"It was awful for me to watch my husband come back and pine about his 'soul mate,' and days spent crying in Argentina. It was awful to watch the implosion of his career that really began right there at that press conference, in many respects," she said. "It was awful to think that the world now, you know, was watching this about us and our marriage. It was awful from the political standpoint, because he really should've, should've stopped talking at a certain point. I mean, it was awful on so many levels."
The final blow to the marriage according to Sanford was a series of racy e-mails between the governor and his lover that were printed in South Carolina newspapers after the press conference.
"He talks about her tan lines and parts of her body in the emails ... nothing, nothing you ever want your children to read on the Web," she said.
Her three sons read the notes, which she said devastated them.
"Their world's been turned upside-down as well. It is something that is now a part of their lives. ... They're not happy. They're not proud. ... It just ripped me up, to see them reading these emails, and to see them have to grow up so fast."
Sanford's divorce will be final later this month, and she said she's ready to put the past behind her.
"I could go through for the rest of my life, you know, what went wrong, or where did it go wrong, and I don't know that I'll ever come up with the answer," she said. "I would say that I have acted honorably in our marriage. And I've been the best wife I can be. But now I'm looking forward to whatever comes next."