Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is apologizing to generate controversial comments about attending a public hanging on a campaign event earlier this year.
She offered the apology during Tuesday’s debate with her Democrat challenger Mike Espy because the state counts right down to a November 26th runoff election.
“For anyone that has been offended by my comment, I certainly apologize,” she stated. “There was no ill will, no intent whatsoever.”
Senator Hyde-Smith explained how Democrats twisted madness of her words for political gain in a state largely seen Republican stronghold.
Democrat Mike Espy, left, challenges a fix from appointed U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., on their televised Mississippi U.S. Senate debate in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool)
Despite the apology, Espy’s campaign is wanting to utilize the comments against her.
“Well, no one twisted your comments, because comments were live, you realize, it came out of the mouth area — I don’t know what’s within your heart, but you know what came out of your mouth,” Espy said. “It went viral in the first three minutes around the globe and thus, it’s caused our state harm, it’s given our state another black eye we don’t need, it’s just rejuvenated old stereotypes that people don’t need much more.”
President Trump happen to be in Mississippi next Monday to campaign for Senator Hyde-Smith for the eve with the eagerly anticipated runoff election.