Watch out, Sarah Palin. Former almost-son-in-law Levi Johnston is refusing to go away quietly, popping up on CBS' The Early Show this morning to take back his public apology to the family and lay out his master plan to take your job.
The 20-year-old mayoral candidate says he was forced into saying he was sorry by former flame Bristol Palin and did some serious backtracking:
"That was something I did to make my fiancée happy. She wanted it so we wrote something down and we sent it out because that's what she wanted. Together we put it out there."
When asked why he'd so publicly say something he didn't mean, he replied, "Trust me it's easier to make them happy. If you gotta live with them, you gotta make them happy. I wish I hadn't put out that apology, it makes me look like a liar. The rest of stuff I can live with."
He issued his original mea culpa back in July, saying: "Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry. Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true."
As for his shot at mayor of Wasilla with no experience and no high school diploma, Levi says it's more about how well liked you are.
"I really don't think mayor is about qualifications," he says. "It's about people liking you and believing in you. At the end of the day it is popularity, and whoever the people love most they're going to vote for."
When asked if his run was revenge, he replied, "I don't care what she did or where she was. I'm doing it because I want to."
He's also defending his constant jabbering to the media.
"I don't think I'm any more obseseed with making a career out of this than she is. Obviously she [Bristol]'s doing Dancing With the Stars. I wouldn't say I'm obsessed, I'm just taking opportunities as they come."
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