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Haley disappointed, willing to hear out Sanford

Rep. Nikki Haley, R-Lexington, issued the following statement Wednesday on Gov. Mark Sanford.

Haley, a Sanford ally, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

"For the past five years I have worked with Mark Sanford trying to restructure our backward system of government and make our state more accountable and taxpayer-friendly. During that time I have also been fortunate to know Jenny, and have developed a tremendous admiration and respect for her. In the context of those two things, there are no words to describe the disappointment I feel over the revelations of the past week.

The people of South Carolina have heard enough about the governor’s personal life. We do not need to hear any more of that. What we do need to hear from the governor is an explanation as to how he can lead our state going forward. He has a responsibility to outline what he wants to accomplish over the next 18 months and how he intends to accomplish it.

I remain willing to listen to that case, but if he cannot make it convincingly, then he must move on."