Nathan Deal, a candidate for governor, apologized for using the phrase during a campaign stop Saturday. In a statement he says he regretted his choice of words and "in no way meant to offend anyone."
Deal was talking about his attempts to pass legislation requiring citizenship verification. According to a recording, he said: "We got all the complaints of ghetto grandmothers who didn't have birth certificates and all that."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports videotapes of the speech were shared with reporters by two Republican opponents. Deal urged them "to put down their video cameras and stop taking my words out of context."