Trump voices regret for causing ‘personal pain’

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.–For the first time, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he regrets some of his most heated campaign statements.

The GOP nominee says at a rally in Charlotte that, “sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it,” he says, “particularly where it may have caused personal pain.”

Trump says that, “Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.”

Trump was reading from prepared remarks, using a teleprompter instead of his usually off-the-cuff rally style, after re-shaping his campaign team. Earlier Thursday, Trump moved to invest nearly $5 million in battleground state advertising to address daunting challenges in the states that will make or break his White House ambitions. He also shook up his campaign in recent days, tapping a combative conservative media executive, Stephen Bannon, to serve as CEO of the campaign.