Sanford to reimburse state for Argentine portion of '08 trip

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said today he will reimburse the state for the Argentine leg of a June 2008 state Commerce Department trip to South America.

Noting that the department had issued a statement earlier today detailing the expenses of the trip, Sanford said that he and others had met with government and business officials in Brazil and Argentina.

"However, while the purpose of this trip was an entirely professional and appropriate business development trip, I made a mistake while I was there in meeting with the woman who I was unfaithful to my wife with. That has raised some very legitimate concerns and questions, and as such I am going to reimburse the state for the full cost of the Argentina leg of this trip," he said.

The only taxpayer funds expended for any of the Argentina part of the trip were for Mr. Sanford and Commerce Project Manager Ford Graham, the Commerce Department statement said.

The governor's airfare, which included travel from Columbia to Atlanta to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Cordoba, Argentina, to Buenos Aires, to Atlanta to Columbia, totaled $8,687. Mr. Graham's airfare, which was not detailed, totaled $1,910.

Lodging, meals and other expenses totaled $1,213.

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