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Bill Clinton denies being a racist

Bill Clinton has rejected the suggestion that he is racist and expressed regret over the remarks he made while campaigning for Hillary Clinton to get Democratic Presidential nomination.

world Updated: Aug 04, 2008 15:11 IST

Former American president Bill Clinton has rejected the suggestion that he is racist and expressed regret over some of the remarks he made while campaigning for unsuccessful bid by his wife Senator Hillary Clinton to get Democratic Presidential nomination.

In his first broadcast interview since his wife dropped out of the presidential race, Clinton expressed regret for something he did and something he did not say.

Excerpts from the interview by ABC News in Nonrovia, Liberia, when Clinton toured Africa in support of his charitable foundation, were released by the network.

The charges of racism against Clinton arose out of his remarks after South Carolina primary during which he belittled Barack Obama's victory, noting Jesse Jackson, a black leader, too had won the State in primaries in 1984 and 1988.

Some African-American leaders found the observation offencive. The controversy later brought an apology from Hillary, who told reporters, "You know, I'm sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offencive."

ABC said that, Clinton appeared to grow testy as he discussed his wife's failed bid for the nomination, and was asked if he deserves at least some of the blame for his wife's losses.