June 23rd, 2009
08:29 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Governor Takes a Hike

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/23/south.carolina.governor.hiking/art.mark.sanford.gi.jpg caption= "Gov. Mark Sanford was hiking along the Appalachian Trail, a spokesman said late Monday."]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Aides for South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford say they're stunned by all the fuss over his mysterious five-day disappearance. They say he's been hiking along the Appalachian Trail. But not everyone is buying the explanation.

Sanford is expected back in the office in Columbia, South Carolina tomorrow. Though, there are lingering questions. For one, aides are not saying where Stanford was on the 2,175-mile trail and whether his security detail was traveling with him. The trail goes thru 14 states, but not South Carolina.

The governor skipped out on Father's Day with his four sons. His wife even said yesterday she had no idea where he was over the weekend.

We sent 360's David Mattingly to South Carolina to dig deeper into this story. He'll have the latest on the governor's mysterious travels tonight on AC360°. David spoke to the state's first lady, Jenny Sanford, today after waiting for hours outside their family beach house. CLICK HERE for details on their conversation.

Stanford's supporters say it's not unusual for him to take off and be by himself at the end of the state's legislative session.

What do you think of the governor's disappearance? Fair or foul? Share your thoughts below.

Tonight, we'll also have the latest developments from Iran. Today at a White House news conference, Pres. Obama toughened his talk aimed at Tehran. He said he was "appalled" over the beatings of protesters. Some Republicans have criticized him for not be move vocal in support of the demonstrators. We'll look at that and the role woman are playing in uprising.

Joins us for these stories and much more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Gary Chandler in Canada

    what about freedom of movement?
    in America, serial killers have it, but not Governors!?

    June 24, 2009 at 12:12 am |
  2. William Green

    'Hey" cooper, what in the world has happened to our sence of freedom , i mean there putting this govenor on trial for getting away to him self to think and comtemplate the issuses facing his state, dosent he have the right to do that in the united states of america, without having to consult any body, his wife was clearly not worried or concerned , maybe she felt he needed to get away to, sounds like these people want to place him in a police state cause hes govenor, whers our liberties going? just a thought.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  3. Jose

    Lets wait until tomorrow when the governor shows up and hear his side.

    It's enough that the President has spoken. He should not listen to those people who wanted him to get belligerent and then
    we get another Nokor-like response.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  4. Alice

    Imagine him as President,. things get stressful he takes a hike. The man does not belong in politics, he would even have a hard time in many other private sector jobs that are as demanding. I'm not so sure we have the real story. When I first heard of it, I thought maybe some kind of rehab. Worth looking into.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Tonda

    I feel that we should do our best to support any human being /culture that has stepped up and spilled blood to gain the freedom that we have.
    The Iranians want freedom, just like us. I am not saying invade and takeover, but show support by insisting that the government stop killing people for fighting for the very same freedom we have.
    The Iranians ARE actively trying to obtain freedom. I know if I were Iranian and wanted freedom like I hear about in America, I would be hoping and praying that somehow a miracle would occur and I would see the Americans coming.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    I think its the Governor's business. When members of my family hike the trail they don't leave a detailed itinerary with me; the trail is so long that it would be difficult to – some days you go further than other days so all you could do is estimate anyway. And missing Father's Day – I have kids and Fathers and Mother's day is no big deal to us – just a commercialized holiday like so many others. We have a nice dinner but nothing much over that. Some people don't celebrate all the holidays.

    The wife probably has a way to contact him in case of an emergency. But why tell the press that – the governor according to what they have said was going to de-stress – you don't want the press showing up for that. The press is probably making too big a fuss over this. If he doesn't show up or someone finds him murdered or something then there would be a story – right now its just a government employee taking a few days vacation. Lets move on to real news.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  7. idaho beef

    this is a case of a republican governor who just doesn't want to do his job properly. he complains about how barack obama is into himself too much, but when it comes to the people of south carolina, the current governor is not there for the people, he's more into himself than he is into his job. he needs to resign...

    June 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Lampe

    maybe his wife decided it was no ones business where her husband was at, and just said that to shut everybody up? What was Obama doing on Father's Day? Did he stay at home all day? Or did he workout for a while, or did he play a round of Golf? If he didn't stay at home all day does that make him a bad father? And, if not, WHY NOT?

    June 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  9. Jason

    There is more to this story then you think. I bet you there will not be allot of information on this incident and very soon all of this will be forgotten.
    Go figure.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  10. Isabel, Brazil

    Evening, Maureen!

    President Obama increased the tone of the criticism against Iran. It makes more sense.

    The tyranny of the Iranian government reminds me of the Chinese tyranny in the episode of Heavenly Peace Square. Only that without internet, mobile and Twitter.

    Occidental countries are requesting to respect to act of the people express their nonconformity with no more deaths or arrests.

    The Islamic world needs to understand better the value and benefits of freedom, and not only understand the inconvenience it may cause. It is better to live in a free world, where there is diversity of ideas and debate, even at the risk of making mistakes, suffer slander and slander; than live in a world without the right to critical and evolution. Freedom is the master-spring of human development and evolution, the strength of ideas is more effective than force of arms.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  11. Lori from IL

    Stanford's disappearance is just plain bizarre and wrong on so many levels.

    Aside from the whole Gov. issue - a husband goes away and his wife doesn't know where - something wrong in that relationship. Skips out on his kids on Father's Day - says a lot about what kind of father he may be. What is something had happened to one of his kids or his wife - she couldn't even contact him and apparently he didn't care. Not my idea of loving/family relationships.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:34 pm |