President Donald Trump's pick for the Federal Reserve Board said he regrets past controversial articles he wrote about women and urged critics to focus on his economic record.
Stephen Moore said the articles were meant as humor columns, but "some weren't funny, so I am apologetic."
He called the criticism a "smear campaign" and told ABC: "Let's make this about the economy."
Moore is a well-known conservative commentator for more than two decades. He was an adviser to the Trump presidential campaign and helped design the 2017 tax cuts.
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He said he stands by his economic positions but added if his nomination became too much of a liability to GOP senators, "I would withdraw."
Trump's other Fed board pick, Herman Cain, withdrew over past allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity.