‘Let’s Move Forward’, Axelrod Says of Clinton RFK Gaffe

By Lindsey Ellerson

May 25, 2008 11:34am

ABC News’ Mary Bruce reports: Sen. Barack Obama’s chief strategist asserted this morning that his campaign is not trying to stir up and prolong concern surrounding Sen. Hillary Clinton’s comments on Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination.

"As far as we’re concerned, this issue is done,” Axelrod said in an exclusive appearance on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “It was an unfortunate statement, as we said, as she’s acknowledged. She has apologized. … Let’s move forward."

However, as recently as Saturday, Obama’s campaign was bringing attention to the incident by sharing harsh commentary against Clinton from another television network.

On Friday, when referencing historical contests that have extended into June, Clinton explained, "We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California."

The Obama campaign initially reacted negatively, saying the comment was "unfortunate and has no place in this campaign."

Axelrod went on to say he believes the nomination contest is coming to a close.

“This isn’t ‘American Idol,’ OK?” he said. “This is a nominating process. We have rules. We elect delegates state by state. Sen. Obama has built a lead over these six– over these five months. And we expect on June 3 that this process will come to an end.”

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