- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2016

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he misspoke when he referred to “colored people” during a recent speech in Savannah, but he is standing by his overall message.

The Republican made the remark last month before the Technical College System of Georgia educators while he argued in favor of his Opportunity School District proposal.

“The irony of some of the groups who are opposing doing something to help these minority children is beyond my logic,” Mr. Deal said Oct. 3. “If you want to advance the state of colored people, start with their children.”

Mr. Deal admitted to a local Fox News affiliate on Wednesday that he misspoke when he used the outdated phrase. He explained that he was actually referring to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or the NAACP, which has spoken out against the proposal.

“I did not mean to insult anyone, but I was upset,” the governor said. “I think I misspoke in that I didn’t use the entire name of the organization. I don’t think I misspoke in terms of where I think they should be on this issue.”

Mr. Deal said the amendment can turn around struggling schools and help poor and minority children get of poverty.

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