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. unions are not stupid

    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!

    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. R. Brown

    Anyone who's this desperate needs to undergo mental evaluation. She's a congenital liar and appears plotting Obama's demise for political gain.


    She never apologized to Obama and she doesn't intents to.


    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. No Hillary

    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!!!

    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Travis (in the real world)

    WHAT A HUGE SUCKUP....will this woman ever stop.....she's such a 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

    1. Liar
    2. Evil

    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 ...:)

    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. 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 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Chavis, WY

    Once again, she will say and do anything to be elected. How low can she go–she hasn't reached that point yet.

    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. M Philllips

    What an unfortunate analogy. I guess Hillary's other name is hubris.

    May 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. mark

    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??

    May 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. asas


    May 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. S callahan New York

    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.

    May 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Y

    Please Superdelegates, declare Obama the nominee before June. Annie Oakley is on the loose!

    May 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. LIES

    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.

    May 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Lara's little sister

    What a lawerly move. Absolutely disgusting! If anything happens to Obama, my finger points directly at Hillary.

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. ba

    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.

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Mister Anderson

    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.

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Fight to the end...Rule by the popular vote. Not all these deligates whomever they are.

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. p davis

    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

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Toni

    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.

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |

    Where are my comments???????????????????????

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. No Hillary

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... seems like Billary has some plans.....

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Pandering

    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.

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Paula in WI

    Bad reference period...when you get that tired it's time to let go.

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

    First Huckebee and now Clinton. How low can she go?

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Sharon from Houston

    She better pray that nothing happens to Barack Obama! Because All fingers will be pointing to Sen. HRC!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Todd

    Ambition blinding common sence.

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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