Anthony Weiner isn't apologizing for calling an opponent at a New York City mayoral forum "grandpa."
Weiner said Wednesday that he stands by his remarks at the AARP-sponsored event the day before.
Just before an AARP debate on Tuesday, Weiner, the former Democratic congressman, was overheard calling candidate George McDonald "Grandpa" after McDonald, a Republican candidate, rejected Weiner's greeting, according to the New York Post
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video camera was rolling during the encounter and caught this exchage:
I said keep your hands to yourself.
I heard what you said.
Don't put your hands on me ever again.
Really? What's going to happen if I do? You're a tough guy now?
I am. I can defend myself.
[inaudible]...your anger issues under control.
I don't have any anger issues.
But you do, Grandpa.
Weiner says that he frequently is the recipient of personal attacks at forums and says a mayoral candidate "needs a thick skin."
AARP state director Beth Finkel says the organization found some comments at the forum it sponsored "unfortunate."
This was the latest round in a feud that erupted last week when McDonald called Weiner a "self-pleasuring freak" at a mayoral forum in Queens and said he was embarrassed to tell his 10-year-old granddaughter why Weiner was so famous.
Weiner replied, saying that McDonald was "chirping at the fringes."
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