McAuliffe: RFK remark ‘has nothing to do with Senator Obama’
Fox’s Chris Wallace talked with Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe about remarks made by Hillary Clinton that referenced Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination. McAuliffe repeated Clinton’s apology to the Kennedy family but said the remarks were not about Barack Obama.
McAuliffe explained the context Clinton’s remarks. “Well, what she was talking about was the timeline. Everyone has told her to get out of the race. She has said I’m not getting out of the race, nor should I get out of the race, and she was referring to the timeline, how these events have gone into June.”, said McAuliffe.
Blaming the press for hyping the remarks, McAuliffe said, “It’s happened in the past. She made a very similar statement, as you know, in ‘Time’ magazine in March. Nobody said anything about it. It’s unfortunate. The people on the editorial board didn’t misinterpret it at all. But it’s unfortunate. A hyped up press over Memorial Day weekend tried to take these words out of context. She was making a point merely about the timeline.”
On Friday, Clinton had apologized for her remarks. She said, “The Kennedys have been much on my mind the last days because of Senator Kennedy, and I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation, in particular for the Kennedy family, was in any way offensive, I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever.”
Chris Wallace called Clinton’s attempt at damage control “one of those classic Washington non-apology apologies.”
McAuliffe said that Clinton’s apology was most likely directed towards the Kennedy family. When asked specifically whether an apology to the Obama family was necessary, McAuliffe said, “This has nothing to with Senator Obama or his campaign. It was about Hillary Clinton staying in the race.”
This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast May 24, 2008.