Clinton said she hoped the incident was “something that you can look over.”
“On a couple of occasions in the last weeks, I just said some things that weren't in keeping with what I knew to be the case and what I had written about in my book,” she said. “And, you know, I'm embarrassed by it. I have apologized for it. I've said it was a mistake. And it is, I hope, something that you can look over.”
“You know, that happens when you're talking as much as we have talked,” she said. “But, you know, I'm very sorry that I said it. And I have said that, you know, it just didn't jive with what I had written about and knew to be the truth.”
Both Clinton and Obama expressed fear these issues would be fodder for Republicans to use against them in a general election.
Clinton noted “the Republicans, who are pretty shrewd about what it takes to win” were eager to “jump on the comments” Obama recently made at a private fundraiser in San Francisco. There, he suggested “bitter” Americans, like those in Pennsylvania “cling” to issues like gun rights, marriage and border security when faced with economic hardship.
Obama similarly said, “I promise you, if Senator Clinton got the nomination, there will be a whole bunch of video clips about other things [other than Rev. Wright]. In a general election, we know that there are going to be all kinds of attacks launched and leveled…you know, the notion that somehow the American people are going to be distracted once again by comments not made by me, but somebody who is associated with me that I have disowned, that doesn’t give the American people enough credit.”
Obama clarified after making this statement that he had not disowned Wright, but rather the controversial statements Wright has made in the past.