Landrieu refuses to apologize for remarks

A day after Sen. Mary Landrieu made comments on NBC News discussing President Barack Obama's low approval numbers, saying that Obama's energy policies and that the South "has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans," she stayed firm on her remarks.

The comments set off a firestorm with conservatives, who demanded that Landrieu apologize.

"The main reason the President has struggled here is because his energy policies are not in line with the people of Louisiana. We are a pro-drilling, pro-oil, gas state. The offshore moratorium was extremely unpopular and, in my opinion, wholly unwarranted. It made a lot of people angry and put many businesses at risk," Landrieu said in a statement, reiterating her initial statement on the reason for Obama's low approval numbers.

But Landrieu also didn't back down on the second part of her answer on NBC News, which drew the strongest criticism.

"In addition, the south has not always been the friendliest or easiest place for African Americans to advance, and it's been a difficult place for women to be recognized as the leaders we are. Everyone knows this is the truth, and I will continue to speak the truth even as some would twist my words seeking political advantage."


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