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Video: Obama makes gaffe, says 10,000 dead from Kansas storms
Michael Roston
Published: Wednesday May 9, 2007
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Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) made a major gaffe on the campaign trail on Tuesday, declaring that 10,000 had died as a consequence of a tornado in Kansas.

"In case you missed it this week, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas, 10,000 people died, an entire town destroyed," the Senator said in a Richmond, Virginia rally.

The current death toll from the tornado that hit Greensburg, Kansas, and leveled much of the town, is 12, according to the Associated Press.

Obama has acknowledged the error, and said he made the mistake because he was tired. Campaign staff have said that the Illinois Democrat meant to say "at least 10."

While the Senator made the gaffe, he also criticized the Bush administration's war in Iraq for removing National Guard resources from the state of Kansas, making it difficult to respond to the storm.

"Governor Sebelius was right to question the diversion of the Guard’s resources and personnel overseas," RAW STORY reported Obama saying on Tuesday. "There’s no question that this has undercut our emergency preparedness and our homeland security."

The video clip of Obama's statement from an ABC News feed is presented below.

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