WASHINGTON--Speaking to reporters on his campaign plane flying from San Juan, PR to Chicago on Saturday, likely Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he will have to pick a running mate "quickly" once the primary and caucus votes are over.
And.. while the Obama campaign fanned the controversy on Friday over rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by sending out a reaction quote and a link to her comments about Bobby Kennedy and assassination--locking in perceptions--Obama was somewhat more charitable on Saturday.
"I mean, I think it was an unfortunate remark, but as I said today, I think that when you’re on the campaign trail for 15 months, you’re going to make some mistakes. I don’t think Senator Clinton intended anything by it, and I think we should put it behind us."
On other matters:
*Obama has been attacked by presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Az.), a former prisoner of war for not having served in the military. Explained Obama, "I didn’t serve as many people my age didn’t because Vietnam was over at the time I was draft age and moved to an all-volunteer army."
*Declined, when asked, to call on people to stop buying gas guzzling SUV's. He said he owns a hybrid.