He should have made this statement last week. It’s strong. He doesn’t mince words. He acknowledges his error and doesn’t try to pass the blame onto others. And admits he hasn’t been telling the truth.
“I haven’t,” the Democrats says, “told the truth and have done things I deeply regret.” He calls what he did a “terrible mistake”, calls it a “very dumb thing to do.” Acknowledges it was “destructive” and repeatedly says he accepts responsibility, that he has harmed his wife and family. Calls it his own “deep weakness.”
Had he offered this statement last week, people might be more disposed to forgive him. Right now, however, we have the question not whether or not he truly regrets his actions or he regrets that he got caught.
RELATED: R.S. McCain is also covering the Democrat’s presser.
UPDATE: He even apologizes to Andrew Breitbart (who comes off today, as Charlie Sheen might put, as the day’s big winner).
UP-UPDATE: Just a thought. He might have served himself better had he made his statement and then not taken questions. Some of these questions are just, well, inappropriate.
UP-UP-UPDATE: Calls its a “deep personal failure”, but says he never met any of the women in question nor has he had sex outside his relationship. And says he’s not making any excuses for his behavior, repeats that he did a dumb thing and “lied about it.”
UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: Yes, he’s right, his wife does deserve better than this. And he acknowledges that denying this made it “worse.”
SPECIAL UPDATE at 4:51 PM EST. Get off the stage, Anthony. You’ve said all you need to say. One minute later, he takes my advice.
UP-UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: Lis Wiehl on Cavuto saying that if he admits responsibility, he should resign. Because he lied to his constituents.