smith, Chairman of the House Ethic panel, who exonerated Nikki Haley.
Richard Eckstrom loves to tout his “born again Christianity”.
Bob Peeler campaigned on “Faith Family and Friends”, while haaving an affair with next door neighbor and campaign worker.
Jake Knotts was taking the” Devil’s money, to do God’s work”
All of these hypocrits mocking God will pay a price, a severe price.

Reply
Hear, hear! February 19, 2013 at 10:54 am

On Politco Blog this morning…
BennyFactor1
10:46 AM EST “Forgiveness
is a tenet of Christianity. but that does not mean it is good to
re-enter the very arena that enabled your downfall. Politics tends to
enable officials to act with impunity, which is not good for Mr.
Sanford’s recovery from sin. He needs to enter a different,
non-political arena, that will provide less temptation for him. his
strong desire to re-enter politics is reminiscent of the alcoholic who
wants to start dabbling in drink. It’s unwise for the addict and those
whose lives may be impacted by him. I’m sure there are plenty of high
powered perivate-sector companies that would be happy to clear a path
for him. Then, after proving that his repentence was sincere and he can
resist hubristic temptation, he could look at elected politics.”

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carrie February 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

I agree, but me thinks MBC wants a famous Congressman for a husband.

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Junko February 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Maybe true, but she may have to settle for an infamous former-Governor instead! Since she truly believes in freedom, Notorious B.I.G. (Bad-ass Idiotic Governor) might be her idea of a good time.

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Gillon February 18, 2013 at 11:37 am

If I’m not mistaken, Sanford has already been given that “second chance.”. That was from Jenny who attempted to save their marriage through counseling. His response was the “walk on the Appalacian Trail”, and the trip to Argentina on Father’s Day weekend. What will be his response to this second “second chance” is anybody’s guess.

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No Thanks February 18, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Actually, I think Jenny did better than God on that score. She probably gave him 3rd and 4th, and 5th chances ad nauseum until as she states, ” …I started to see that my repeated forgiveness was likely enabling the poor choices Mark continued to make.”

Read more: Jenny Sanford Explains Her Decision to Divorce Mark Sanford – Harper’s BAZAAR

Further, his use of “I” and “me” for his accomplishments but blunts his failings by using the Royal “we” and “us,” is very telling.

But even more to the point, Sanford has a record of laying the blame for his lack of judgement and poor choices on God. “…we are not in charge at the end of the day, got to step back, didn’t mean for this to happen, didn’t intend for it to happen, it isn’t your fault, what will be will be….” [AP Interview] Sounds like a win/win for him no matter his behavior.

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Gillon February 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

If I’m not mistaken, Sanford has already been given that “second chance.”. That was from Jenny who attempted to save their marriage through counseling. His response was the “walk on the Appalacian Trail”, and the trip to Argentina on Father’s Day weekend. What will be his response to this second “second chance” is anybody’s guess.

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No Thanks February 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Actually, I think Jenny did better than God on that score. She probably gave him 3rd and 4th, and 5th chances ad nauseum until as she states, ” …I started to see that my repeated forgiveness was likely enabling the poor choices Mark continued to make.”

Read more: Jenny Sanford Explains Her Decision to Divorce Mark Sanford – Harper’s BAZAAR

Further, his use of “I” and “me” for his accomplishments but blunts his failings by using the Royal “we” and “us,” is very telling.

But even more to the point, Sanford has a record of laying the blame for his lack of judgement and poor choices on God. “…we are not in charge at the end of the day, got to step back, didn’t mean for this to happen, didn’t intend for it to happen, it isn’t your fault, what will be will be….” [AP Interview] Sounds like a win/win for him no matter his behavior.

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Jenny W. Hilton February 18, 2013 at 11:49 am

Hey, it’s better than looking at Chip Limehouse on tv.

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jimlewisowb February 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Ladies, Gentleman and Voters

Pay special attention to the comment by Ms. Hilton

This is why Sanford has a pretty damn good chance of pulling out a win

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Jenny W. Hilton February 18, 2013 at 10:49 am

Hey, it’s better than looking at Chip Limehouse on tv.

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jimlewisowb February 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Ladies, Gentleman and Voters

Pay special attention to the comment by Ms. Hilton

This is why Sanford has a pretty damn good chance of pulling out a win

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Tank February 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm

How can any “family values” voter even CONSIDER voting for this guy?

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Tank February 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

How can any “family values” voter even CONSIDER voting for this guy?

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nitrat February 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm

How can anyone who has watched the SCDOT and SCDOR (among other cabinet agencies) explode in massive mismanagement scandals from what is extremely obvious long term – longer than Nikki’s 2 years in office – lack of executive oversight by an out-to-hike for 8 longg years Gov. Mark Sanford and still consider voting for this guy is mind boggling.

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nitrat February 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

How can anyone who has watched the SCDOT and SCDOR (among other cabinet agencies) explode in massive mismanagement scandals from what is extremely obvious long term – longer than Nikki’s 2 years in office – lack of executive oversight by an out-to-hike for 8 longg years Gov. Mark Sanford and still consider voting for this guy is mind boggling.

