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Mar 08, 2008 at 04:57pm IST

Obama aide calls Hillary a monster, quits red-faced

Washington: An advisor for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama resigned on Saturday after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton 'a monster'.

Samantha Power, an unpaid foreign policy advisor and Harvard professor, announced her resignation in a statement provided by the Obama campaign in which she expressed "deep regret."

"Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign," she said. "And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months."

POWER-FUL COMMENT: Samantha Power receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Brown University in this pic.

Power's interview – conducted on Monday - was published on Saturday in a Scottish newspaper, even though she tried to keep it from appearing in print.

"She is a monster, too that is off the record she is stooping to anything," The Scotsman quoted her as saying.

As US news media picked up on the remark, Power issued a statement of apology and the campaign said Obama decried the characterisation.

The Clinton campaign held a conference call with several of the former first lady's congressional supporters calling for Power to be fired.

"Senator Obama has called for change, and a new kind of politics," said New York Rep Gregory Meeks. "This is the worst kind of politics."

Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson noted that those involved in the Clinton campaign had been removed when they spoke of Obama's teenage drug use or helped spread the false rumor that the Illinois senator is a Muslim

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