Clinton Apologizes For Husband's Racially Charged Comments

03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hillary Clinton apologized today for the racially charged comments her husband made in South Carolina that some political pundits have said played a part in her campaign's recent downward spiral.

"If anyone was offended by anything that was said, whether it was meant or not, or misinterpreted or not, then obviously, I regret that," Clinton said in a question and answer session at the annual "State of the Black Union" symposium held in New Orleans.

"My husband apologized for slavery. My husband mended, so as to avoid ending, affirmative action. My husband had in his White house, his cabinet, [and] his administration, many of you who I see here, in either full-time or advisory positions," Clinton told the nearly 5,000 attendees gathered at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Host Tavis Smiley said he had invited all of the presidential nominees to speak at the gathering but that only Clinton had accepted his invitation.

After a brief speech, Smiley asked Clinton questions about her current outlook on the campaign and how she would explain the comments President Clinton had made comparing Sen. Barack Obama to Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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