Hillary Clinton today brought up the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy while defending her decision to stay in the race against Barack Obama.
“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, dismissing calls to drop out.
Yeah, sure, if Obama somehow gets assassinated, I’m sure she’d be the next one in line, but IS SHE OUT OF HER MIND? What on earth possessed her to say that?
And by the way, for all of you Clinton supporters out there, waiting for somebody to get shot is not a campaign strategy.
On the upside, this has the potential to completely eliminate her from the VP selection process.
More as it develops…
(h/t: Rick Klau)
Obama’s camp has issued a statement (via Drudge):
Senator Clinton’s statement before the ARGUS LEADER editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign, said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton…
More as it develops…
I just deleted a comment that had a laundry list of “suspicious” people dying who’ve been associated with the Cilnton, and I’ll continue to delete comments that try to tie nonsense to her. Talk about this situation and this situation alone.
This is the clip, but what leads into it is this…”My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right?”
LATEST UPDATE (3:30 PM):
Politico reports she was answering a question about why she hasn’t heeded calls to drop out, which lines up with NY Post’s interpretation…
Hillary Clinton today cited the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy during the 1968 presidential campaign to explain why she was remaining in the race despite long odds.
“We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California,” Clinton told the editorial board of a South Dakota newspaper. ” I don’t understand it,” Clinton added, alluding to the calls for her to quit.
Clinton made the statement after pointing out that her husband didn’t lock up the nomination until June of 1992, trying to point out that, by past history, it’s not late in the campaign.
The picture is starting to get clearer, and it’s not good.
CLINTON STATEMENT (3:55 PM):
Here’s what they have to say…
“She was simply referencing her husband in 1992 and Bobby Kennedy in 1968 as historic examples of the nominating process going well into the summer. Any reading into beyond that would be inaccurate.”
But aren’t there a bunch of other examples? Gary Hart? Teddy Kennedy? Numerous others?
Still, it’s a big, big, big gaffe and deserving of all the WTFs in the blogosphere.