A couple of conservative political pundits are encouraged by Donald Trump's recent "I do regret" speech.
During a rally in North Carolina on Thursday, the Republican nominee said for the first time that he regrets some of the caustic comments he's made that may have caused people pain:
"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 – and I do regret it – particularly where it may have caused personal pain."
Tom Pauken, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, was a Trump delegate at last month's GOP convention. "We all make mistakes," he tells OneNewsNow in reference to the candidate's self-assessment. "And it's time for Donald Trump to show a little humility – which he did. So this is encouraging."
Dr. Charles W. Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, thinks the "I do regret" speech will go a long way in reassuring evangelical voters who aren't sure if they want to support Trump.
"Trump has used a lot of coarse language that has adversely affected his ability to reach the all-important evangelical vote," Dunn notes. "If he will clean up his language and [offer] a good apology – if he means it – that will help him regain a lot of support among the evangelicals."
Pauken also says he's encouraged by the shakeup of Trump's campaign – and especially the departure of campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
"I like the new team of people that are now in charge of the campaign," he states. "I was very discouraged when Paul Manafort was running it. He's really part of the establishment and [has] been more of a lobbyist over the past few decades than anything else. He really didn't fit with Donald Trump."
And Pauken applauds Trump's decision to tap Stephen Bannon, a conservative media executive, as his new campaign chief.