Clinton Blames Obama for the RFK comment controversy
May 25, 2008 Leave a comment
and who wouldn’t? Just look at what his campaign said:
“Senator Clinton’s statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.
and then there’s this!
A prominent ally of Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin also weighed in, telling the Associated Press: “I know Hillary Clinton, and the last thing in the world she’d ever want is to wish misfortune on anybody. She and Barack are friends.” He added: “It was … a careless remark, and we’ll leave it at that.”
and worst of all, from Senator Obama himself:
“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,” he said in an interview with Radio ISLA. “Senator Clinton says that she did not intend any offense by it, and I will take her at her word on that.”
I mean, really. These outrageous statements are over-the-top and simply uncalled for.
From the Washington Post on May 25, 2008:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign accused Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign of fanning a controversy over her describing the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy late in the 1968 Democratic primary as one reason she is continuing to run for the presidency.
“The Obama campaign … tried to take these words out of context,” Clinton campaign chairman Terence R. McAuliffe said on “Fox News Sunday.”
So true, Terry. It really has been disappointing to see the remark characterized as simply careless, when it has been so carefully said so many times before.
Keith Olbermann offers his perspective on the controversy, including a collection of previous references made by Hillary Clinton to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy:
A transcript is available at MSNBC:
… She said, in an off-camera interview with Time on March 6, “Primary contests used to last a lot longer. We all remember the great tragedy of Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in June in L.A. …
… After the Indiana primary, on May 7, she told supporters at a Washington hotel:
“Sometimes you gotta calm people down a little bit. But if you look at successful presidential campaigns, my husband did not get the nomination until June of 1992. I remember tragically when Senator Kennedy won California near the end of that process.”
And at Shepherdstown, West Virginia, on the same day, she referenced it again:
“You know, I remember very well what happened in the California primary in 1968 as, you know, Senator Kennedy won that primary.”
The video of Hillary Clinton’s May 23, 2008 remarks to the Argus Leader can be seen here.