On Monday, Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) attempted to dodge a backhanded question during his debate with Elizabeth Colbert Busch, his Democratic opponent in the upcoming May 7 special election for a House seat.
During their one and only debate, Colbert Busch was answering a question about state spending when she brought up the former governor’s extramarital affair. The former governor has admitted that, while in office in 2009, he snuck off to Argentina to have an affair with an Argentinean reporter.
The back-and-forth went like this:
Colbert Busch: When we talk about fiscal spending and we talk about protecting the taxpayers, it doesn't mean you take that money we saved and leave the country for a personal purpose.
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Moderator: She went there, Gov. Sanford.
Sanford: I couldn't hear what she said. Repeat it, I didn't hear it.
Colbert Busch: Answer the question.
Sanford: What was the question?
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After asking about the question, Sanford then launched into a tangent on sequestration.
Sanford’s affair is undoubtedly hurting him in the polls, as even his own National Republican Congressional Committee is refusing to support him. Plus, as a recent Huffington Post article reported, Colbert Busch is gaining a significant lead over her opponent.
Colbert Busch, sister of Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert political satirist, has raised over $874,000 so far, and is leading by a solid 9 points in the polls.