Gov. Rendell has his story and he's sticking to it.

On CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" Sunday, Rendell was called to account - yet again - for his remarks last week, caught on a live microphone, that Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is "perfect" for the Homeland Security position in President-elect Obama's cabinet becasue she has no family and "no life." Rendell also, not unreasonably, implies that the obsessive news coverage of this flap, nearly a week later, is insane.

Here is a transcript provided by the network of yesterday's exchange with Wolf Blitzer, at the end of a long discussion with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on infrastructure issues and the economy.

BLITZER: Governor Rendell, you caused a commotion this week. You were heard on an open mike speaking about the incoming, the incoming Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the governor of Arizona. I'm going to play the little clip because I want you to explain to our viewers and the United States and around the world what was on your mind. 


RENDELL: Janet's perfect for that job because for that job, you have to have no life. And Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote literally, 19-20 hours a day to it.


BLITZER: All right, she has no family, perfect. You've got to have no life for that kind of job. All right, governor, you're in the hot seat. Explain. 

RENDELL: Sure, well that's a 24/7 job more than any in the nation. The director of Homeland Security has to be on duty all of the time. And what I said about Janet is true. I think she's the gold standard for governors. She works hard, she's dedicated, she's focused. She's like all of us. I don't think Tim would contend that he has much of a life as governor because we're doing that pretty much the same in our states.

And Campbell Brown, who I love, as a person and respect as a newsperson, couldn't have been more wrong. She said that it was somehow sexist or a comment on single women. Let me tell you. If Janet Napolitano was Jim Napolitano and had no family, I would have said the exact same thing. 

She's just what we need in that job and she's going to do a great job because she's dedicated, because she's focused and because she can give all of her energy to it? 

BLITZER: So no apology coming from Ed Rendell. You're not going to send her a dozen roses? 

RENDELL: I actually wrote a hand-written note and apologized if I caused her any discomfort. But gosh, Wolf, we've gotten really far off field in the way we cover news if that statement which is absolutely 100 percent true is construed as something. I would have said it about man or woman in similar position. It was meant to comment on how tough the job is and how great a choice Janet is. 

BLITZER: We'll leave it right there. Governor Rendell, thanks very much. Governor Pawlenty, thanks to you, as well.

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