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CAMPAIGN '08: RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE

Obama apologizes to 2 Muslim women

June 20, 2008|From the Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Sen. Barack Obama has apologized to two Muslim women who were kept by campaign volunteers from sitting behind the podium during a rally in Detroit this week because they wore head scarves.

Hebba Aref and Shimaa Abdelfadeel said in an e-mail that they were grateful and set to move forward after each received calls from Obama.

In a statement, Obama said he expressed his deepest apologies to the women.

"The actions of these volunteers were unacceptable and in no way reflect any policy of my campaign," Obama said.

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