Live blogging Mark Sanford's weird press conference
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ORR: Now he's apologizing to people of faith.
SANFORD: "There are moral absolutes and God's law is there to protect you from yourself. There are consequences. This press conference is a consequence."
Here's the bombshell
SANFORD: "I've been unfaithful to my wife. I developed a relationship with someone who was a dear, dear friend from Argentina. It began very innocently as I suspect things like this do in a casual email.
SANFORD: "But over the last year it developeded into something much more. I hurt her. I hurt you all. I hurt my wife. I hurt my boys. I hurt Tom Davis. I hurt a lot of folks.
SANFORD: "All I can say is that I apologize. I would ask for y'alls zone of privacy -- more for my kids."
ORR: After this long windup, I guess you could expect this. Sanford is now announcing his resignation from Republican Governors Association.
First question: Are you separated from the First Lady?
SANFORD: "I don't know how you answer that. I'm here. She's there."
ORR: Terrible answer.
Second question: Did your wife know about the trip to Argentina?
SANFORD: "We;ve been working through this for five months."
KARR: I'm surprised that he is taking questions. This is jaw-dropping, even in today's times. He keeps saying, "believe it or not." I guess he understands that many people don't believe him right now.
Third question: Only time you've been unfaithful?
Fourth question: Did you break it off?
ORR: As far as we can tell, the governor didn't answer this question. Here's what he said:
SANFORD: "I met this person eight years ago very innocently. We struck up a conversation. I am not justifying. What I did was wrong. We ended up in a conversation about why she should get back with her husband. We had an incredibly earnest conversation. At the end of it, we swapped emails. It began on just a casual basis."
ORR: He's not answering the question
SANFORD: "We developed a remarkable relationship over the years. A year ago it sparked into something more. I've seen her three times during the sparking thing."
ORR: [Sparking thing will be a new catchphrase]
SANFORD: "You absolutely want resolution. I spent the last five days crying in Argentina."
ORR: Are you serious?
Last question: Did you mislead your staff about where you were?
SANFORD: We talked about this. I said the Appalachian Trail was a possibility. They went on the original information I gave the scheduler.
[He didn't answer the question].
KARR: "The press in SC wants to know if the Sanford staff purposely lied to them or just didn't know the truth. Oh boy I am glad NOT to be on his staff today."
The press conference has concluded.
KARR: "The apologies got a bit much, but obviously they were necessary. His low-key candor is appealing, I have to admit, and I am not a fan of the governor.
"Because of the way he has acted in the governor's office, one easily leapt to the conclusion that he was merely being a flake. Now, one has to think about him just a differently -- but that doesn't mean that he has much of a political future.