Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer called on embattled Gov. Mark Sanford to step down today and renewed his pledge to bow out of the 2010 gubernatorial race should Sanford resign within a month or so.
Sanford responded by saying he would not leave office even though it might be the "personally appealing" thing to do.
"I will not be railroaded out," Sanford said in an afternoon news conference where Sanford read from his letter, took shots at the media and did not take questions from reporters.
Bauer, in a letter to Sanford, said "we have reached a point where we ALL must put the best interests of the people of South Carolina ahead of personal or political interests. It is my opinion that the best interests of our people can no longer be served with your current administration."
Sanford accused those who are asking him to resign of playing politics to score points with voters.
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