Argus Leader editor responds to RFK controversy

In a statement, the paper's executive editor discussed the context of Hillary Clinton's comment about the timing of the presidential campaign and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

By Alex Koppelman
May 24, 2008 3:14AM (UTC)
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Hillary Clinton's campaign has just sent out a statement released by the editor at the South Dakota newspaper whose editorial board Clinton was meeting with when she referenced the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in discussing her rationale for remaining in the presidential race.

In the statement, Randell Beck, the executive editor of the Argus Leader, defends Clinton, saying, "The context of the question and answer with Sen. Clinton was whether her continued candidacy jeopardized party unity this 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."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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