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I think that Sanford won't be hurt if the governor is able to provide verification that he was in Argentina on a standard vacation. If his staff simply was operating on out-of-date information when they said he was hiking in the United States, then most Republicans will conclude that the media was making an Appalachian mountain out of a molehill. It also would help if he can demonstrate that there was a way for his staff to contact him in the event of an emergency.
On the other hand, if it turns out that he wasn't in Argentina (which some are suggesting) or that he was engaged in some sort of nefarious activity, even conservatives who don't trust the media will have to take notice.
We'll know more after the governor's press conference this afternoon.
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