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Sen. Allen Apologizes for ‘Macaca’ Remark

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Posted on Aug 24, 2006

The Virginia senator tracked down the university student whom he maligned with the racist remark and apologized, but the damage is already done. In stepping into this steaming pile of macaca, Allen may have just kissed any 2008 presidential hopes goodbye.


ABC News:

An obscure word played for laughs from a mostly white crowd at the expense of a man of Indian descent clouds what has been a bright political career for Sen. George Allen, including any White House plans.

The Republican, seeking a second term as he explores a 2008 presidential run, apologized directly Wednesday to the Democratic aide he targeted, then joined President Bush for a private fundraiser in the Virginia suburbs of Washington.

But the damage has been done and it will haunt Allen for a while, said Merle Black, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta and a specialist in presidential and congressional races.

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By jon, August 24, 2006 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment
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If Allen has his way in the US, he would be a Hitler wannabe, for real.

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By Will Jones, August 24, 2006 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment
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Allen often used the “N-word” while at UVa. He’s a common racist and has simply been found out with his mother’s French Tunisian version of the same slur.

E Pluribus Unum is our motto. Racists are not American.

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By kevin99999, August 24, 2006 at 9:01 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Allen cannot wash his own stink with an apology. He is too indecent of a man to be re-elected.

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By Hilding Lindquist, August 24, 2006 at 5:35 am Link to this comment
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Of course he has kissed goodbye any chance of being President ... as I have thought from the beginning when this first came out ... god, what a jerk!

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