“I deeply regret the mistake [.] When we make errors we own them. This one really hurts because it went viral, ”hecontinued, going on to post Buttigieg’s full remarks, corrected.
Buttigieg replied to Halper’s messages less than an hour later,tweetingthat he appreciated “this reporter’s swift and honest correction of a misquote on my views of ”the Obama presidency.
“From health care to DADT repeal to the rescue of the auto industry, my appreciation of the great leadership of Barack Obama comes from a very personal place,” he wrote.
Lis Smith, a senior communications adviser on the Buttigieg campaign, also weighed in on the correction Monday, praising her boss’ response.
“Pete is unfailingly gracious- even to those who misquote and attack him in bad faith. This is what a President looks like, ”shetweeted.
The initial misquote by Halper attracted significant attention on social media in the hours since his story published, with liberal Twitter users interpreting the inaccurate comment as a shocking rebuke of the most recent Democratic president.
Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, who is also competing for the party’s nomination in 2020, had seized on the quote to bludgeon Buttigieg online, but retracted his attack Monday.
“I have deleted a tweet responding to a quote from @PeteButtigieg that a reporter now recognizes is inaccurate,” hetweeted. “The reporter has now issued a correction, and I regret that the original was spread widely.”
Smith on Mondaytweetedout the transcript and audio of the questioning related to the error, andapplaudedthe campaign’s “hard-working staff that work to document and transcribe all those recordings” between the candidate and reporters.
“To everyone who used one quote to jump all over @PeteButtigieg, I look forward to your corrections,” shewrote