Romney accepts MSNBC host's apology

Mitt Romney on Sunday accepted an MSNBC host’s apology for joking about his adopted black grandson, saying he has made “plenty of mistakes myself.”

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The 2012 GOP nominee, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said the recent apology from the host, Melissa Harris-Perry, was “clearly heartfelt," and that he and his wife, Ann, were ready to move on.

“People like me are fair targets. If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, that’s beyond the line. And I think they understand that,” Romney said.

“I think it’s a heartfelt apology. And for that reason, we hold no ill will whatsoever.”

In a show late last year, Harris-Perry showed a picture of Romney’s Christmas card, which showed his roughly 20 grandchildren – including Kieran, an African-American baby adopted by one of Romney’s sons. Guests on the show then joked about the GOP’s “token” attempts at diversity.

Harris-Perry tearfully apologized for her show's comments on Kieran Romney this weekend.

The former Massachusetts governor said Sunday that he believed MSNBC realized its error, and that he was happy to let the situation fade away.

“I recognize that people make mistakes, and the people at MSNBC made a big mistake,” Romney said. “And they’ve apologized for it. And that’s all you can ask for.”