During tonight's debate, Stephen Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, criticized ex-Gov. Mark Sanford's policies as a member of Congress. Mr. Sanford pointed out that she contributed to his post-congressional campaign for governor, so "I don't think it must have bothered her that much."
Rainier Ehrhardt / AP
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, trying to resurrect a political career, and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch traded verbal jabs during spirited exchanges Monday night in their only scheduled debate in the race for the state's vacant 1st Congressional District seat.
With eight days to go before the May 7 special election, Sanford stressed his efforts to rein in spending as a three-term member of Congress and as a two-term governor. The Republican noted that he was the first governor in the nation to turn back economic stimulus funds.
But Colbert Busch reminded Sanford that he once used taxpayer funds to "leave the country for a personal purpose" — referring to the extramarital affair with an Argentine woman he had while governor. Sanford remarked that he didn't hear the response and asked to have the question repeated.
"Answer the question," Colbert Busch chimed in.
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