Mark Sanford ad: Everybody makes mistakes

The former South Carolina governor released a new campaign ad about "second chances"

By Jillian Rayfield

Published February 19, 2013 4:16PM (EST)

      (Sanford For Congress)
(Sanford For Congress)

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford released a new TV ad for his congressional campaign, emphasizing that everyone makes mistakes and deserves "second chances."

“I’ve experienced how none of us go through life without mistakes,” Sanford says in the ad. “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.”


Sanford left office in disgrace in 2009 after revelations that he was conducting an affair with an Argentinian woman, which came to light after he disappeared from his state. He is running for his old congressional seat, recently vacated by Republican Tim Scott after Scott was appointed to Sen. Jim DeMint's senate seat.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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