Tanden apologizes for tweets disparaging GOP

President BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Neera TandenNeera TandenGOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions On The Money — Biden's big plans for the Fed Biden taps Shalanda Young to lead White House budget office MORE, on Tuesday apologized for her past tweets disparaging Republicans.

"I regret that language and take responsibility for it," Tanden said in a line added to the prepared opening statement released to the media ahead of her confirmation hearing with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

"Over the last few years, it’s been part of my role to be an impassioned advocate. I understand, though, that the role of OMB director calls for bipartisan action, as well as a nonpartisan adherence to facts and evidence," she said.

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Republicans on the committee pilloried Tanden for scathing language she used against Republicans on Twitter while heading up the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanBipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — US mulls Afghan evacuees' future Hillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — DOJ unveils new election hacking charges MORE (Ohio), the panel's ranking Republican, went through a litany of tweets in which Tanden had referred to Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks On The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (R-Maine) as “the worst,” said Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks China draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai Biden says he's 'considering' a diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics MORE (R-Ark.) was “a fraud,” proclaimed that "vampires have more heart" than Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGermany calls on Congress not to sanction Nord Stream 2 pipeline: report Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' Biden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress MORE (R), and compared then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFive issues that will define the months until the midterms  Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE (R-Ky.) to the villain in the "Harry Potter" series, Voldemort.

“I believe that the tone, the content and the aggressive partisanship of some of your public statements have added to the troubling trend of more incivility in our public life,” Portman said.

He also noted that even after Tanden deleted thousands of old tweets, his staff found nine pages worth of Tweets among her remaining posts about Cruz.

“I recognize the concern. I deeply regret and apologize for my language," Tanden responded, adding that the onus was on her to earn the trust of GOP senators.

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She noted that, despite the rhetoric, she had worked with right-leaning think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute in the past.

Tanden denied that she deleted her old tweets at the behest of the incoming Biden administration, and said she had removed them over the course of several months because she regretted them.

Tanden's tweets made her an early target for Republicans among Biden's nominees, raising questions about her confirmation.

The line of questioning on Tuesday marked somewhat of a partisan role reversal from recent years. During the Trump administration, Republican senators were frequently confronted with questions about former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE's incendiary and insulting tweets.

During his time in office, Trump called Biden "weak, both mentally and physically," referred to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRestless progressives eye 2024 Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) as "crazy," told several congresswomen of color to "go home," and threatened war with Iran and North Korea on Twitter.

GOP senators frequently responded by saying they disagreed with Trump's tone, brushing them off as distractions, or simply claiming they had not seen the tweets in question.

Tanden is scheduled to testify in an additional nomination hearing Wednesday before the Senate Budget Committee.