BRANDON, South Dakota (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton said Friday that she regretted comments that evoked the June 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy as part of her explanation for why she was staying in the presidential race late into the primary season.
Earlier Friday afternoon, she told the editorial board of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that "My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it," she said.
Clinton complained that "people have been trying to push me out of this ever since Iowa" and said that position "historically ... makes no sense."
Later at an event in Brandon, South Dakota, she said, "earlier today, I was discussing the Democratic primary history and in the course of that discussion mentioned the campaigns that both my husband and Sen. Kennedy waged in California in June in 1992 and 1968, and I was referencing those to make the point that we have had nominating primary contests that go into June. That's an historic fact.
Update: During an interview with Radio Isla Puerto Rico on Saturday, Barack Obama reacted to the Clinton RFK comment.
According to a quote released by the campaign, he said, “I have learned that when you are campaigning for as many months as Senator Clinton and I have been campaigning, sometimes you get careless in terms of the statements that you make and I think that is what happened here. Senator Clinton says that she did not intend any offense by it and I will take her at her word on that.”
Related video: Watch Sen. Clinton's comments to a SD newspaper's editorial board
Related video: Watch Brian Todd's report on Sen. Clinton's remarks Friday.
Sen Obama and his supporters are so blind that they can rationalize a statement of history that is very true.
Sen Obama has lot to answer, right from his heritage to Rezko connection, and then about his guru Rev Wright.
In the whole black community, Dems could not find a leader but a pseudo change agent, alas !
I have always thought that most Americans were very gullible people. If they give this woman one more vote, it only reinforces my thinking. This woman is absolutely pathetic and will stoop to any low to get 'crowned' as President. I am ready to puke...please Americans you are being hoodwinked by the Clintons and their scheming entourage, take off the hood and see the real Clintons.
A scared Canadian
If Hillary were a Republican, this comment would end her career. In fact, if she were a Republican, the "hard-working white people" comment would have ended her career. The double-standard is incredible.
That couldn't possibly be construed as a threat, could it?
Here he goes again. Can anyone really stand to have Barack O as a President when he has such thin skin. I am surprised that he does not go cry in a corner.
Get a LIFE!
I think she is 'loosing her bearings'.
On Hardball, some of the commentators are trying to say Hillary made the statement because she is extremely tired. I don't care how they try to excuse it, no one would say something like this unless she had such a scenario somewhere in her subconscious. This would be a good time for her to apologize and make a speech saying she was leaving the primaries for the good of the party and encourage her supporters to back Obama. By continuing this race, she is just damaging her legacy further.
well there goes that Obama Clinton ticket
i am not surprise ? hillary, what s next. why do we keep listening to you. well, i am switching my allegiance to Barrack. you have humilated me enough.
Hillary needs HELP. She out of HER MIND. WATCH HER.
If she didn't mean anything by it why feel the need to apologize??? An apology denotes that you've done something wrong (her inexperienced-family campaign advisors should have told her that/ I'm an Obama supporter (and no I'm not a white, blue collar worker) and I personally don't think that Senator Clinton intended any harm with her statements. I also don't mind watching Hillary hang herself BEFORE we get to June 3rd. Enough's enough. Move over and let Obama do his thing, woman!
What is even more disturbing than Clinton's and Huckabee's comments is their condescending, insincere, lame apologies.
It's time for the Supers to show some leadership and get her out of the race NOW.
Hillary just imploded ! Saying sorry with regret just not enough.
OMI GOD! THE WOMAN HAS SUNK TO A NEW LOW! SHAME ON YOU FOR MAKING THIS COMMENT.. YOU ARE TOTALLY DISGUSTING AND WITHOUT SHAME! AFTER THIS I DOUBT VERY MUCH IF THE KENNEDY FAMILY HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOU.. SHAME ON YOU!! OBAMA SUPORTER IN WISCONSIN
Out of the HEART the MOUTH speaks!
These comments will technically end the political careers of the Clintons.
What a SAD day in America!
I would never wish death on nobody man because their is no coming back from that. As a person of faith, I forgive her. Just a poor choice of words.
I'M STILL WAITING for MICHELLE OBAMA'S apology for HER COMMENTS ABOUT AMERICA AND FOR BARACK OBAMA'S APOLOGY FOR HIS COMMENTS ON RURAL AMERICA.
this is scary...
i suppose a tiny practical upshot is if something were to happen to Obama, at least who's behind it wouldn't be a secret.
I haven't been able to watch Fox News for some time. It is now getting painful to watch CNN. Senator Clinton's comment has been taken totally out of context to make a news story. Where can I find intelligent news reporting?
What is Outrageous is Hillary saying this in the first place. This is what she consistently does, makes remarks & once it's out there then offers some ridiculous explanation. Does anyone believe anything Hillary says?? Sounds completely phony! She is trying to do what ever harm she can to Obama, that is the reason she is still in the race. Hillary is out for Hillary & the Clinton Dynasty.
I respect Hiliary but I think she is just tired and probably needs to sit this one out.
Hillary and her tacky husband should do this country and themselves a favor and spare us anymore of their histrionics. We're sick of their drama and their cheap shots.
Notice she only apologized to the Kennedy family.
This is wrong on so many fronts that it is hard to even know where to begin. A new low even for a Clinton.
CNN, you don't have to post my previous post. This woman is vile. Write to the superdelegates and flood the emails. Enough already.