COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford does not shy away from the scandal that consumed the end of his second term in his first television ad for the 1st District congressional race.
Sanford opens the 30-second advertisement talking about how he fought to cut government spending and reduce debt.
He then switches to the scandal. In 2009 in the middle of his second term, Sanford headed to Argentina to see his mistress without telling his family or anyone in the administration or elsewhere in state government. Reporters and others were told he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. The trip and its aftermath led to his divorce.
"More recently, I've experienced how none of us go through life without mistakes," Sanford said 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 and the woman he went to see in Argentina and later called his "soul mate," Maria Belen Chapur, became engaged last summer.
Sanford's campaign said the ad began running on cable channels in the coastal 1st District on Monday, and will run on broadcast channels in the district starting next week.
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