State of South Carolina Archives: on Principles & Values


Mark Sanford: Voted to impeach Clinton for affair, but should be forgiven

Colbert Busch reminded Sanford that he once used taxpayer funds to "leave the country for a personal purpose"--referring to the extramarital affair with an Argentine woman he had while governor.

Later, Sanford was reminded by a questioner that he voted to impeach President Bill Clinton because of his involvement with Monica Lewinsky and asked if he would vote that way again. "I would reverse the question," Sanford said. "Do you think President Clinton should be condemned for the rest of his life for a mistake he made in his life?"

Sanford is trying to rebound from a scandal that sidelined his political career. In 2009, Sanford, after telling his staff he was out hiking the Appalachian Trail, revealed that he was in Argentina with a woman he later became engaged to after divorcing his wife, Jenny. Before leaving office, Sanford avoided impeachment but was censured by the Legislature over state travel expenses he used for the affair. He also paid the largest ethics fine ever in S.C, $70,000.

Source: News12 on 2013 S.C. House District 1 debate Apr 29, 2013

Mark Sanford: Now engaged to woman from 2009 extramarital affair

Only one reference was made to Sanford's 2009 admission to an extramarital affair. Answering a question about spending, Colbert Busch referenced Sanford's surprise absence from the state in June 2009 during which he visited his Argentinian lover, now his fianc‚e. "When we talk about fiscal spending and we talk about protecting the taxpayers, it doesn't mean you take that money we saved and leave the country for a personal purpose," Colbert Busch said.

"She went there, Gov. Sanford," said the debate's moderator.

"I couldn't hear what she said," Sanford responded. "Repeat it, I didn't hear it."

"Answer the question," Colbert Busch said.

"What was the question?" asked Sanford, who then answered the original question on spending.

Source: TheState.com on 2013 S.C. House District 1 debate Apr 29, 2013

Sharron Angle: Don't let Sharia law take hold anywhere in our United States

CNN: Here's an audio clip of what Ms. Angle originally claimed:
We're talking about militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn't a widespread thing. But it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it. My thoughts are these. First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil and under constitutional law, not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States. (APPLAUSE).

But it seems to me that there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States.

CNN: That certainly sounds scary.
Source: CNN "360 Degrees" coverage: 2010 S.C. Senate debate Oct 14, 2010

Jim DeMint: I'd prefer conservative principles than a Senate majority

Q: You said you would rather have people who adhere to conservative principles than have the majority. The problem is that in the minority, you can't get anything done that you'd like to get done. Square that for me.

DEMINT: Well, let me clarify what I mean by conservative. I'm just talking about common-sense people who don't think balancing a checkbook is a radical idea. What I'm talking about is where mainstream America is, and it's just common sense

Q: A poll said about 19% of Americans support the tea party movement. That's not mainstream. That's not most Americans.

DEMINT: The interesting thing is, for instance, in Delaware, there are probably at most a few thousand tea party activists. But ten times that many voted for Christine O'Donnell in the Republican primary. So for every person who takes up a sign and goes to a tea party rally, there are thousands of Americans who agree with them, who don't like Republicans or Democrats, but they're concerned about the incredible spending.

Source: CNN "State of the Union" coverage: 2010 S.C. Senate debate Sep 19, 2010

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