Let's hope he doesn't get the flu

Tommy Thompson says fatigue and a cold were behind his claim that moneymaking is "part of the Jewish tradition."

Published April 18, 2007 12:24PM (EDT)

Republican presidential contender Tommy Thompson, who has long preached the "the gospel of personal responsibility," tells the Politico that fatigue and a persistent cold caused him to tell a Jewish group this week that making money is "part of the Jewish tradition."

"I was tired, I made a mistake and I apologized," Thompson said. When the Politico's Jonathan Martin pressed him, a "testy" Thompson snapped back: "Have you ever made a mistake?"

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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