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Friday, June 26, 2009

Candidate: Visa remark 'stupid'

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Republican senatorial candidate Curtis Coleman just can't quit that "another country" description for Southeast Arkansas. But in an interview with blogger Jason Tolbert, he says you can call his now nationally infamous remark stupid.

The phrase I used ’shots and a visa’ meant nothing more than I’m leaving the country.  I’m going to another country.”  Coleman said his first response when he saw the reports was “incredulity,” then he was “heartbroken” that this was interpreted as meaning southeast Arkansas is like a third world country. “Let’s call (the comment) stupid,” Coleman said. “It is a thousand more times more likely that I am stupid than I am racist.”  Coleman went on to discuss in detail his south Arkansas roots and connections.

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