November 12th, 2007
04:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Watch Clinton's controversial question

Watch Sen. Clinton's exchange with a college student in Newton, Iowa last week.

(CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign admitted Friday that a staffer spoke to potential questioners prior to an event about energy policy last week in Newton, Iowa. 

Now you can watch the moment for yourself as Sen. Clinton calls on Muriel Gallo-Casanoff, a Grinnell College student, who asks Clinton a question about global warming.  Then, Clinton proceeds to give a long, detailed answer about what she would do as president to combat global warming.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I would of hope she answered "I would study why Mars is also warming – then I would ask Al Gore why he shows CO2 levels rising at the same rate as heat levels...even though a closer look at the chart reveals they are a thousand years apart??" – yes...we are warming (1 degree in a hundred years) – from 1940 to 1980...we cooled...odd how cylical we are....

    November 12, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    I am a McCain fan and will not support Hillary Clinton because of her many double stands - most noticibly her nonanswers on illegal immigrant driver license and how she blamed her rivals piling on her.

    That being said, I am glad that she has admitted to this mistake. Every campaign makes mistake and as long as she admits it, it is a very positive step.

    November 12, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Dilligaf, NY

    From Newsmax:

    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that she had no idea that her presidential campaign had planted questions during public appearances.

    "It was news to me," Clinton said, according to Fox News. "And neither I nor my campaign approve of that. And it will certainly not be tolerated."

    When asked Sunday if there were any other similar incidents, Clinton said: "You know everything I know."

    Just like Sgt. Schulz in Hogan's Heroes .... I know nuthin'! Watch the video and tell me she didn't know it was coming. She's lookin' at her freakin' notes while she's answering the question! What a bold-faced liar she is!

    November 12, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Darko, New Orleans LA

    How's is she supposed to run a presidential administration if she isn't even aware of what her campaign staff is up to?

    But I'm sure it's just a big Right Wing Conspiracy eh Hill?

    November 12, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Phil Chicago, Ill

    This is nothing more than staged theater. No fear – no worry of hearing the real concerns of Americans... just the softball questions from eager supporters.

    Voters need to see how these candidates will react in REAL, spontaneous, and sometimes less-friendly environments to determine who has the best approach, composure, and maturity to lead our nation and participate in the global economy.

    Hillary is too afraid.

    Fake questions for a fake candidate.

    November 12, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Jim, Atlanta, GA

    Not surprising. the others are gaining on her.

    November 12, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Her campaign has stated in the past how hands on she is and is part of every detail.

    I guess that is the case EXCEPT when vetting donors and setting up questions.

    She will soon come out and say Billyboy doesn't speak for her and either does Geraldine Ferraro, yeah right, every step is calculated and planned.

    Sorry sheep, she is going down and I am enjoying this immensely.

    November 12, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. Oscar, Rio Vista, CA

    Get a clue everyone. She is politics as usual. This tactic is exactly the same one that Bush uses. Isn't everyone sick of Bush and Clinton. Let's make a fresh start next year with either an Edwards/Obama ticket or an Obama/Edwards ticket. I'm so tired of all this crapola.

    November 12, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |

    She is not loosing ,the media will say anything to get a race going.who cares about the illegals its everyones problem,its all states just not Hillary's answer in 24 seconds.thats stupid. and Tim Russert is nothing but a drunk.MTP oh gag me Tim Russert.This is why we are divided because of the MEDIA<do not believe them.They get paid millions to say what you want ot hear not what we want to say at all.

    November 12, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. D Ward Mena, AR

    HOw can Hillary Clinton be chastised so badly for a staffer planting a question. If she didn't know it happened how can she be at fault. The press is just going after Hillary tooth and nail for some reason. She doesn't need the republicans to go after her because she has her Democrat opponents and the press doing their dirty work for them. It's time to stop and judge her on her merit, not the fact that she is ahead in the polls and they can't stand it .IF the only way obama or edwards can advance in the polls is to tear down their opponent then they don't need to be in the race, let alone the nominee.

    November 12, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. mountain man

    Big deal all the campaigns do it, yes even Obama's people.

    November 12, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Just take a minute and think about the logic with this. She had to have known, otherwise, why would her staff bother setting up a question for her to answer? How would she know what student to call on otherwise? Yes, it's a great way to get heard and tell exactly what you want others to hear, but does it show true leadership ability? My answer is no... and yes, I am a registered Democrat. I don't trust this lady and don't believe for a second she has what it takes to lead our country. I believe things will continue as they are now. She is the only Democratic candidate voting to support Bush right down the line.

    November 12, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Hiding in the hills

    I cannot wait for this lady (and I use that term very hesitantly) to become unglued and throws a temper tantrum live on stage in front of millions of people.

    November 12, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. in the know D.C.

    if she can't even control her staffers, how can she possibly run a country? she didn't know? now that is what you call great leadership. har har har. what a JOKE.

    November 12, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. John Jones rexburg, idaho

    She had no clue they were going to ask a question? then why did the staffer bother to set it up then? if she would have never asked the person, then what would have been the point? she must take us average americans for a bunch of fools!

    November 12, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. Betty Jones Billings Montana

    I fell asleep during that video, she needs to rehurse it more, how boring can one person be? it didn't sound like there was any conviction in it at all. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ, for a minute I thought it was Al Gore YAWN!

    November 12, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. xtina - chicago, IL

    Oh please, Hill is the most practiced politician out there. She has standard answers and like an actor or salesman, just paraphrases the answer each time. But the other candidates- both sides- are not much different.

    November 12, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. Joe, Main St USA

    The "I know nothing" routine is typical staged politics. What is more interesting is her response. Her answer to global warming is make companies bid on permits to pollute the air! Nothing but a moneygrabbing scheme. She says this will lower costs to consumers. Hello? Where do you think the permit cost will get passed on to? The consumers!!! Will someone ANYONE read business 101?!?!?!? And how does paying extra money to authorize polluting actually reversing global warming? Doesn't make sense. Just like the rest of her campaign. God help us.

    November 12, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. readbtwthlins

    Fake question
    Fake answer
    Fake people

    Welcome back my friends to a show that never ends, come inside, come inside.

    November 12, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. demwit

    I hear FEMA has an opening..

    November 12, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Oh please, this was nothing and you're being naive if you don't know that it's common practice in most campaigns. It's one way for the candidate to get out his/her message of the day. Even Pat Buchanan defended her tonight on MSNBC, he too said that it was a minor issue.

    November 12, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. aj huntington ny

    good comment, demwit; you should get to ny, I hear stewart and colbert need material – they can't function without reading scripts...

    November 12, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    This is typical of Clinton. It's also typical of the sort of stale, rehearsed politics that have drove this country into the ground for longer than the six years Bush has been in office. It started with the Clintons manipulating the media, and it got worse, a lot worse, under Bush.

    the only honest politician out there, in fact the only true leader, is Barack Obama. The more people learn about him, the less chance Hillary has got.

    November 12, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Wake up fellow Democrats! Hillary is not one of us! If she represents your values and beliefs, you are a REPUBLICAN and should change your registration over to that side. We need REAL CHANGE, REAL QUICK!

    Edwards/Obama or Obama/Edwards '08

    November 12, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  25. Eric, proud member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, from THE Republic of Texas

    Why would the self-described "smartest woman in the world" need planted questions?

    November 12, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
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