In an interview with the Associated Press, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was "teary-eyed" when he "admitted he met with his mistress in the Hamptons and New York City, describing...the details of encounters that he said stretch back to 2001." In fact, Sanford gets all The Bridges of Madison County about it, "I was frightened and I was scared, and I knew the consequences. This was a whole lot more than a simple affair. This was a love story. A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day." While he met mistress Maria Belen Chapur in Uruguay in 2001, they met again in 2004 at a NYC cafe—while he was in town for the 2004 Republican Convention—"It was like catching up with a great, old friend. I remember there was an older couple sitting to our right, and I remember them watching us, in the way that we interacted. They could see a spark." Sanford didn't speculate about his 20-year marriage but did say, "I will be able to die knowing that I had met my soul mate."