Mark Sanford redeems career, heading to Congress

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he thinks his record as a watchdog for taxpayers was more important than a personal redemption story after scandal as he was elected to Congress.

Sanford told NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday that his credentials as a conservative on federal spending played a bigger role in his victory over Democrat Elizabeth Colbert (KOHL'-buhrt) Busch in a special election.

Sanford again said he let many people down with the affair that tainted his second term as governor in 2009.

He said he's ready to work with Republicans, Democrats and independents to curb spending in Washington.

He received 54 percent of the vote in the election to replace Rep. Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate to replace the retired Sen. Jim DeMint.

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