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-- The State newspaper, of Columbia, reported Wednesday morning that Gov.

Mark Sanford was in Argentina during his absence and not hiking, as aides had said.Sanford has been missing for five days and speculations surrounded the disappearance until Monday night when his aides released a statement saying that the Republican governor was hiking along the Appalachian Trail to �recharge� after a difficult legislative session.On Tuesday, Sanford�s staff told the media that he was �taken aback� by the amount of attention his trip received and that he would return to the office on Wednesday.On Wednesday morning, The State newspaper said that its reporter caught up with Sanford at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta.

According to the newspaper, Sanford said he was in Buenos Aries, Argentina during his trip and not hiking.Sanford's spokesman Joel Sawyer declined to comment Wednesday morning to The Associated Press.

Sanford's critics are slamming his administration for lying to the public.Lt.


Andre Bauer talked with Stephanie Maxwell and Dan Bubany about Sanford�s disappearance during The Morning News on Wednesday.Bauer said that he is shock at the amount of media attention Sanford�s trip has garnered.

He said that the governor deserves time off just like anyone else.

He said the problem lies in the fact that it was difficult to reach Sanford during his trip.�I don�t fault the governor on this,� Bauer said.

�I fault his staff.

His staff has got to have a better line of communication with the governor.�Some state lawmakers have been critical of Sanford saying that his disappearance raises constitutional questions.�To simply leave the state like this for days is alarming,� said Sen.

David Thomas.

�It is a very upsetting for a number of security reasons.�Other state lawmakers said that they believe Sanford�s trip is being blown out of proportion.�When I saw some of the ones that were making the loudest noise about him being gone, my goodness, you would�ve thought it was President Obama who had left,� said Sen.

Mike Fair.

�This isn�t 1860 and I don�t think we are getting ready to succeed.�According to Sanford�s aides, the governor will talk to the media about his trip at 2 p.m.

on Wednesday.

FOX Carolina has a crew in Columbia and will carry the press conference live on air and online.Copyright 2009 by

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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