Blagojevich: Esquire interview comments `stupid'

Monday, January 11, 2010
Gov. Rod Blagojevich

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Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is apologizing for what he calls a poor choice of words during a magazine interview in which he claims he's "blacker than Barack Obama."

Blagojevich says he's sorry if he offended anyone. He told WLS Radio in Chicago on Monday that it was a "stupid thing to say."

In the interview with Esquire, Blagojevich said he grew up in a small apartment, shined shoes as a boy and that his father ran a laundry in a black neighborhood.

The interview is in the February issue of Esquire, which hits newsstands Jan. 19.

The White House refused to comment on Blagojevich's statements in the interview.

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