Governor admits to bad interview

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COLUMBIA --- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford knows he bumbled a CNN Sunday talk show interview as the cable network took a look at potential running mates for Arizona Sen. John McCain and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has been a key backer of Sen. John McCain, but on TV he could not lay out the economic differences between Mr. McCain and President Bush.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has been a key backer of Sen. John McCain, but on TV he could not lay out the economic differences between Mr. McCain and President Bush.

Mr. Sanford stammered when asked to lay out the economic differences between Mr. McCain and President Bush.

Mr. Sanford's response was transcribed by CNN as: "Yes. I mean, for instance, take, you know -- take, for instance, the issue of -- I'm drawing a blank, and I hate it when I do that, particularly on television."

Eventually, he pointed to the North American Free Trade Agreement, but CNN Late Edition host Wolf Blitzer reminded Mr. Sanford that Mr. Bush and Mr. McCain shared support for the trade deal.

Bloggers and political pundits seized on the episode as proof that a key McCain ally could not put down the criticism that Mr. McCain's election would amount to a "third Bush term."


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