Former U.S. Sen. George Allen is again saying that he regrets using the term ``macaca'' to refer to a Democratic campaign volunteer of Indian ancestry in 2006.
Allen told the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference on Friday that he ``never should have singled out that young man working for my opponent, calling him a name.'' Allen said the volunteer videotaping his appearance at a rally was just ``doing his job'' and added, ``I was wrong to do that to him.''
The Republican is seeking to recapture the Senate seat he lost in 2006 to Democrat Jim Webb, who is retiring.
The term ``macaca'' is considered an ethnic disparagement in some cultures. Allen was widely criticized for the remark after the video was posted on YouTube and it went viral.