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Rick Perry backtracks on 'heartless' comment

In an evening that Rick Perry stood out for the way he fell down during last week's Orlando debate, the Republican presidential candidate had one moment of clarity: When he said that people did not "have a heart" for opposing college tuition breaks for some children of illegal immigrants.

It was a strong statement from a governor who prides himself on strong statements.

No more, according to NewsMax: Presidential candidate Rick Perry on Wednesday apologized for saying that anyone who opposed giving tuition breaks to the children of illegal immigrants “did not have a heart.”

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, the Texas governor said he had made a poor choice of words during the Sept. 22 presidential debate, but he stood by his view that the decision in his state to extend tuition breaks was the right one.

“I was probably a bit over-passionate by using that word and it was inappropriate,” Perry admitted. “In Texas in 2001 we had 181 members of the legislature – only four voted against this piece of legislation – because it wasn’t about immigration it was about education.”