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mushmouth February 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

he attended the Lou(ser) 33-37 at USC, Holtz shcool of sictino. Spit out the excess spit. Sanfraud is pathetic. Fool me once, ahcme on you, fool me twice…….

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mushmouth February 18, 2013 at 11:47 am

he attended the Lou(ser) 33-37 at USC, Holtz shcool of sictino. Spit out the excess spit. Sanfraud is pathetic. Fool me once, ahcme on you, fool me twice…….

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Anyone else see FITS slowly warming up to Sanford, claiming he has been convinced, by the end, that Sanford is the best candidate???
FITS: I was born at night…but not last night. You’re not nealy as slick as you think…we see right through you….

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

Anyone else see FITS slowly warming up to Sanford, claiming he has been convinced, by the end, that Sanford is the best candidate???
FITS: I was born at night…but not last night. You’re not nealy as slick as you think…we see right through you….

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novalue February 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm

So tired of the GOPERS using the church tour to justify their failings as a human being. We all fall short, true, but this should disqualify him as any type of leadership position. He failed his own family leaving his boys on Fathers Day, for a piece of ass.

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nitrat February 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

The difference is that Mark is a member of The Family/The Fellowship/C Street and believes he was annointed by God to be in power.

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novalue February 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

So tired of the GOPERS using the church tour to justify their failings as a human being. We all fall short, true, but this should disqualify him as any type of leadership position. He failed his own family leaving his boys on Fathers Day, for a piece of ass.

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nitrat February 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

The difference is that Mark is a member of The Family/The Fellowship/C Street and believes he was annointed by God to be in power.

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Connie Riprock February 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Hey Sanford, if you can explain why you gave your Furman gal-pal Susan DeVenny at First Steps a double-digit raise during the recession and then wrote an executive order to channel SC’s federal funds for disabled babies’ to her and six months later let her cut 1000 kids from the program and then allowed her to stop writing annual reports and evaluations required by law AND explain how First Steps got one of the worst legislative audits in recent history and is still in business, I’ll throw my vote your way.

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Do Tell February 18, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Was she party to one of his line-crossings?

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Moses February 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm

She sho nuf don’t hab nuthin else goin fuh huh

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Connie Riprock February 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Hey Sanford, if you can explain why you gave your Furman gal-pal Susan DeVenny at First Steps a double-digit raise during the recession and then wrote an executive order to channel SC’s federal funds for disabled babies’ to her and six months later let her cut 1000 kids from the program and then allowed her to stop writing annual reports and evaluations required by law AND explain how First Steps got one of the worst legislative audits in recent history and is still in business, I’ll throw my vote your way.

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Do Tell February 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Was she party to one of his line-crossings?

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Moses February 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

She sho nuf don’t hab nuthin else goin fuh huh

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No 1 Counselor February 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I am not a military person, but I once heard this remark regarding mistakes: “You forgive the troops, but you fire the general.” Somehow Sanford reminds me of this. Should he be using the word “overlook” instead of forgive?

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No 1 Counselor February 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I am not a military person, but I once heard this remark regarding mistakes: “You forgive the troops, but you fire the general.” Somehow Sanford reminds me of this. Should he be using the word “overlook” instead of forgive?

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Liberal=Science=Equality February 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I will fucking laugh my ass off at SC voters if he’s elected.

Too big to be an insane asylum? Look again….

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Hot Air Balloon February 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I will fucking laugh my ass off at SC voters if he’s elected.

Too big to be an insane asylum? Look again….

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Too bad Sanford is not recording his ad from a jail cell.
I guess what he did is not criminal (at least what we know of)….but to do his children like he did…that’s hard to overlook, and act like it’sOK, all of the sudden.
Forgiving a person does not include rescinding the consequnces of his actions, either…and that’s what Sanford is asking for.
It’s not forgiveness he wants…he’s asking for everybody to forget what he did.
Wonder if our wives and children could ever do that if we did what eh did???

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Too bad Sanford is not recording his ad from a jail cell.
I guess what he did is not criminal (at least what we know of)….but to do his children like he did…that’s hard to overlook, and act like it’sOK, all of the sudden.
Forgiving a person does not include rescinding the consequnces of his actions, either…and that’s what Sanford is asking for.
It’s not forgiveness he wants…he’s asking for everybody to forget what he did.
Wonder if our wives and children could ever do that if we did what eh did???

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bogart February 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Sanford humbly asked that you forget he deserted the state for ten days(his original plan) in order to chase ass in South America…..This man doesn’t have a humble bone in his body.I truely detest the way he uses God to get votes………..I would vote for Big T before I would vote for Sanford….That pretty much tells you how sorry Sanford is.

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bogart February 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Sanford humbly asked that you forget he deserted the state for ten days(his original plan) in order to chase ass in South America…..This man doesn’t have a humble bone in his body.I truely detest the way he uses God to get votes………..I would vote for Big T before I would vote for Sanford….That pretty much tells you how sorry Sanford is.

