WASHINGTON -- It's a sorry list. This week's apologies from Mitt Romney and Joe Biden are just the latest in a colorful history of politicians regretting personal lapses. A few recent notables:
The Republican candidate regretted a 1965 boarding school incident -- he reportedly held down a classmate and cut his long hair -- while saying he doesn't remember it: "I participated in a lot of high jinks and pranks during high school, and some may have gone too far. And for that I apologize."
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The vice president is sorry for speaking out of turn in support of gay marriage. Biden upstaged President Barack Obama and upset White House planning. He offered Obama his mea culpa privately, according to aides.
His presidential bid just starting, Gingrich miffed fellow Republicans by calling Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare proposal "right-wing social engineering."
"I made a mistake and I called Paul Ryan today ... and I said that."
The Democrat regretted spending two years denying that he'd fathered a daughter with his mistress: "It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me. ... I am truly sorry."
The New York governor resigned amid reports that he was a regular client of high-priced call girls: "The remorse I feel will always be with me," he said.