McCain aide apologises for India casino remarks

July 9th, 2008 - 9:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, July 9 (IANS) An adviser to Republican presidential nominee John McCain has apologised over the use of the word ‘Indian’ while referring to casino business carried out by native American Indians in the US. “It’s come to my attention that excerpts of my interview at the Business Expo were recently taken out of context and posted on YouTube,” said Martin Eisenstadt, referring to an interview with Al-Iraqiya TV Feb 16.

“At the time, I was representing commercial interests in the Green Zone, and did not formally have a position with the McCain campaign,” the founder and president of the influential Eisenstadt Group said in a press release.

In the interview, “there was some confusion about casinos in India”, he said.

“I misspoke, and was referring to casinos in the US operated by native Americans. If anyone in India was offended by those remarks, I sincerely apologise,” said Eisenstadt, a senior fellow at the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy in Washington.

“To be clear, John McCain has the utmost respect for the Indian people, and for all regions of South Asia,” said the expert on Near Eastern military and political affairs.

Eisenstadt previously consulted on former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s presidential campaign, as well as for many corporate and multinational organisations on issues of security and policy development.

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