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Vincent Sheheen: “Garbled Words” Caused Nikki Haley “Whore” Comment

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DEMOCRAT ADDRESSES CONTROVERSIAL REMARK … POORLY 

By FITSNEWS || S.C. Senator Vincent Sheheen – the Democratic nominee for governor of South Carolina – told a Charleston, S.C. radio host he did not call “Republican” incumbent Nikki Haley a whore, but rather “garbled his words” at a recent campaign event.

“You had what I might call a Freudian slip,” radio host Bryan Crabtree observed in welcoming Sheheen to his show on WQSC-AM radio on Monday morning.

Um … ya think?

“People are saying you called the governor a whore … was that what you intended when you were speaking?” Crabtree asked Sheheen.

“Listen, sometimes when you’re speaking five to ten times a day, your words get a little bit garbled,” Sheheen answered. “Uh. When they get garbled, and it does happen to me – I go back and say exactly what I meant, and you heard in that clip that I meant ‘her’ – h.e.r.”

“You did correct yourself pretty quickly,” Crabtree observed.

“Yeah. And you know, listen. My mom’s around, I can promise you I don’t use that word, the word that you people are claiming that I used,” Sheheen added. “I don’t use it in private, I don’t use it in public — but if anybody heard wrong, and certainly my words were garbled, then you know I apologize. Because I don’t want to send that message to anybody.”

(Listen to the exchange HERE).

Wow …

So it’s “you people” and “garbled words” and bad hearing on the part of his listeners?

Sheesh …

Sheheen’s slip (and the extended laughter from the candidate that followed it) went totally unreported by the state’s mainstream media.  It was picked up by a handful of national outlets, though, ostensibly due to the enterprising work of one political operative.

Now it’s turning into a process story about how Democratic candidates can say pretty much anything they want and get away with it …

“The press’s willingness to ignore Sheheen’s slur is inexcusable — and all too typical,” the website Newsbusters noted.

We agree …

Of all people we’re not disputing the accuracy of Sheheen’s comment … just its efficacy.  Of course he hasn’t made a right move this entire campaign.

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