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Gov. Mark Sanford tries to regain control of government

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Embattled South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford moved to regain control of his government Friday, assembling his Cabinet for a 40-minute meeting to discuss stimulus spending and hurricane preparedness. But Sanford rebutted calls from local lawmakers and some Republican officials to resign.

In his first public appearance since admitting on Wednesday that he was having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina and had deceived his staff and the public about his whereabouts, Sanford said: "I'm just trying to survive the day. That's what I'm trying to do.

"I go back to this larger voyage we're all on, and so you take everything a day at a time," Sanford told reporters. The governor said he would not "say anything definitive" about serving out the remainder of his term, "but my hunch would be that it's a good example, with regard to my boys, that if you fall down in life, you can get back up."

Sanford apologized to members of his Cabinet for "letting you down."

Sanford, 49, a rising star once considered a possible presidential candidate, said he remains committed to serving South Carolina's 4.5 million citizens, adding, "With or without me doing right on a given day or doing wrong on a given day, those responsibilities still exist."

Gov. Mark Sanford tries to regain control of government 06/26/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 26, 2009 9:36pm]

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