Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin apologized Tuesday for any misunderstanding caused when she referred last week to the patriotic values of "the real America" and the "pro-America areas of this great nation."
Democrats and others criticized Palin for seeming to imply that some parts of the country are more patriotic than others.
Palin denied that was her intention in an interview with CNN on Tuesday.
"I don't want that misunderstood," Palin said. "If that's the way it came across, I apologize."