Biden tells Democrats he regrets Obama remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senator Joe Biden expressed regret today for describing presidential rival Barack Obama as an articulate and clean African-American, trying to stem damage to his nascent 2008 campaign.

The Delaware Democrat spoke today at the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting.

He told the audience "I want to say that I truly regret that the words I spoke offended people that I admire very much.".

Biden spent his first day as an official presidential candidate Wednesday explaining his statement that Obama is "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean."

Biden is one of nine candidates in the Democratic presidential race.

The meeting is an unofficial kickoff the presidential campaign, with the candidates vying to capture the hearts and minds of the party faithful.