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Obama: I "Probably" Should Have Said "Opponents" Instead of "Enemies"

8:06 PM, Nov 1, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Via Marc Ambinder, Obama kinda sorta walks back the "enemies" part of his "punish our enemies" line from last week (not the "punish" part, mind you):

And you know, it's interesting right now, there was a -- I had a conversation with a Hispanic radio outlet, Univision, and during the course of that conversation, one of the things that I had to say to the Latino community, which is frustrated that we haven't seen progress on immigration reform, was that they can't sit out of this election.  There were arguments being made that because Democrats hadn't gotten this done, that Latinos should vote against Democrats or just sit out the election.

And I said, well, you can't punish your friends when  -- the folks who've been supporting it.  Now, I did also say if you're going to punish somebody, punish your enemies, and I probably should have used the word, "opponents" instead of enemies.  Now the Republicans are saying that I'm calling them enemies.  What I'm saying is you're an opponent of this particular provision, comprehensive immigration reform, which is something very different.

So, you know, he "probably" shouldn't have said "enemies." As in: "We [probably] are not enemies, but [sometimes] friends. We [probably] must not be enemies."

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