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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.
She is disgusting.
She has thoroughly lost it. She plays the victim, but she is really trying to blow up the party.
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?
THIS IS IT!!! YOU HAVE SUNK TO THE BOTTOM HILLARY!!! SUPERS GET HER OUT@!!!
For the first time in my adult life, I am speechless.
She will say, do, curse, and destroy anything or anybody that stands in her way. Self-centerd and egoistic family – The Clintons.
All I can say is UNREAL!!!!!!
Hillary Clinton: The DO and SAY Anything Candidate.
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.
Simply outrageous! I am speechless...............
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.
Both she and Huckabee are trying to stir up trouble for Obama. She's devious.
Again, a blunder!
Let's get this over with, please. Clinton, please exit stage left.
This woman is sick. The Dem Leaders need to end this NOW.
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.
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!
All I can say is UNBELEIVABE!! This woman does not deserve to be president. This is reckless!
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.
Desperation setting in.... Delusional speeches... lapse in rational thought process....
I hope and pray this woman has a soul, a good one. She seems to have the opposite now.
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...
DEMOCRATS UNITED FOR OBAMA 08
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.
I am beginning to believe that Hillary, without Bill, would be a far better president than Obama or McCain.
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.