Friday, February 23, 2007

Strickland takes back his bigoted comments.

Politics: This guy is a piece of work.

COLUMBUS - Gov. Ted Strickland said yesterday he was frustrated that a recent comment to a reporter that he didn't want Iraqi refugees coming to Ohio had attracted national attention and criticism.

"This story has gone on for several days, almost as long as Anna Nicole Smith's death and burial or Britney Spears' bald head has occupied time and attention," he said after his comment triggered a series of newspaper editorials and a flurry of Internet blog activity.

USA Today called his comment "as thoughtless as it was heartless."

The Democratic governor said his comment was meant to be a criticism of President Bush's Iraq war policy, not a swipe at Iraqi refugees. The President has proposed bringing about 7,000 refugees to the United States.

"Ted Strickland is not going to stand at the borders of the state and try to turn away suffering people," said the governor.

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