- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Presidential candidate Donald Trump says he was talking about GOP campaign rival Carly Fiorina’s “persona, not her looks” in published remarks seen by some as critical of her appearance.

Trump was asked about remarks attributed to him in a Rolling Stone cover story, which was published online Wednesday. It describes an incident in which the billionaire real estate mogul and his staffers are watching TV news. When Fiorina appears on camera, Trump says, “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that. Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”

In a phone-in interview Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Trump acknowledged he “probably did say something like that.” But he said, “I’m talking about persona, not about looks,” saying he spoke “in a jocular manner.”

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