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   Hillary Clinton regrets Gandhi joke at fund-raiser

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1/7/2004 12:00 am

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Entered 1/7/2004, Updated 1/7/2004

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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized for joking that Mahatma Gandhi used to run a gas station in St. Louis, saying it was "a lame attempt at humor.'' The New York Democrat made the remark at a fund-raiser Saturday. During an event here for Senate candidate Nancy Farmer, Clinton introduced a quote from Gandhi by saying, "He ran a gas station down in St. Louis.'' After laughter from many in the crowd of at least 200 subsided, the former first lady continued, "No, Mahatma Gandhi was a great leader of the 20th century.'' In a nod to Farmer's underdog status against Republican Sen. Kit Bond, Clinton quoted the Indian independence leader as saying: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.'' The director of a U.S. center devoted to Gandhi's teachings said the remarks amounted to stereotyping and were insensitive. After being approached by The Associated Press to clarify the remarks, Clinton suggested in a statement late Monday that she never meant to fuel the stereotype -- often used as a comedic punch line -- that certain ethnic groups run America's gas stations.


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