SC Gov. Sanford wants to reconcile with first lady

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Thursday he still wants to reconcile with the first lady even though Jenny Sanford has made clear she won't be standing by his side in the wake of his affair.

Sanford spoke with reporters a day after a legislative panel rejected an impeachment resolution and instead decided to recommend a formal rebuke for his trysts with an Argentine mistress and his misuse of state planes. The panel said his actions had brought the state "ridicule, dishonor, disgrace and shame."

Just hours after the panel's decision, ABC aired a previously recorded interview with Jenny Sanford. The first lady said her husband's actions hurt her, but have not robbed her of her self-esteem. Sanford said he didn't watch the interview but understands why his wife is speaking out.

"The obvious is the obvious, which is I hurt her greatly as I did many other people across the state, but I hurt her most greatly and so I don't begrudge her in any way for speaking out as she has," Sanford said.

Jenny Sanford, a former Wall Street investment firm vice president who helped direct her husband's political campaigns, surprised many in June when she said she didn't know where her husband was over Father's Day weekend. The governor's spokesman said he had gone hiking along the Appalachian Trail, but the first lady's remark heightened the mystery over Sanford's whereabouts.

He emerged after a five-day absence to tearfully confess he'd been in Argentina and had been having a yearlong affair with Maria Belen Chapur, a woman he described as his soul mate.

Since then, Jenny Sanford has moved out of the Governor's Mansion with the couple's four sons and lives at the family's beach house on Sullivans Island near Charleston.

Sanford said Thursday he still wants to reconcile.

"Yeah. I mean, you may have missed it, but I mean I was down there last night and dropped by and saw the kids," Sanford said.

Sanford wouldn't talk about whether he has cut off contact with Chapur. "I'm not going back to June. We've had all those conversations."

In his political life, Sanford has just over a year remaining in his second term.

His affair prompted investigations into travel and spending practices that resulted in 37 counts brought by the State Ethics Commission and he could face $74,000 in fines. He faces a hearing on next month.

Meanwhile, the state attorney general is reviewing the allegations to see if they merit criminal prosecution.

Sanford said the panel's vote Wednesday was an important one.

"We're very much back to the business at hand which I think is where the people of South Carolina have wanted us to get for quite some time," he said.

Even though lawmakers are considering a formal reprimand, Sanford said he won't tread lightly around them.

"It's not in my nature unfortunately to walk on egg shells," Sanford said. "I failed at a rather epic level. I apologized. There were consequences that we've dealt with for the last five, six months. One of those consequences seemingly seems to be coming to a close."

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TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 12/10/09 - 11:40 pm
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You tell him Jenny!!!
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You tell him Jenny!!!

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 12/10/09 - 11:45 pm
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Tiger (Cheeta) Woods makes

Tiger (Cheeta) Woods makes Mark Sanford look like a Saint............

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/10/09 - 11:49 pm
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The most stupid thing he said

The most stupid thing he said was that the Argentinian adulteress was his soul-mate. An adulteress for a soul-mate? I guess the Argentinian reporter got an adulterer for a soul-mate, too. They might want to re-evaluate the conditions of their souls. He needs to crawl back on his knees to the only person that should be his soul-mate, beg forgiveness, re-commit to his wife and save his marriage and his family. Long distance relationships are mostly fantasy. A true soul-mate can only be found in real life. A real man can admit his mistakes and work to make things right. His wife deserves a real man.

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FallingLeaves 12/10/09 - 11:54 pm
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Tiger apparently has an

Tiger apparently has an addiction. Only his wife knows whether she is strong enough to be there for him if he chooses to battle his addiction. If they could see into the future for their children, they would do everything humanly possible to save their marriage. The destructive fallout from divorce on children and extended family is endless and cannot be measured. I hope and pray Tiger gets the help he needs or he will have nothing but regrets.

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seenitB4 12/11/09 - 06:22 am
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I hear Tiger is thinking of

I hear Tiger is thinking of moving out of the country,, who can blame him..with this crazy media frenzy..I can't believe some of these women,,,some just want their 15 minutes of media time..notice they are saying LONG TIME AFFAIR,,can't say 1 nite stand..or talked to him for 5 minutes..

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/11/09 - 03:09 pm
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Just Nuts4 says:"Another

Just Nuts4 says:"Another example of the AWM trying to put you know who in a bad light and the non minority will not take this lightly. I will chain myself to this condemned building and go on a hunger strike to show my disdain for humanity or untill they free Mickey Mouse from prison."

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