Obama Says Sorry For Saying "Sweetie"

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., center, tours the Chrysler Stamping Plant in Sterling Height, Mich., Wednesday, May 14, 2008, with Chrysler LLC, Vice Chairman and President Jim Press, right, and plant manager Dean Hendrickson. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Barack Obama has apologized to a Michigan TV reporter for calling her "sweetie" and dodging her question about autoworkers.

WXYZ-TV's Peggy Agar shouted a question to the Democratic presidential candidate during Obama's appearance Wednesday at a Chrysler LLC plant in Sterling Heights.

Agar asks Obama what he's "going to do to help American autoworkers."

He replies, "Hold on one second, sweetie, we'll do a press avail, thanks" but didn't get back to Agar.

On the air later, the station played a voice message Obama left for Agar. Obama apologizes for not getting back to her. He also tells Agar he has a bad habit of calling people "sweetie."

Obama then says: "I mean no disrespect, so I am duly chastened on that front."