Clinton apologizes for saying Reagan had some good points

As is typical, Hillary Clinton said some nice things about Nancy Reagan but she went too far and had to apologize:

“It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about H.I.V./AIDS back in the 1980s,” Mrs. Clinton, who was attending Mrs. Reagan’s funeral in Simi Valley, Calif., told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “And because of both President and Mrs. Reagan – in particular, Mrs. Reagan – we started a national conversation, when before nobody would talk about it. Nobody wanted anything to do with it.”

Mrs. Clinton wasted little time apologizing.

“While the Reagans were strong advocates for stem cell research and finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, I misspoke about their record on H.I.V. and AIDS,” she said in a statement about two hours after her interview had been shown on MSNBC. “For that, I’m sorry.”

As the article notes, the Reagan administration was horrible on AIDs. This will probably hurt her a bit, but it might be good for Democrats since it will remind people that the favorite president of almost all Republicans was nowhere to be found when the US faced one of the worst public health disasters of recent times. In fact, the President’s press secretary literally laughed at questions about it.

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