Clinton campaign chair Terry MacAuliffe told “Fox News Sunday” that the Obama campaign was responsible for stirring controversy over Hillary Clinton’s assassination remark. MacAuliffe also challenged the basis for uproar: “If Robert F. Kennedy Jr. doesn’t find offense to it, why is it that everybody else should?”
Come on, Terry. People aren’t upset because they think the Kennedy family has been offended.
Barack Obama seemed to dismiss the controversy, telling reporters “when you’re on the campaign trail for 15 months, you’re going to make some mistakes. I don’t think Sen. Clinton intended anything by it, and I think we should put it behind us.” However, his campaign has, as MacAuliffe suggested, distributed commentaries criticizing Clinton’s remark.
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.” “She was making a point merely about the time line.”
The issue is particularly sensitive given longstanding concerns about Obama’s safety as a presidential candidate. (He first received Secret Service protection last May.) The Obama campaign called Clinton’s words unfortunate and circulated a TV commentary criticizing them, although Obama himself said Saturday that he took Clinton at her word that she meant no harm.