November 10th, 2007
03:48 PM ET
7 years ago

Democratic rivals respond to Clinton's planted question

Edwards said staging questions in an audience is "what George Bush does.".

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said Saturday that staging questions in an audience is something he doesn't do and that it's "what George Bush does."

"That's what George Bush does," the former senator from North Carolina said. "George Bush goes to events that are staged, where people are screened, where the'yre only allowed to ask questions if the questions are favorable to George Bush and set up in his favor."

On Friday, the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, issued a statement to CNN in response to an article written by a college newspaper that included the accusation that the campaign suggested a student ask a certain question.

“On this occasion a member of our staff did discuss a possible question about Senator Clinton's energy plan at a forum,” campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee said in the statement. “However, Senator Clinton did not know which questioners she was calling on during the event. This is not standard policy and will not be repeated again.”

"That's not the way democracy works in Iowa," Edwards said in response to questions on the topic, "and it's not the way it works in New Hampshire. I mean if you actually want to be president of the United States, you go out, you face people–which I've done–in every one of the 99 counties in Iowa and answer their questions."

"We don't stage questions. We go in and answer the questions that are asked, and that's the way it's supposed to work in the caucus process."

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, responding to the same question, simply said, "It's not a terribly wise thing to do."

Related: Watch Clinton's controversial question 

Related: Obama: We don't plant questions

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Filed under: Chris Dodd • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • John Edwards • Race to '08
soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Type the word Clinton and watch the d and f students of hate radio and Fox, bark and salivate. Good puppy, have a doggie biscuit!!!

    Posted By Sam, IA : November 11, 2007 5:47 am

    "Sam", i'll write this slow so your F- mentality can understand.

    Not everyone rightfully hammering Hillarity here is a Republican, nor does everyone watch only watch Fox.

    I know you post the same thing EVERYTIME your beloved queen screws up, just like the Clintons say, it is always the fault of "the vast right-wing conpiracy" or maybe "the vast left-wing conspiracy".

    I stand by what I have said before about Hillarity, she can be caught on tape robbing a church, with a KKK shirt on, whistling dixe and you apologists would find a way to explain it away and this blog further proves your cult like devotion to this fraud.

    She is going down and I am enjoying her downfall.

    November 11, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Marc M, New Orleans,LA

    Umm...Bush is the KING of scripted questions! He is famous for scripted questions, events where ONLY W supporters are allowed to attend questions, loyalty oaths, etc.

    What about the gay male prostitute that W's white house paid to act like a reporter and ask scripted, softball questions followed by praise. His name was Jeff Gannon, look it up!

    Where might W have learned this? From his DADDY, who ONLY had contrived events with ALL scripted questions!

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE0DF1E3EF93BA15752C1A967958260

    Of course in GOP land, nothing is wrong UNTIL A CLINTON DOES IT!

    Hillaries behavior in this area PALES in comparison!

    November 12, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  3. Larry David Illinois

    big surprise they were planted. She probably didn't answer that one either!

    November 12, 2007 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  4. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    Someone would have to be EXTREMELY NAIVE…or EXTREMELY DESPERATE…to believe that Hillary didn't know these questions were planted….it happened not once..but TWICE!!

    Come on people……get a clue!!!

    November 12, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. get a clue NY

    why do libs always say it is okay because bush does/did it? isn't that the point? we want change. She doesn't get a pass because some other moron did it, we are tired of morons in the White House!

    November 12, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Benjamin Oman NC

    how come so many Hillary supporters are always comparing her to Bush? I thought the idea was to say that you are different not that it is okay because the GOP did it. She always says how bad they are then says it is okay because they did it, am I missing something.

    November 12, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. John, Baltimore, MD

    "how come so many Hillary supporters are always comparing her to Bush? I thought the idea was to say that you are different not that it is okay because the GOP did it. She always says how bad they are then says it is okay because they did it, am I missing something."

    *******************

    You're not missing anything at all, Benjamin. Hillary's not some virgin that just emerged. Her legacy is one of everything that is wrong with American politics. There are a lot of skeletons in her closet...to think not would be naive.

    November 13, 2007 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  8. Will - Boston MA

    In this story Edwards states:
    "John Edwards said Saturday that staging questions in an audience is something he doesn't do and that it's "what George Bush does."

    When are the Democrats going to get it through their heads they are not running against Bush!! I as a voter am getting disgusted at hearing George Bush ad nauseum! Tell me how you are different from the othert candidates, tell me what you will do for us as a nation. We know what has gone wrong with the current administration. Give me new ideas and plans or your campaign will falter!!!!

    November 13, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. Jamie Skinner, Santa Ana, CA

    As you can clearly see all of the candidates are dummies! Put down the cue cards and speak from the heart. So much for their so called intelligence and experience.

    November 13, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Hillary is as crooked as Dick Cheney's darth vader mask. I'm sickened by politics as usual. Outraged actually. I was at least giving her the benefit of the doubt, but as time goes on, she's proving to be less and less Bush-lite and more and more Bush dark.

    Obama/Edwards in 08.

    November 13, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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