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Former Gov. Mark Sanford walked the line between contrition and a commitment to his GOP campaign for the 1st District in a live appearance on NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday.
“The reality of our lives is, if we live long enough, we’re gonna fail at something,” said Sanford, referring to his sudden disappearance as governor in 2009 and extramarital affair with an Argentinian woman. “And I absolutely failed in my personal life and my marriage. But one place I didn’t ever fail was with the taxpayer. If you were to look at my 20 years in politics, what you would see is a fairly remarkable consistency in trying to watch out for the taxpayer.”
NBC host Savannah Guthrie questioned Sanford, who hewed to his two-pronged message: he had experienced a personal failure but had a political record of successful fiscal conservatism. He’s repeated this message throughout his comeback campaign to Congress in the 1st District, much of which he once represented in the House in the 1990s.
Sanford released his first ad of the race on Monday, in which he made reference to his “mistakes.”
Guthrie pressed Sanford on whether his re-entry to politics was worth it.
“I failed mightily,” said Sanford, sitting in Rockefeller Plaza. “The saying is, ‘the higher you rise, the bigger you fall.’ I failed. But, in some ways, what I’ve come to learn is that, ultimately, our brokenness as human beings is ultimately our connection.”