In Major Turnaround, Trump Admits Regrets
He says some remarks have caused pain
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2016 4:51 AM CDT
Donald Trump after the Thursday night speech.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – In a development that may have had some onlookers scanning the sky for flying pigs, Donald Trump expressed regret Thursday night for things he has said. "Sometimes in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that," he told a rally in Charlotte, NC, per the AP. "And believe it or not, I regret it. I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues," he said, reading from a teleprompter. He promised that he would always tell the truth—and called on Hillary Clinton to apologize for "one lie after another."

The speech was the first since Trump's campaign shake-up and was a stunning turnaround after more than a year of constant feuds, reports the Washington Post. Clinton's campaign called on Trump to be more specific about his regrets. Trump "literally started his campaign by insulting people," spokeswoman Christina Reynolds said in a statement. "He has continued to do so through each of the 428 days from then until now, without shame or regret. We learned tonight that his speechwriter and teleprompter knows he has much for which he should apologize." The AP reports that in another campaign shift, Trump spent $5 million Thursday on TV ad space in battleground states.