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Sanford lauds Aiken Tech in career center visit

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford visited Aiken Technical College and the One Stop Career Center to talk about the state's job training programs.mpions.
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GRANITEVILLE --- Gov. Mark Sanford told an audience at Aiken Technical College's One Stop Career Center that his mission is to use the current "political energy" around him to advance the story of South Carolina.

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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks with the media.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks with the media.

"Let's see if we can do something good with it," he said Thursday afternoon. "There's a real vibrancy to this community that, as the national and global economy pick up, will do well."

Mr. Sanford was surrounded by cameras and supporters during most of his tour as he asked questions about the career center and how it helps the unemployed. He also visited Savannah River Site on Thursday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony.

The governor said he came to Aiken Tech to see for himself the success of the college, where enrollment has increased by 35 percent in the past year.

"I give credit to this institution and the institution system as a whole for the ability to reach the price point and produce successful students," he said.

Mr. Sanford later discussed a variety of issues at an impromptu news conference, including the state ethics commission investigation into his travels and his extramarital affair.

The governor said he does not believe the ethics commission's findings should be released until the investigation into his travels is completed. He said once the inquiry is complete he will be exonerated.

"My travel budget has been 70 percent below any previous governor in the last 30 years," he said. "If one believes in the judicial process, you shouldn't base these things on media headlines."

He also said he has asked for forgiveness several times for his unannounced trip in June and his affair.

"The moral failure revealed to the world in June was mine," he said. "The measure of any of our lives is not the falling down but getting back up."

With a little more than a year left in office, Mr. Sanford said he plans to continue to champion investments in South Carolina that will place the state on a "sustainable course."

His visit Thursday was significant to North Augusta resident Thomas Spillane, who spoke with the governor when he was at the One Stop Career Center to look for a job. He said he appreciated Mr. Sanford's interest in his career goals. He has been looking for a job for 10 months, he said.

"It shows concern," Mr. Spillane said. "We need someone who cares about what's going on right now."

Reach Stephanie Toone at (803) 648-1395 ext. 110 or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com.

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silent_minority
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silent_minority 10/02/09 - 06:29 am
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'Mr. Sanford said he plans to

'Mr. Sanford said he plans to continue to champion investments in South Carolina that will place the state on a "sustainable course." '

With what authority is he able to champion investments? What assurance can he offer potential developers, when he's on his way out of office? I think Sanford is simply hanging on to his last public role at the expense of the people who he is supposed to represent. Gov. Sanford continues to demonstrate that he puts his own personal interests above nation, state and family.

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lifelongresidient 10/02/09 - 07:09 am
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"championing

"championing investments"?!?!?! how can anyone count on this man to champion investments when thate was an auto manufacturing company that was considering aiken, they made it to the final round and where was the governor???? during this time, he had ABANDONED his post as chief executive officer for the state to chase some tail. BTW lied and left word he was "hiking" actually he was riding down I-20 to hartsville-jackson airport to meet his "sole-mate"..some committment to the state, his family or to the people of aiken

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Getoverit2 10/02/09 - 11:32 am
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Sole-mate my a... she is

Sole-mate my a... she is w.... any woman that sleeps with another womans husband is a w.... He is an idot !!!!!

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The Knave 10/02/09 - 06:14 pm
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The SC state legislature and

The SC state legislature and the U.S. Congress are full of dopes and creeps like the LuvGuv. In his case, the Republi-cons have another right-wing-nut religionist on their hands. The Demon-rats have equally despicable egomaniacs in their corral. The Republic is doomed because those Americans who do vote, choose to vote these criminals into office, and then vote to keep them there.

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