Obama Sorry for Hillary Memo

Ripping Hillary "dumb mistake"
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2007 6:02 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a town hall meeting, Monday, June 18, 2007, in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has apologized for a campaign memo that vilified Hillary Clinton for her financial ties to India and her campaign efforts among Indian Americans. Particularly offensive was a reference to Clinton's affiliation as "(D-Punjab)"; aimed to link her to the sore subject of outsourcing. Obama called it a "dumb mistake," Time reports.

The candidate said he hadn't seen the memo before it went out, calling it  "unnecessarily caustic" and "not reflective of the long-standing relationship I have had with the Indian-American community." The memo had been sent to reporters with the proviso it not be attributed to his campaign.