Disgraced Politician Mark Sanford: 'I Worry That I Am Unworthy'

Mark Sanford, Donald Trump appearances at conference for social conservatives greeted with skepticism.

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Sanford can't seem to escape attacks on the extramarital affair that derailed his political career, which he hopes to revive in a special congressional election that is now a week away. (Rainier Ehrhardt/AP)
Sanford can't seem to escape attacks on the extramarital affair that derailed his political career, which he hopes to revive in a special congressional election that is now a week away. (Rainier Ehrhardt/AP)

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-SC, who was elected to Congress last month after resigning as governor of South Carolina in 2009 over an extramarital affair, struck a repentant tone as he spoke before hundreds of social conservatives in Washington Friday.

"I worry that I am unworthy of giving my opinion and my perspective ... given my own failures," he said. Sanford said he initially declined the chance to speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual conference when asked by the group's founder, evangelical leader Ralph Reed. But Sanford decided to accept because he "believed in the God of second chances," he said.

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"For that reason, I humbly and respectfully step forward," he told delegates, who greeted him with stony silence.

Donald Trump, who is slated to headline the conference's gala Friday night, was greeted with similar skepticism.

"What's he going to talk about, marital bliss?" political analyst Larry Sabato told Whispers.

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