- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat, botched a famous Martin Luther King Jr. quote on Thursday while introducing First Lady Michelle Obama at a campaign rally.

“I’m so proud of our country,” Mr. Udall said to the crowd. “We showed that Dr. Martin Luther King [Jr.] had it right, which is that in America, at our best, we judge people by the content of their color.”

Mr. Udall quickly corrected himself as the audience began to chuckle.

“The content of their character, not the content of their skin. I got it right. I got it both ways!” Mr. Udall said enthusiastically.

Mrs. Obama had her own gaffe during the event when she seemed to confuse Mr. Udall with his Republican rival Rep. Cory Gardner.

She praised Mr. Udall’s Senate record and touted him as a “fifth-generation Coloradan,” according to Fox News.

But Mr. Udall is not a fifth-generation Coloradan. He was born in Arizona where his father, former Rep. Mo Udall, served as a Congressman from 1961 to 1991.

Mr. Gardner is a fifth-generation Coloradan, and frequently mentions his families deep rooted history in the state.

Polling data from Real Clear Politics shows Mr. Gardner leading by 3.8 points.

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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