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Spitzer apologizes: ‘I promised better.’

Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) today apologized for his involvement in a high-end prostitution ring, saying that he violated the trust of his family, and the public. He did not say whether or not he plans to step down. Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2008/03/spitzerstatemen3.320.240.flv]

Transcript:

SPITZER: We sought to bring real change to New York, and that will continue. Today, I want to briefly address a private matter.

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I have acted in a way that violates my obligation to my family, that violates my — or any — sense of right and wrong.

I apologize first, and most importantly, to my family. I apologize to the public, who I promised better. I do not believe politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas, the public good, and doing what is best for the state of New York.

But I have disappointed myself and I have failed to live up to the standard I accepted of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family. I will not be taking questions, thank you very much. I will report back to you in short order. Thank you very much.