Bill: I Made Mistakes but I'm No Racist

'There were things I wish I hadn't said,' he tells ABC
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 4, 2008 6:56 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and her husband Bill Clinton take the stage a rally in New York, Tuesday, June 3, 2008.    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – Speaking in his first broadcast interview since the Democratic primaries, Bill Clinton conceded he made mistakes during his wife's presidential campaign, but declared to ABC News: “I am not a racist.” He said he has regrets about the campaign, but “not the ones you think"—though he refused to elaborate.

"There are things that I wish I'd urged her to do. Things I wish I'd said. Things I wish I hadn't said," said Clinton. His comments about Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory, indicating a black man was more likely to win the state, sparked a storm of controversy, but Clinton insisted: "I never made a racist comment, and I didn't attack him personally."