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. Sharon from Houston

    Shame on you Hillary!

    May 23, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Lisa F.

    Desperation tends to make one converse out of the arse.

    Superdelegates......Where are you?????

    Hillary has dug a hole from which she cannot possible climb.

    She keeps going deeper....deeper and she's taking the party with her.

    Pelosi needs to "man up" and grow a set. Be a leader. The party looks ridculous and chaotic.

    MAN UP!!!

    May 23, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Steven

    This woman has now lost all my respect. I used to like her and was even supporting her from the start but this is getting crazy and she is willing to say anything now. Even if she didnt mean anything by her statement she has to understand she has to be careful with what she says.

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Disgusted

    Hillary Clinton has stooped to new lows. This is absolutely shameless in the worst possible way. Democrats should be ashamed that member of their party make such disgusting comments.

    If she was looking to exit gracefully, well, I think she just figured out the "exit" part.

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

    You know, if all of you would stop crying everytime Hillary says something we would all be better off. What a butch of cry babies. You know if women cried as much as the men running for office DO, we would be shut up in a closet. What is wrong with the men today. Are they so afraid that a woma n can be better men then they can be. Besides, I don't think anything Hillary could say or do that even comes close to Rev Wright and hes disregard for the white people. So get off the band wagon and get this country healed and back together again. Oh, by the way, MY HUSBAND AND I WOULD NEVER EVER VOTE FOR OBAMA.


    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. OBAMA 08'

    What, she is still in it?!?!?! Please someone tell her to move she is but a bump on the way. She talks about uniting the party and all she is doing is keeping us apart, oh and by the way, Florida and Michigan Votes will not count remember you signed on it....

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. hillary 08

    here goes the media again. it's sick the way they can twist something and take it completely out of context...

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Sheri

    SHE IS CRAZY!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Disgusted with Hillary

    This woman is unbelievable. I'll take George Bush for another 4 years before I'd vote this psycho into office.

    Obama '08

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |


    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Joshua

    I wouldn't vote for that witch for any office after this stunt. She may have the white uneducated vote but has lost all the black vote. Even if she runs in 2012 she will lose!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Beckie Sue in Montana

    Shame on you Hillary Clinton... SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! Just disgusting!

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. fred

    That isn't a blunder...if is a fact. I can remember it as if yesterday.

    It was in Obamanuts are just that NUTs!!

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Rena

    In this case I don't believe Hillary meant anything to be offensive to the Kennedy family. I do believe she does have some morals. I just hope that Hillary will allow this nomination to come to an end and put her effort in helping Obama to obtain the Presidential nomination.

    It just wasn't her time maybe next time. Try again Hillary in 2016 maybe by this time your character may be a little more cleaner since you have just totally tainted it this this election. You are going to have to give people some time to get over the mess you have created during this nomination process.

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Let's move on we know she probably tired

    Let's move on she's probably tired from staying up late wondering how to divide the party.

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Hussein Bama

    What does Sen Obama know of the history of America ??

    He has no understanding of old values, and this will push America further down south.

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Lethem

    Sen. Clinton should be called upon to release her mental health records

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Michael

    Typical Hillary. Make a racist comment, issue a half-hearted non-apology apology.

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. Army Wife

    hillary, okay, whatever....

    but leave our kennedies alone, leave our country alone.

    go home, enough of you and your stupid husband.

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. another one

    HRC says "people have been trying to push me out of this ever since Iowa".

    Another lie !!!!!!!

    If someone compiles all the 'twist of facts', that'll be something to get a good laugh at

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

    I have left several comments on this board. Why are they not getting posted?

    May 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Is that what she is hoping?

    Is that why she is staying in? In case Obama gets shot...God protect him.....we cannot have this crazy woman for president!! She says that she brought it up because that campaign did run into June...but there have been a couple of other campaigns that did too, why didn't she mention one of those. So now we will see her act so sorry!!! America this is the evil woman that we almost nominated to run for president.

    May 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. sbritto

    Obama's supporters are the one's who are disgusting and have created this great divide. They look for anything to spout their hatred. No wonder, so many people will vote McCain over Obama.

    May 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Susan

    Leaves me still wondering what happened to Vince Foster.

    May 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. A CANUCK

    If Clinton made this outrageous comment because she was "preoccupied with the Kennedys" can she be trusted to keep a level head when in the White House?? Especially with Bill looking over her shoulder !!!

    May 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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