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Report Corrected: He Didn't Say It. Exciting New Messaging From The GOP: Mitt Romney Is A Racist
UPDATED With "Obviously Racist" Quote From GOP Platform
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August 16, 2013

RNC Responds To Priebus Quote. Says He Never Said "Racist"
Source Of Quote Corrects

I emailed Raffi Williams at the RNC for clarification about the "self-deportation" is "Obviously racist" quote.

He sends this transcript of Priebus' remarks.

RP: I dont know about a mistake, but I would just say some of those issues are very candidate focused. I mean I would say using the word "self deportation" . I mean, that's a horrific comment to make. Its not something that has anything to do with our party. Someone who makes those comments obviously is HURTS us. So I don't think that's a big deal. But obviously building genuine, authentic relationships take time...

Emphasis mine.

That's a hell of a misquote if that's what happened.

I'll check to see if Business Insider has issued a retraction yet but I wanted to get the RNC's statement up as quickly as possible.

Update: Business Insider appends a correction to their story.

=Correction, 12:26 p.m. ET: An original version of this story said that Reince Priebus referred to Mitt Romney's comments as "racist." He said it "hurts us."

That's a hell of misquote. I mean, it's not like "hurts us' sounds like "racist".

I still like to know why "self-deportation" is "horrific" when it's part of the party platform.






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