Mark Sanford not looking back as SC primary approaches

Charleston, SC (AP) - Had things gone differently, it might have been Mark Sanford's week with the South Carolina presidential primary looming.

The former governor was once a rising Republican star and mentioned as a 2012 presidential contender. But his political future was shattered almost three years ago when he acknowledged an affair with an Argentine woman.

On Thursday, Sanford was speaking about one of his passions -- the need to get the nation's financial house in order.

He says friends from across the state and nation have told him that he might have been on the ballot this week and favored in the primary. But Sanford says you can't look back in life too much or you'll go crazy. What might have been, he says, is not something he's focused on.

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