Everyone was looking to see if Colbert Busch would bring up Sanford's embarrassing past, and she did - forcefully. “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.”
What's amusing was Sanford's repose: “I couldn’t hear what she said. Repeat it. I didn’t hear. I’m sorry.”
“Answer the question,” Colbert Busch replied.
“What was the question?” Sanford said, smiling. He went on to talk about the forced spending cuts known in Washington as the sequester.
Mark Sanford was asked about his vote in favor to impeach then Pres. Bill Clinton, and whether he would do the same again seen that he lied to people of South Carolina by saying he was hiking in Appalachian Trail while he was in fact visiting his mistress in Argentina. But Sanford again dodged the question. “I would say this: Do you think that President Clinton should be condemned for the rest of his life based on a mistake that he made in his life?”
Before the debates, polls had Colbert Busch beating Sanford by 9 points in a heavy conservative district.