Rep. Mark Sanford Speaks About 'Moral Issue’

By Penny Starr | June 14, 2013 | 3:01pm EDT

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference on June 14, 2013 in Washington, D.C. ( Starr)

( – Newly elected Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) referenced his “failures” and said the overspending in Washington was “a moral issue” in a speech Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C.

“Historically, bad things have happened when you spend too much,” Sanford said, adding that government overspending threatens democracy. “And I think it’s a moral issue, because it’s the ultimate case of taxation without representation when you have systematically at a government level basically taking from young to afford benefits to old.

“So I think it’s a moral issue,” Sanford said.

“We are at a tipping point the likes of which we have never seen, and what I would say is that in many ways I recognize the ways in which I am unworthy of offering my opinion or my perspective on a whole host of things given my failures in 2009,” Sanford said.

Sanford said he believed in a “God of second chances” and told conference attendees that conservatives should “focus on spending” as they make campaign plans for the 2014 mid-term election.

Sanford said government overspending would have “incredible implications in terms of the American way of life and the dreams that it has historically afforded unless we get this thing right.”

Sanford did not provide any ideas for stopping federal spending in his remarks.

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