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09/17/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jenny Sanford To Vogue : "I'd Like Somebody 5,000 Miles Away I Could E-Mail" (PHOTO)

South Carolina's first lady Jenny Sanford is profiled in Vogue's September issue, where she offers a pretty intimate glimpse into her feelings about her husband Mark's infidelity. Vogue isn't a particularly surprising venue for her considering she garnered praise for her post-affair fashion (see a slideshow here).

Excerpts from the interview and photo below.

On her and Mark's courtship:

“We weren’t madly in love, but we were compatible and good friends,” she says. “I like to think we balance each other out. I am a conservative at heart, but I’m not passionate about ideas like he is. I am better at making the trains run on time...At heart, I am an old-fashioned woman. If the Lord blessed me with children and family, I knew that would be my calling.”

On her husband's affair with Maria Belen Chapur:

"Over the course of both pastoral and marriage counseling, it became clear to me that he was just obsessed with going to see this woman. I have learned that these affairs are almost like an addiction to alcohol or pornography. They just can't break away from them."

On her own desire to escape:

"Everybody would like an escape sometimes. I'd like somebody 5,000 miles away I could E-mail. It's not exclusive to men, but I know that isn't realistic."

On how she feels sorry for her husband and his mistress:

What the world saw in that press conference is someone who is struggling. None of us are perfect. We are all trying to do the best we can. I also feel sorry for the other woman. I am sure she is a fine person. It can't be fun for her, though I do sometimes question her judgment...All I can do is pray for her because she made some poor choices. Mark made some poor choices."

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Jenny Sanford was photographed at the Sanford's Sullivan's Island beach house by Jonathan Becker for Vogue

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