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July 2nd, 2009
11:02 AM ET

Bennett: Sanford needs to stop 'embarrassing himself'

(CNN) – Mark Sanford is "embarrassing himself" and needs to resign as governor of South Carolina, conservative talk radio host and CNN contributor Bill Bennett said Thursday on CNN's American Morning.

Bennett, the latest high profile conservative to call for Sanford's ouster, said it's time for the onetime Republican rising star to ditch politics and focus solely on getting his life back in order.

"I know Mark Sanford. I know him quite well," Bennett said. "He needs to get his life back in order, his marriage back in order. He is embarrassing himself."

"There is the old notion of indecent exposure, usually that refers to somebody showing some skin, and there's another form of indecent exposure. He is telling us way too much," Bennett continued. "We're not interested. He needs to stop and take care of his life."

Bennett also suggested the GOP can easily fill the gap Sanford would leave.

"We have other people," he said. "We have other people who are not only fiscally interesting and sound but also can keep their lives together. "

Bennett's comments come as more than half of the Republicans in the state senate have now called for Sanford to step down, as well as a host of other GOP leaders in the state. Sanford has indicated he does not intend to resign.

"The whole thing is pretty ugly. It needs to stop," Bennett also said.

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  1. Ricardo E. Howell B.

    I think its time the U.S. show some strong arm and forget the "get involve in other countries affairs" stuff, if not the OAS will only prove to mean nothing or have no real say in these situations in the region. If the U.S. sits and wait for something to happen on its own, Mr. Chavez (venezuela), Correa (Ecuador), Morales (Bolivia), Ortega (Nicaragua) and Castro (Cuba) are going to handle it "properly" their way.

    July 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  2. ronald

    He is telling us way too much,” Bennett continued. “We’re not interested. He needs to stop and take care of his life.”

    Correct, he is telling us way too much, and CNN is showing us way too much? If we are not interested, then WHY are you broadcasting his saying way to much till we do not want him to say too much,nor till we do not want CNN to show us him telling us way too much.
    This topic is old news?
    Go look for something better for presenting on CNN?
    Tell us about what ever happened to that president in the country of Georgia after Russia was attacking?
    tell us about what ever happened to the little girl decades ago, that fell in the well in i think Texas and the whole world watched for her safe rescue. Tell us what ever happened to that coal miner that survived from that mine collapse?
    tell us what ever happened to that us politican whom was on the boat heading to Gaza and Isreal intercepted it?
    This Sanford topic, CNN can stop dragging the topic too?
    What do you think, Mr. Bennett?

    July 6, 2009 at 7:16 am |
  3. John

    If it weren't for the personal problems of celebrities and politicians, CNN and others wouldn't have anything else to do! Like a pulper feeding a paper machine, spin meisters obsess with these dramas, lest they have to do some real journalism.

    Like CNN this morning: Sarah Palin told the public exactly why she was resigning, yet the network went on and on flabergasted and appalled. Why not simply present what she said and not try to create scandals. If anything for the past 1.5 years this network and others have been angry at her, bashing her at every opportunity. Now why are you so upset that she has resigned? I's because it removes the well-worn mouse the cat has been playing with.

    July 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  4. Dave M

    Bill Bennett wants this whole Sanford thing to just go away because even though these sorts of scandles are not restricted only to Republicans ... they are the ones that stood on they soap boxes when Bill Clinton had his problem. SHAME ON THE WHOLE BUNCH... what a bunch of hypocrits.

    July 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Linda Farage

    People like Sanford, are some of the same idiots who run around against gay marriage saying it destroys the ideals of marriage. I think the straight people are doing a pretty good job of ruining the ideal of marriage for everyone. If marriage is what we see now, one out of two ends in divorce, why would anyone want to be married? Except for the legal benefits of marriage, I would never consider it, gay or straight.

    July 3, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  6. DAB

    Yes , he needs to step down and 99% of people in SC agree, he has made our whole state look stupid, please shut your mouth Mark. And now his wife can,t take him back even if she wanted to because of what he has said. She,s to good for him anyway.

    July 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  7. Brian

    If he had any respect for his wife, he would just shut up. Even now after totally humiliating her in the most attention drawing way, he continues to embarrass her by publicly airing his confession (assumably to somehow appease his conscience) with no consideration of her expense from it. I read a recent article about this remarkable woman. She can do much better than this clown. Good for her for not volunteering to be publically humiliated alongside him. I'd vote for her.

    July 2, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  8. nancy

    this guy just needs to resign. His wife would be foolish to take him back ~~ IMO. Guys like that will not stop having affairs. Besides that ~~ he's NO trip to Hollywood!

    July 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm |