“I have experienced how none of us go through life without mistakes,” Sanford says in the ad. “But in their wake, we can learn a lot about grace, a God of second chances and be the better for it. In that light, I humbly step forward and ask for your help in changing Washington.”
Sanford is a former congressman and is running for his old seat in South Carolina’s first district. In 2009, he admitted to an affair with a Argentine woman, Maria Belen Chapur — to whom he is now engaged — after disappearing mysteriously over Father’s Day weekend.