Stephen Moore said Sunday that he is "embarrassed" by some of his past writings that have come to light since his name was put forward by President Donald Trump as a potential nominee to the Federal Reserve Board, but said the focus should be on his "economic expertise" and not "this kind of smear campaign."
"They were humor columns, but some of them weren't funny, and so I am apologetic. I'm embarrassed by some of those things I wrote," Moore told ABC's "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos.
"But I do think we should get back to the issue of whether I'm qualified to be on the Federal Reserve Board, whether I have the economic expertise," he said. "I’ll debate anybody on economics... Let's make this about the economy."
"What happened was this kind of smear campaign, this character assassination and it began two or three weeks ago," Moore explained. "I mean, you're not going to believe this, but the media unsealed my divorce from 10 years ago and started reporting details of my divorce which was against the wishes, by the way, of myself and my ex-wife who have a very good solid relationship with today."
"I think most fair-minded people would say, what does a divorce settlement have to do with interest rates and my economic credentials? And then what's happened is there’s five or six full-time reporters investigating every area of my life," he continued.
"These articles that you're talking about were 17, 18 years ago," he added. "Frankly, I didn't even remember writing some of these they were so long ago."