UN Ambassador Samantha Power: I Regret Calling Hillary a Monster 'Every Day'

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Thursday, 03 Oct 2013 02:09 PM

By Dan Weil

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U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power says she feels intense guilt for calling Hillary Clinton a "monster" during the 2008 presidential campaign.

"I’ve pretty much regretted it every day since," she said on NBC's "Today" show Thursday.

Power made the "monster" comment off the record to a reporter for Scotland's The Scotsman when she was an aide to the Obama campaign.

"In Ohio, they are obsessed, and Hillary is going to town on it because she knows Ohio's the only place they can win," Power said. "She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything."

Now, Power cringes at those remarks, she told the "Today" show.

"You lose your temper, and you're in a campaign, and things go back and forth," she said. "It just completely broke my heart ... There is a fair amount of negativity heaped upon her that I find massively unfair. And the idea that I could have contributed in some way to that narrative was terrible."

At the time, Power publicly apologized for her comments and quit the Obama campaign. Since then she has apologized to Clinton directly. "I was so grateful ... to have the chance just to say in person what I had said to everybody," Power said.

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