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Gov. Sanford: It's time to get back to work

GREER, SC (AP) - Gov. Mark Sanford says it's time for him to put aside discussions of his extramarital affair and get back to work governing the people of South Carolina.

Sanford told reporters at a news conference Tuesday that he had made a mistake and was working to repair his relationship with his wife.

Several supporters welcomed the Republican with applause. The stop at a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Greer was Sanford's first public appearance since he called his Argentine mistress his "soul mate" during lengthy interviews with The Associated Press.

Sanford says he has been spending time with his family. The couple took a trip together last week, and Sanford says they will travel again later this week with their four sons.

Meanwhile, more people than usual are requesting a face-to-face chat with Gov. Sanford following his confession to the extramarital affair.

Sanford's "Open Door after 4" meetings with constituents Tuesday are the first since he returned last month from a mysterious disappearance to reveal a yearlong affair with an Argentine woman.

Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer says the governor has appointments with 19 people. He says 11 more couldn't fit into the schedule.

Sawyer says callers aren't asked why they want to chat.

He says the governor typically makes 15 appointments, though they have ranged from ten to 30.

The five-minute meetings follow Sanford's appearance in Greer to talk about his opposition to the federal law that requires states to issue driver's licenses that meet new security mandates.  

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