- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Rebuffed once, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is making a second bid to use $700 million in federal stimulus cash for debt payments _ this time for school construction.

The Republican governor’s request to the White House Tuesday comes a day after the Obama administration told Sanford the cash is intended to spare jobs and educate children. The administration denied permission to use the money to pay down other state obligations.

Sanford’s new request seeks approval to use federal cash to repay $577 million in school bonds. He says the cash would free up millions in debt payments. The rest would be used to repay other debt.

Sanford’s letter reiterates criticism of Democrats for airing ads in South Carolina slamming him for his stimulus plans.

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