Still dogged by questions about his since-retracted statement at the recent Republican debate that employers should be allowed to fire workers based on their homosexuality, presidential hopeful Tommy Thompson told reporters that the knee-jerk answer was an error brought on by a poor hearing aid and the fact that he desperately needed to use the men’s room.
Said Thompson: “Nobody knows that I’ve been very sick. … I was very sick the day of the debate. I had all of the problems with the flu and bronchitis that you have, including running to the bathroom. I was just hanging on. I could not wait until the debate got off so I could go to the bathroom. I didn’t hear the question. All I was thinking about was getting off the stage. I said it, I’m sorry, and it won’t happen again but it’s not my record. … There’s nothing discriminatory about me at all.”
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