Donald Trump expressed regret on Thursday for remarks that "may have caused personal pain" as he sought to refocus his message in the face of falling opinion poll numbers in his first speech since a shake-up in his campaign this week.
"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," the Republican presidential nominee told a crowd in Charlotte, North Carolina. "I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues."
Trump has made his "tough talk" and brash style a selling point of his campaign for the Nov. 8 election, rarely apologizing even in the face of criticism for past remarks from within his own party.
Trump recently faced a barrage of criticism when he attacked the family of a fallen Muslim American soldier. Khizr Khan, the father of Army Captain Humayun Khan who died in Iraq in 2004, had criticized Trump at the Democratic National Convention last month.