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Power says she’s regretted calling Hillary a monster ‘every day since’

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power says she’s regretted calling Hillary Clinton a “monster” during the 2008 presidential campaign “pretty much every day since.”

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“It was beyond searing,” Power said Thursday on NBC’s "Today" show. 

“You lose your temper, and you’re in a campaign, and things go back and forth," she said. "But it just completely broke my heart that somebody so amazing, could — that 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. So yeah, I’ve pretty much regretted it every day since.”

Power was working on President Obama’s campaign team during the 2008 Democratic primary against Clinton. After Clinton won the Ohio primary, The Scotsman printed an off-the-record comment she made to a reporter.

“We f***** up in Ohio,” Power said. “In Ohio, they are obsessed, and Hillary is going to town on it because she knows Ohio’s the only place they can win.”

“She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything,” Power added. 


Power publicly apologized for the remarks and then resigned from the campaign team. She said she’s since had the chance to apologize in person, in what she described as an “emotional” exchange.

“I was so grateful … to have the chance just to say in person what I had said to everybody,” Power said. “I would say, ‘Could you tell Hillary that I really … think she's a total rock star. She's changed the world in a thousand ways.’ But … to be able to say that in person was something that I'm immensely grateful to her to have given me that opportunity to do.”

Clinton has apparently accepted the apology, as the two worked together as members of Obama’s foreign policy team.

“We worked together very effectively on issues of common concern the last four years,” Power said.

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