Sanford: I "crossed lines" with other women

The South Carolina governor continues to talk about his marriage and the dalliances that have affected it

By Alex Koppelman
July 1, 2009 3:40AM (UTC)
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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's recent affair wasn't the only time he strayed from his wife, Sanford revealed in an interview with the Associated Press. But, he says, he didn't have sex with the other women, who he met while on trips abroad.

"There were a handful of instances wherein I crossed the lines I shouldn't have crossed as a married man, but never crossed the ultimate line .... What I would say is that I've never had sex with another woman. Have I done stupid [things]? I have. You know you meet someone. You dance with them. You go to a place where you probably shouldn't have gone," Sanford said.


"If you're a married guy at the end of the day you shouldn't be dancing with somebody else. So anyway, without wandering into that field we'll just say that I let my guard down in all senses of the word without ever crossing the line that I crossed with this situation."

That sort of vague, almost Clintonian distinction will probably do nothing to stop people from digging further into Sanford's personal life. But in talking with the AP, Sanford also proved to be at times probably too candid, notably when discussing his affair with Maria Belen Chapur.

Though he said he's trying to fall back in love with his wife, he called Chapur his "soul mate" and said, "This was a whole lot more than a simple affair, this was a love story. A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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