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Tom February 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I wonder if his pending nuptials are contingent on a political comeback.

Also, does absolution normally follow confession and repentance. Somehow I don’t think marrying the mistress you dumped your wife and kids for is evidence of repentance.

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nitrat February 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

It worked for Newt.
Just ask the SCGOP primary voters.

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Pandering philanderer February 18, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I think Sanford figured that the political comeback was contingent on making his mistress at least a fiancee, with a shot at wife in the offing – he’s nothing if not considerate of the sensibilities of the voters (not so much his family, but….)

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Tom February 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I wonder if his pending nuptials are contingent on a political comeback.

Also, does absolution normally follow confession and repentance. Somehow I don’t think marrying the mistress you dumped your wife and kids for is evidence of repentance.

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nitrat February 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

It worked for Newt.
Just ask the SCGOP primary voters.

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Pandering philanderer February 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I think Sanford figured that the political comeback was contingent on making his mistress at least a fiancee, with a shot at wife in the offing – he’s nothing if not considerate of the sensibilities of the voters (not so much his family, but….)

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Sailor February 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Well at least he made CNN! They keep playing the ad, over and over. Shit, they even had a discussion about it. He’s probably getting as much free advertising as what he’s paying for. He’s playing that old tune that America is the land of second chances. Smooth move!

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Sailor February 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Well at least he made CNN! They keep playing the ad, over and over. Shit, they even had a discussion about it. He’s probably getting as much free advertising as what he’s paying for. He’s playing that old tune that America is the land of second chances. Smooth move!

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Grandparent February 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

I did not need to hear or see this man so early this morning on the Today Show. Why does he speak to his audiences as though he is our parent? Hi is, was and always will be a loser. Why won’t he just go away?

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Grandparent February 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

Sorry, he.

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Grandparent February 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

I did not need to hear or see this man so early this morning on the Today Show. Why does he speak to his audiences as though he is our parent? Hi is, was and always will be a loser. Why won’t he just go away?

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Grandparent February 19, 2013 at 8:34 am

Sorry, he.

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Darth February 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

So when was the last time any of this crowd with stones was in chruch on a Sunday morning other than Chrismas or Easter?

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Sanford is icky February 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

Probably the last time Sanford truly got down with the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. Grandparent has got it right. Maybe he should become a Televangelist. We are all fatigued by the hard sell and his not so subtle guilt-trip role reversal.

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Darth February 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

So when was the last time any of this crowd with stones was in chruch on a Sunday morning other than Chrismas or Easter?

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Sanford is icky February 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

Probably the last time Sanford truly got down with the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. Grandparent has got it right. Maybe he should become a Televangelist. We are all fatigued by the hard sell and his not so subtle guilt-trip role reversal.

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The Fonz February 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

So it’s seems he is attempting to apologize for a/some mistakes he has made. Is he saying it was a mistake for him to marry Jenny in the first place? Because if you look at his actions not words his romance with Chapur was not a mistake his marriage to Jenny was the mistake.

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History Repeats February 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

Who’s to say Chapur isn’t being used just as Sanford ended up using his former wife? Four wonderful sons later and some wonderful memories; I doubt the former Mrs. Sanford sees it as a mistake. Right now Chapur and Sanford are too busy using each other to catapult themselves back into some kind of respectability. Maybe it is karma that two users end up together.

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The Fonz February 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

So it’s seems he is attempting to apologize for a/some mistakes he has made. Is he saying it was a mistake for him to marry Jenny in the first place? Because if you look at his actions not words his romance with Chapur was not a mistake his marriage to Jenny was the mistake.

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History Repeats February 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

Who’s to say Chapur isn’t being used just as Sanford ended up using his former wife? Four wonderful sons later and some wonderful memories; I doubt the former Mrs. Sanford sees it as a mistake. Right now Chapur and Sanford are too busy using each other to catapult themselves back into some kind of respectability. Maybe it is karma that two users end up together.

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BigT February 19, 2013 at 10:54 am

The media hates the GOP and SC, and they are ‘all in’ for Sanford…that should tell you a lot…

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The Fonz February 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

When was the last time the GOP or the state of SC did anything yo help themselves..??

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BigT February 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

The media hates the GOP and SC, and they are ‘all in’ for Sanford…that should tell you a lot…

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The Fonz February 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

When was the last time the GOP or the state of SC did anything yo help themselves..??

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chester February 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

On one of the news outlets last night they laughed about Sanford being on the Jesus Trail……when all else fails talk about God and forgiveness.Sanford really needs to get some new material,he’s wearing that Bible out and not in a good way.No doubt Chapur is wearing out her knees.

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chester February 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

On one of the news outlets last night they laughed about Sanford being on the Jesus Trail……when all else fails talk about God and forgiveness.Sanford really needs to get some new material,he’s wearing that Bible out and not in a good way.No doubt Chapur is wearing out her knees.

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9" February 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Hey,Mark-

Jesus loves you.Everybody else thinks you’re an asshole.

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9" February 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hey,Mark-

Jesus loves you.Everybody else thinks you’re an asshole.

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