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Wednesday, 9 May 2007

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In a campaign slip-up, US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama dramatically understated the estimated number of Jews killed through Nazi persecution during World War 2.

Referring to spiralling violence plagueing Iraq, Obama said "We cannot have a repeat of holocaust where 9 or 10 people died."

The true number of Jews who died is estimated to be between 9 and 11 million. Mr Obama put the gaffe down to campaign-induced fatigue.

Senator Hillary Clinton currently enjoys a double digit lead over Mr Obama in national opinion polls.

A spokesman later said Mr Obama had meant to say "at least 9 million instead of 9".

During his speech the Democratic senator from Illinois did however appear to realise his mistake.

"There are going to be times when I get tired," he said. "There are going to be times when I get weary. There are going to be times when I make mistakes."

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