Apology Round-Up: 2016 Presidential Race (so far)

It’s an election year and that means we get to think about the language of politicians—their vocabularies, vocal timbre, gestures, accents, metaphors, style, mistakes, and recoveries. I’m always on
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It’s an election year and that means we get to think about the language of politicians—their vocabularies, vocal timbre, gestures, accents, metaphors, style, mistakes, and recoveries. I’m always on the lookout for interesting apologies, and the 2016 election has not been a disappointment. Here’s a round-up of some apologies in the news from political figures running for president: First, the Republican candidates: In late February, after dropping out of the race, Jeb Bush told his financial backers in a conference call: “I’m sorry that it didn’t turn out the way that I intended.”  His comments were reported as an apology, but it was really more of a lament. He’s sorry it didn’t work out, but he’s not apologizing. Also in February, Marco Rubio was characterized as apologizing to his supporters for his weak debate and poor performance in the New Hampshire primary. Rubio said, “Our disappointment tonight is not on you — it’s on me.” Rubio takes responsibility here with. . .

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