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Van Jones Labels Romney a 'Douche,' Obama a 'Wimp' During Panel Discussion (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Jones contrite

Former White House “green jobs” czar Van Jones during a CNN panel discussion Tuesday accused Gov. Mitt Romney of acting like a “douche” and President Obama of acting like a “wimp” during the first presidential debate.

“I think if you’re in a situation — this is kind of basic. You had two guys up there: One was acting kind of like a douche, and one was acting kind of like a wimp. And between a wimp and a douche --" Van Jones started.

“Those are strong words, Van,” said CNN’s Gloria Borger.

“Those are strong words, but — if that’s the divide, I think people are going to want somebody who seems like the stronger leader, even if they were a little obnoxious. I think what you’re going to see

now is who’s the real guy,” Van Jones added.

“You’re saying Romney was obnoxious?”

“I thought that Romney did well for himself, but he was really obnoxious, very aggressive. For some women, you’d think that would be a turn-off, but if somebody is showing them, was showing the level of strength that he was showing, I think was the basis of the appeal,” Jones explained.

No word yet on whether Van Jones thinks Vice President Joe Biden’s debate performance last week qualifies him as a “tool” or a “schmuck.”

UPDATE -- Unsurprisingly, Jones' remarks didn't go over too well. Not long after calling Gov. Romney a "douche" and President Obama a "wimp," CNN host Wolf Blitzer gave him an opportunity to apologize for his "poor choice of words":

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