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(CNN) - Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin apologized Tuesday for any misunderstanding that resulted when she referred last week to the patriotic values of "the real America" and the "pro-America areas of this great nation."
Democrats and others immediately criticized Palin, alleging she was saying that some part of the country are more patriotic than others.
Palin denied that was her intention in an interview with CNN on Tuesday.
"I don't want that misunderstood," Palin said. "If that's the way it came across, I apologize."
Speaking at a fund-raiser in North Carolina, the Alaska governor said: "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation."
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Palin also said Tuesday that Sen. Joe Biden's comment that as president, Sen. Barack Obama would face an international crisis within six months of taking office points to the dangers of electing a relatively inexperienced person.
"We need to thank Joe for the warning," Palin told CNN's Drew Griffin.
She made similar comments earlier Tuesday at a rally in Reno, Nevada.
At a fundraiser Sunday night, Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, said that after taking office, "it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. ... We're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."
His point, according to an Obama-Biden statement issued later, was that "we need steady leadership in tumultuous times, not ... the stubborn ideology of John McCain."
Why'd it take her so long to apologize for an insulting comment like that? Was she too proud? Was she afraid apologizing would be a sign of weakness? Honsetly, she has nothing to lose.
What she really means is if you are a right wing republican like her you are "Pro-America". I am not so I guess I am just an awful American.
Everything that comes out of this woman's mouth is a political statement. The only reason she is sorry for it is because people who live in cities where there are a lot of voters took offense.
She also says she is criticized because of her religion. It's not her religion, which is a christian religion, it's that she's not behaving very christian by stirring hate and division and we all know that actions speak louder than words.
At least she apologized...
SARAH HAS A LOT MORE TO APOLOGIZE FORE. AND
BCBUSH SHOULD APOLOGIZE FOR PICKING HER AS VP.
BOTH HAVE BECOME A NATIONAL DISGRACE.
The Republicans and the Bigot Newscasters (Bill O'Reilly) wanted to LYNCH Michelle Obama because she was proud of America because of the present environment that has allowed an African American to come this far .
With due respect to Palin's attributes, Thank God that thinking Americans both Democrats and Republicans will not vote for McCain because of Gov. Palin.
Knowing his past, I hope that he did not select her because WELL she is awfully pretty.
Caribou Barbie is HOT!
This woman is a joke, she truly feels the way she sounds. Just look at her friendship with the Alaskian Independent Group, she wants to separate Alaska from the U.S., now she's saying that small towns are pro-America and everyone else is anti-america, save the apologize.
"sorry if..." is not an apology. That speaks volumes about the woman's character.
The crowds are at the Palin rallies not to support her, but for the
spectacle of it all.
Palin is not just a loose cannon – she is incredibly intolerant of people who do not agree with her extreme point of view. This is a very dangerous politician.
Will she apologize for calling Obama a socialist?
Especially in light of the recent Republican-initiated $700B (socialist) bailout for which McCain suspended his campaign to support.