Mark Sanford Releases First Ad, Asks for Second Chance

Former Gov. Mark Sanford appeals to the "God of second chances" in his bid for South Carolina's first congressional district.

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Mark Sanford (R) has released his first ad for the South Carolina 1st Congressional District special election.  Sanford held the state’s 1st Congressional District from 1995 to 2001 and was governor from 2003 to 2011.  His political career was sidetracked in 2009 by his affair with his “soulmate” María Belén Chapu, a television reporter in Buenos Aires.  He told his staff that he was taking a hike on the Appalachian Trail when he was actually visiting her in Argentina.  After the coverup was exposed, Sanford and his wife Jenny divorced. Sanford proposed to Chapu last summer and they are currently engaged to be married.

The ad shows that Sanford’s comeback will be publicized as a redemption story. Sanford appeals to the “God of second chances” and says that he has learned “a lot about grace” from his mistakes.  He also returns to the traditional conservative economic playbook, boasting that he has “cut spending, reduced debt, and made government more accountable” in his time in office.

The seat opened up when Governor Nikki R. Haley appointed Representative Tim Scott to replace the conservative Republican Jim DeMint in the Senate, who stepped down to run the Heritage Foundation. The primary is March 19.

Here’s the ad’s transcript:

Washington’s math doesn’t add up. And so for years while many have talked, I’ve fought to do something about it. I’ve cut spending, reduced debt, and made government more accountable. More recently, I’ve experienced how none of us go though life without mistakes. But in their wake we can learn a lot about grace, a God of second chances, and be the better for it. In that light I humbly step forward and ask for your help in changing Washington. I’m Mark Sanford and I approve this message.

22 comments
RebekahBeckyMajors-Manley
RebekahBeckyMajors-Manley

MARIA BELEN CHAPUR-DISGUSTING HUMAN BEING AND WOMEN- NEVER WILL BE ACCEPTED IN THE SOCIETY OF DECENT HUMAN BEINGS AND WOMEN!!  WOMEN WILL NEVER FORGET!- KNOW THAT AT EVERY FUNCTION YOU ATTEND WOMEN CANNOT STAND YOU, AND MANY DECENT MEN- FAMILY MEN. YOU ARE BEING  TALKED BAD ABOUT --- BECAUSE YOU ARE EVERYTHING  DECENT WOMEN HATE! YOU ARE A THIEF, A TRASHY PERSON AND YOU  ARE WHAT WE REFER TO AS A B@!$h!.When we women call other women "BITCH" YOU MARIA BELEN CHAPU ARE THE VERY PICTURE.. YOU CHOSE TO BE A THIEF AND SLEEP WITH A HUSBAND AND FATHER, AND I AM CERTAIN IT IS NOT YOUR FIRST TIME EITHER- THAT IS WHAT WHITE TRASHY WOMEN DO. WHILE HE WAS STILL MARRIEDYOU CHOSE TO, RUIN HIS MARRIAGE AND FAMILY AND NOW HAVE THE DISRESPECT TO STAND WITH HIM AFTERYOU ALSO HELPED TO SCREW THE SOUTH CAROLINA PEOPLE WHEN THEY TOOK THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY TO MISUSE FOR YOU AND MARK'S UNETHIC BEHAVIOR. NOW- ABUSING GOD'S NAME AS YOU STANDS BY HIS SIDE, SMILING- YOU ARE EVERYTHING ALONG WITH HIM THAT IS WRONG- VERY DISGUSTING PEOPLE. YOU WILL NEVER BE ANYTHING BUT TRASH AND BY YOU EVEN BEING THERE AT MARK SANFORDS EVENT SMILING AS IF EVERYTHING IS OK- WHEN IT IS NOT!!!!!!!!! SHOWS YOUR DISGUSTING CHARACTER! YOU ARE WHAT I NEVER WANT MY SONS TO EXPERIENCE- THE LOWEST OF LOW AS A HUMAN BEING.YOU HAVE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED SO MANY LIVES AND YOUR SMUG SMILING BEHAVIOR SHOWS YOUR NARCCISM AND TRUE SELFISHNESS. THE PICTURE MAY SHOW YOUR OUTWARD BEAUTY BUT THE PERSONAL STORY SHOWS YOUR UGLY INNER SELF. 

sandifjm
sandifjm

Running as a Republican in South Carolina, you've got to like his chances.

Arimathean
Arimathean

Well, I hope he doesn't win, but he's got balls of steel to throw his hat back in the ring at this point.

dreamcatcher5
dreamcatcher5

@TIME @TIMEPolitics The voters aren't God and hopefully are not as good as sport as he is

MFL1956
MFL1956

@TIME @timepolitics Has Mark Sanford EVER accounted f what SC taxpayers spent f him to go on "junkets" to SAmerica? What was payoff for SC?

Manruss
Manruss

@TIME @TIMEPolitics "Mark Sanford asks for forgiveness in new ad" Is there an Eagles' song playing in the background?

alexiromanov
alexiromanov

@time @timepolitics I wondered,I confused the name with the banker who embezzled tens of millions,this is just adultery.

SONJANERY
SONJANERY

@TIME how when is lost of flesh....innocent!

deeJohn66
deeJohn66

@TIME @TIMEPolitics Forgive him but don"t give him a job for life in the Senate. Let him find a real job.

beautifulwitch5
beautifulwitch5

@time @timepolitics Is Sanford crying like Jimmy Swaggert? I want to see that.

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

Fortunately for Mr. Sanford I do note vote in SC. If I did I would have a quick answer for him: No.

He made a fool of himself a few years ago - not long enough ago to stage a comeback - and he behaved in a mature, unbalnced way. Not like a governor of any state should behave. He should be satisfied to go life his life with his South American honey.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

Go away, Mark Sanford.  You are damaged goods and I'm pretty sure the national party wants you to go away, a la Todd Akin.  However, I was pleased with the way that race turned out, so perhaps, "Run Forrest, run!" is a better mantra.


Good grief!  Paulejb has grown rather nasty and insufferable as of late!  He's always been a Super Righty--With Extra Kool-Aid, but now he's just ugly.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Wonder if Messi is their love child....

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Yes he has long believed in the God of second chances.

Just not when he voted to impeach President Clinton.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Take a hike, Mark.

Oh, wait ...

Sue_N
Sue_N

@AlistairCookie I think Obama's re-election unhinged him. He used to be halfway amusing and fairly rational, and never really personal. Now he's like Rusty, only with better grammar.

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

@AlistairCookie 

The way his national party is headed, they probably think his comeback is a good thing. Maybe even presidential material for 2016. David Petraeus can be his VP. What can David Vitter do? (And so on ...)

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Paul,nnto Well, God is a Republican. Or so they keep telling us.