Would not play dutiful wife, Sanford says

Dec. 9, 2009 at 5:47 PM
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COLUMBIA, S.C., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Jenny Sanford would not have stood by her husband's side as the South Carolina governor publicly admitted to having an affair -- even if asked to, she said.

In an interview with Barbara Walters, Sanford talked about breaking political "tradition" by not standing by his side at a press conference as he admitted to being unfaithful, ABC reported Wednesday.

"I wouldn't have. If he had asked me, I would have said no," she said. The governor did not ask, she added.

In June, Gov. Sanford admitted to visiting his lover in Argentina and lying to his staff about his whereabouts.

In the interview airing Wednesday, Jenny Sanford told Walters she found out about the affair in January, and moved out of their house a few weeks before the scandal became public, ABC said.

When her husband referred to his mistress as his "soul mate," Sanford said, "it hurt."

Sanford has written a memoir, "Staying True," due in April 2010.

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