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.
it is wise that she jumped on this so quickly when i heard the first release from the campaign I was shocked they were so stupid not to at least say something for the Kennedy family who if I am not mistaken should have been very upset!
Anyone who's this desperate needs to undergo mental evaluation. She's a congenital liar and appears plotting Obama's demise for political gain.
I AM CALLING FOR THE ARREST OF HILLARY CLINTON AND A CALL FOR AN IMPEACHMENT OF HER SENATE SEAT!
She never apologized to Obama and she doesn't intents to.
ARREST HILLARY NOW. SHE BELONGS NO WHERE NEAR WASHINGTON!
Hey Hillar, bring any excuses you want , bring any apologies you want, give any reasoning you want.... even if the whole world agrees with you .. we AMERICAN VOTERS SAY NO TO HILLARY.. SO PRPARE UR DROP OUT SPEECH!!!
WHAT A HUGE SUCKUP....will this woman ever stop.....she's such a whinner....do you smell that she's slipping us a bill of goods?...this woman is EVIL....she says she's doesn't understand why people want her to leave....let me start
I expect her to cry soon, and then pleasantly as..."PLEASE BARAK, CAN I BE THE VP...I'LL BE A GOOD GIRL TO YOUR FACE...but watch your back because I'm EVIL ...:)
OMG!!!! How dare she seed that idea into the minds of those who oppose Obama. She should be IMMEDIATELY investigated, & the DNC should DEMAND she withdraw from the campaign!
Once again, she will say and do anything to be elected. How low can she go–she hasn't reached that point yet.
What an unfortunate analogy. I guess Hillary's other name is hubris.
Sure you didnt mean to say that Hillary. Do we need to start a list of the names of people that are no longer with us because of the Clintons??
There is one word to describe her words "imply'
I think it's almost suggestive of doing harm, she needs to be very careful what she speaks as we all know not everyone is of sound mind in America.
Please Superdelegates, declare Obama the nominee before June. Annie Oakley is on the loose!
SO?!?! let me get this straight...
It is OK for you to say whatever you want, and then turn around and say 'OH I DIDN'T MEAN IT LIKE THAT", but how many times did you or your cronies attack Michelle Obama for misspeaking? double standard much?
Regardless that statement is atrocious. Coming from someone seeking to become president, is disgusting, and the fact that I have no problem believing that you have probably hoped for it to happen, to please your precious ego/vanity, officially solidifies my complete DISLIKE for you.
What a lawerly move. Absolutely disgusting! If anything happens to Obama, my finger points directly at Hillary.
as an obama supporter, i don't feel this is so awful, although it is unfortunate.
as far as historical parallels: what about mike huckabee, who dropped out of the primary race earlier this year, when it became mathematically impossible for him to win? the numbers have been against hillary for weeks, and that's why so many want her to drop out.
When will the Super delegates euthanize Eight Bellies? She broke her legs after Super Tuesday, she damaged her brain right before Ohio and Texas.
McCain's (media ignored) Triple Play: Hagee, Parsley, and Falwell.
Fight to the end...Rule by the popular vote. Not all these deligates whomever they are.
I am ashamed to be a democrat. I am concerend over her comments, and the lack of the superdelegates to put an end to her behavior.are they really afraid of her an the x pres. there is no place for any of this she is not sorry for her comments just a sorry person
Just a preview of what would happen if she was Obama's running mate ... I'm sorry ... I didn't have enuf sleep ... everybody's against me ... it's because I'm a woman ... And then, of course, there would be Bill ... pissing everybody off but nor apologizing for anything. Lovely.
Where are my comments???????????????????????
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... seems like Billary has some plans.....
Clinton is quoting everyone and everything... Carl Rove, John McCain, .....blah blah... Wow! Some people just doesn't know when to quit. What are those Superfools waiting for....just come out and end this thing.
Bad reference period...when you get that tired it's time to let go.
First Huckebee and now Clinton. How low can she go?
She better pray that nothing happens to Barack Obama! Because All fingers will be pointing to Sen. HRC!!!!!!!!!!!
Ambition blinding common sence.