07/04/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama: "I Bit My Tongue" Against Clinton "Many Times"

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he bit his tongue "many times" during the fierce primary battle with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).

Two sources said that Obama's comments came after Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.), a Clinton backer, told the Illinois senator that the Democratic Party needs time to heal.

"I bit my tongue many times. Many times. I bit my tongue many times during this campaign," Obama told his colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) last week during a private meeting. He repeated the "I bit my tongue" phrase three times during the meeting, the sources said.

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