Responds to criticism over San Francisco statements in interview with North Carolina’s Winston-Salem Journal:
“If I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that. The underlying truth of what I said remains, which is simply that people who have seen their way of life upended because of economic distress are frustrated and rightfully so.” Full excerpt here.
And: Strategist David Axelrod reiterated candidate’s regret in media call, also turned the criticism on Clinton, McCain, accusing them of not recognizing economic frustration in working class.
He says: “Both Senator McCain and Senator Clinton seem to deny that…it makes you wonder whether they’re taking lines from the Washington playbook or if they are actually out there talking to people.”
Campaign also lashes back in written statement citing Bosnia, lobbyist ties, and other Clinton vulnerabilities that have nothing to do with what Obama said. Read full statement here.
Earlier: In Muncie, Indiana Saturday, Obama admits he “didn’t say it as well as I should have,” maintains there is bitterness because people don’t feel they are being listened to. Read full remarks here and watch video above.
Plus: Politico lists 12 reasons why “bitter” is bad for Obama.
More: Video, pictures of fundraiser where Obama made the original statements emerge. Take a look here.