May 24th, 2008
02:03 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton apologizes for RFK assassination comment

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Clinton listens during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday."]
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.”

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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.

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soundoff (937 Responses)
  1. Pam

    She is disgusting.

    May 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Larry

    She has thoroughly lost it. She plays the victim, but she is really trying to blow up the party.

    May 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Former Obama Supporter

    The Obama camp and his supporters are going to look for any reason not to pick Hillary as the VP, even if that means making her comment on Kennedy an issue. Do they actually think we don't see this?

    May 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. patrick bowen


    May 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Jessica, GA

    For the first time in my adult life, I am speechless.

    May 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Joan

    Typical Hillary.

    She will say, do, curse, and destroy anything or anybody that stands in her way. Self-centerd and egoistic family – The Clintons.

    May 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. ww-New York

    All I can say is UNREAL!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Noemi in Los Angeles, CA

    Hillary Clinton: The DO and SAY Anything Candidate.

    May 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Binh

    For as desperate as Clinton has been, she's not this bad. I think she's honest in apologizing for making a not so smart reference.

    May 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Yasriel

    Simply outrageous! I am speechless...............

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. AKS

    WOW! I mean WOW can she get any more desperate? I mean trying to stay relevant is one thing but this...?? I hope that the Super delegates put an end to this women's bid after this event. This is not the kind of discussion that one should be having and it certainly ain't the right time to invoke such an event.

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Betty Jean

    Both she and Huckabee are trying to stir up trouble for Obama. She's devious.

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Max Kil

    Again, a blunder!

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Smart People for Obama

    Let's get this over with, please. Clinton, please exit stage left.

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Chuck

    This woman is sick. The Dem Leaders need to end this NOW.

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Out in Left Field

    another misspeak – what's the count at now? I think she should pack it in while she still has a tiny amount of dignity left.

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Ratgurl

    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!

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. kathy

    All I can say is UNBELEIVABE!! This woman does not deserve to be president. This is reckless!

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. Nora

    Shame on you Hillary you really are a desperate person, you are very disrespectful and what everyone says about you is true. You will Do and say anthing to get elected.

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Pandering

    Desperation setting in.... Delusional speeches... lapse in rational thought process....

    May 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Yasriel

    I hope and pray this woman has a soul, a good one. She seems to have the opposite now.

    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. young, gifted and black

    This is completely tasteless for her to have made that reference to 1968. This makes me question her true motive for staying in this race. Obama, you and your family are in my prayers...


    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Adam, Los Angeles

    Are you sure you want her answering the phone at 3am? She didn't do so well at midday answering friendly questions.

    And if i was Obama, I'd step up my security measures.... I'm just saying that sounded a lot like a warning.

    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Anita in NC

    I am beginning to believe that Hillary, without Bill, would be a far better president than Obama or McCain.

    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Darth Vadik, CA

    God, I don't even want to touch this one.

    I just hope she didn't mean it, I really do, I hope she was just tired and babbling.

    And this after the Huckabee crap.

    I'm just disapointed.

    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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