Saturday, May 24, 2008
From Peter Hamby CNN Political ProducerBRANDON, 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.
Sen. Hillary Clinton apologized for comments made to a newspaper on Friday.
Earlier Friday afternoon, she told the editorial board of the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 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."
"The Kennedys have been much on my mind in the last days because of Sen. [Edward] Kennedy, and I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and particularly for the Kennedy family was in any way offensive. I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever," Clinton added.
The campaign of her rival for the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Barack Obama, reacted quickly.
"Sen. Clinton's statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign," it said in a statement.
Her campaign first defended the remarks, saying the New York senator had been making a historical parallel.
"She was simply referencing her husband in 1992 and Bobby Kennedy in 1968 of historical examples of the nominating process going well into the summer. Any reading into it beyond that is inaccurate and outrageous," Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said.
Kennedy, the brother of slain President John F. Kennedy, was shot and killed just moments after claiming victory in the California primary in 1968.
Later Friday, the Clinton campaign released a statement from Randell Beck, the newspaper's executive editor, saying Clinton was answering a question about whether her continued campaigning threatens party unity so close to the Democratic convention.
"Her reference to Mr. Kennedy's assassination appeared to focus on the timeline of his primary candidacy and not the assassination itself," Beck said in the statement.
Clinton's campaign manager, Maggie Williams, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that people may have "misinterpreted what she meant."
"It was clear to anybody watching her this afternoon that she was ... deeply regretful, and people did not understand the context in which she made this reference, and so I think that she immediately, as soon as she could, spoke out to express her regret for ... perhaps the way that she had spoken or the people had misinterpreted what she meant," Williams said.
Clinton made a similar reference to Robert Kennedy in a March interview with Time magazine Managing Editor Richard Stengel, saying she could not envision a scenario in which party leaders would step in and call for the race to end.
"I think people have short memories," she said then. "Primary contests used to last a lot longer. We all remember the great tragedy of Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in June in L.A. My husband didn't wrap up the nomination in 1992 until June. Having a primary contest go through June is nothing particularly unusual."
All three candidates have Secret Service protection.
Clinton, the former first lady, has had agents guarding her since her husband's administration; Obama was assigned a protective detail in May 2007; and presumed Republican nominee Sen. John McCain agreed to accept Secret Service protection in April.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
We all live very busy lives but we cannot be too busy to find time for each other, call each other and hug each other.
So my charge to you today is to reach out to all the people that you love. Who knows it may be your last opportunity to do so.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Check out Mr. Olberman going off on the Prez. Hope he is still on TV tonight.
I think the look on Simons face says is all. What is going on with Fantasia. I remember when she first started on Idol and I thought she was the next Aretha Frannklin. Not sure what statement she is trying to make, the song does not make any sense, her hair is flamming red. Someone give her a shout out and tell her she has too much talent to go out like this.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
There is one problem all year she has been telling people that he is not qualified, that she and McCain have the experience but Obama does not.
Funny how sometimes you have to be careful what you say because many times it can come back to bite you.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
This letter is one of the most offensive things I have ever seen. So let me get this straight. Obama has won the most votes, delegates and raised the most money and you want to take the nomination away from him,.
I find this offensive as a American, voter, African American, and supporter of the Democratic party. Does my vote count anymore? Do you think that the American people who voted for Obama are stupid and not capable of making an intelligent decision?
Even before I could vote I supported the Democratic party. I volunteerd for Carter campaign when I was 13 years old and have supported each Democratic nominee since that time. If this party in some back room decides to take this away for Mr. Obama then I will change my affillation from the Democratic party to Republican. Not only will I vote for McCain but I will work for him and donate to his campaign.
The Democratic party cannot take my vote for granted and if they think they can well.... they have another thing coming.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I have to be honest I really think if Obama were a seasoned White politician Hillary would have dropped out a long time ago. Mrs. Clinton does not feel that he belongs there because of his youth and his race and Bill Richardson said she feels a sense of entitlement.
But the handwriting is on the wall and she should leave the race with dignity and grace and get behind Obama. She should do it for herself, for the Democratic party and for the country.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
We will be talking about the upcoming Indiana and North Carolina primaries?
Will the Wright factor matter?
Will Hillary be forced to drop out?
What do voters want the candidates to talk about?
These and other issues we will be talking about on Saturday May 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.
The dial in number is (646) 200-4053
I am right here oberserving all of this foolishness!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes it has been a while since I have posted a comment. Since my last my last post, Obama lost Pennsylvania, gained many super delagats and lost a Pastor. As much as I hate to say this the turn of events have helped Obama. Every since the sermons of Rev. Wright surface the subject of Rev. Wright have held Obama back. Whenever there is an interview with Obama, a debate or analysis the subject always comes up, not his position on education, health care or the war (which is very important to the American people) it is Rev. Wright.
Many people asked why Obama did not denouce Rev. Wright before this time, well honestly it would have been politically suicide. The base of Obama's support is African Americans and the truth is African Americans are very loyal to thier Church and Pastors. We have forgiven our Pastors from everything to Audultry and stealing so a couple of contiversial sermons PLEASE!!!!!!!!! That would have been political suicide for Obama. Rev. Wrights antics at the National Press Club gave Obama an excellent opportunity to denouce Rev. Wright. The speech and question and answer period were not taken out of context and they were not just sound bites. So Mr. Obama did what he had to do. Perhaps this will win him the nominination and perhaps he will win the election. But the truth is Black America lost this week. We watched a black men battle with each other in public and in our community that is a "no no". As the Godfather told his older son Santino " Never let anyone outside the family know whta you are thinking.
So here wer are on the verge of making history but in the end we will be broken as a result of it.