Sanford, Colbert Busch square off in SC debate


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch have begun a spirited debate in the race for the state's vacant 1st Congressional District seat.

Sanford, a Republican, stressed his efforts to rein in spending. Colbert Busch reminded Sanford that he used taxpayer funds to "leave the country for a personal purpose" — referring to the extramarital affair with an Argentine woman he had while governor. Sanford didn't respond.

Colbert Busch cited her business experience Monday night and criticized Sanford for voting in Congress against harbor dredging and building a higher bridge for the Port of Charleston. He countered that she must not have been too bothered by it too because she gave $500 to his gubernatorial campaign.

The Democrat responded that Sanford had told her he supported trade and dredging. She then turned to him and said, "You didn't tell the truth."

The special election is May 7.

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