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Airport video shows SC gov leaving


COLUMBIA, S.C. - Security videos obtained by The Associated Press show Gov. Mark Sanford wheeling a small suitcase though a South Carolina airport the day he dropped off the map to see his mistress in Argentina.

Videos from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport show him walking inside the airport, standing on a moving sidewalk and then approaching a boarding counter there last Thursday. He is alone.

Time stamps on the video indicate Sanford could have boarded a commercial flight to Atlanta in time for a departure on an 8:35 p.m. flight to Buenos Aires, though it's not clear if that's the flight he took.

He returned this past Wednesday, then hours later publicly revealed that he's been having an affair. His staff had told reporters that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Unfaithful SC gov says he's focusing on his family

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford tells reporters staking out his beach home that he's focusing on his family right now.

He emerged briefly Thursday from the Sullivans Island home and rolled down the window of his car to talk. Asked if he's planning to resign, he shook his head no.

Sanford publicly admitted Wednesday that he's been having an affair with a woman in Argentina whom he had just returned from visiting. He says he'll reimburse the state for the cost of a trade mission last year where he "made a mistake" and saw her.

He spent Thursday at the beach home with his wife, who says she asked him to leave two weeks ago so she could come to terms with his infidelity.

He told reporters he was heading back to Columbia, the capital, on Thursday afternoon.

Jilted 1st lady appears upbeat, focused on family

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford says her cheating husband can worry about his own career. She is concerning herself with their four sons.

She chatted with the reporters briefly Thursday afternoon outside their Sullivans Island beach home, shortly after her husband departed following his daylong visit. The two are not living together at the moment.

Jenny Sanford said she's taking things one day at a time. She appeared upbeat and laughed when stopping to talk with media and said she was taking her sons out to dinner and on a boat ride.

Gov. Mark Sanford admitted publicly Wednesday that he's been having an affair with a woman he just got back from visiting in Argentina.

Gov plans 1st public meeting after affair revealed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has scheduled a special meeting, which will be his first planned appearance since going public with his extramarital affair.

Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer said the week's tumultuous events are on the agenda for the Cabinet meeting Friday. State business also is to be discussed.

On Wednesday, Sanford returned from visiting his mistress in Argentina and admitted to the affair. First lady Jenny Sanford said she and the governor are living apart but trying to reconcile.

He spent much of Thursday with his wife and children at their beach house on Sullivans Island. He shook his head "no" when asked if he planned to resign.