January 31st, 2008
02:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Bill Clinton takes on heckler

CNN

Watch Bill Clinton take on a heckler Thursday.

(CNN) - Bill Clinton engaged with a heckler head on Thursday at a Denver campaign stop.

The former president had just begun his speech when a man began to shout about 9/11 conspiracies.

As security attempted to escort him out, Clinton stopped his speech, saying, "What are you screaming about? Let him talk."

"Are you one of those it-was-an-inside-job guys? Let me tell you something…I let you be rude and interrupt me, scream at the top of your lungs. 9/11 was not an inside job; it was an Osama bin Laden job with 19 people from Saudi Arabia," Clinton continued. "They murdered 3000 Americans and others foreigners, including over 200 other Muslims. And we look like idiots, folks, denying that the people who murdered our fellow citizens did it when they are continuing to murder all around the world. So we heard from you: you go away."


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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. some guy

    The heckler lacks intelligence - most likely an Obama supporter.

    January 31, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Gina

    probably someone from the obama camp.

    January 31, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Cory Fisher

    Bill Clinton and Hillary both have attended the BilderBurg Group. A group of some of the most influential people in the world. There are no reports about it, and there is no coverage of it, why?

    I'm not saying 9/11 was an inside job, but there is something wrong with the way 9/11 is portrayed and used against all of us who question the authenticity of it.

    January 31, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Jon

    Right on Bill Clinton!

    Regardless of what candidate you support, you gotta support your country!

    January 31, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. C.Lo

    An ex-president, a mining deal and a big donor
    Huge Kazakh deal follows financier’s trip with Clinton, precedes donation

    January 31, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Jack ny, ny

    that was great. I love you Bill.

    January 31, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Fred, Reston Va

    See. the Clintons bring SUBSTANCE over rhetoric. Obama is such a nightmare. He just does not know what he is doing.

    Here is another Dem going for McCain or staying home if Obama gets the nomination. and I am black.

    January 31, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Rick

    Looking forward to see how the Obama worshipers spin this against Hillary. I've got popcorn in hand . . .

    January 31, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Yuck

    Seriously, this topic aside, shouldn't all the candidates SPOUSES go on speaking tours to show their support for their "other half"? Bill just needs to go look at some scrapbooks of his 8 years in office and SHUT UP. Bill needs to stop beating the Hillary drum and bow out.

    January 31, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Erin

    Yeah Bill!

    January 31, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Don in CA.

    Not a big fan of Bill but I respect his standing up to the nutroots. I guess this means that Rosie won't be contributing to Hillary's campaign.

    January 31, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. The Bard

    This has happened before at Clinton rallies, and Bill always seems ready for it. If anyone on the campaign trail is to blame, then Hillary herself is the more likely candidate. It's always good for an easy headline (thanks, CNN!), and Lord knows she needs those more than ever nowadays.

    January 31, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Karma, Hartford CT.

    I love how every time someone says something negative about the Clintons it must be some inside job by an Obama supporter. As if they are the only ones that could possibly dislike them.

    January 31, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Illinois voter

    Bill Clinton has taken on a lot criticism for his off-the-cuff remarks lately, much of it unfair criticism. Bill has been fed numerous insulting questions, the best example of which was the reporter that had the nerve to ask Bill, "so what does it say of Obama that it takes both Hillary and you to beat him" in South Carolina. The reporter failed to qualify his question by acknowledging the widely accepted fact that Obama had a demographic advantage in South Carolina. Bill simply reminded the rude reporter of Obama's demographic advantage in a gentle and indirect manner, invoking Jesse Jackson as a historical example; but alas, it was Bill who was vilified.

    Bill Clinton deserves praise for his no-nonsense, matter-of-fact speeches, where he does not shy away from critics, but intelligently rattles off solutions for issue after issue in a manner which leaves Obama's motivational rhetoric sounding hollow and aloof.

    Hillary '08

    January 31, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Donald

    President Clinton is right to take on this heckler. There is no need to mention Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is this thread. God knows there are plenty of other threads on CNN that set that up for Obama and Hillary supporters.

    January 31, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Jim

    CNN A clear example that the CLINTON's are listening, folks! He even stopped his speech to hear the heckler, gave him his chance to talk and then replied. Way to go Bill Clinton,
    I was at his and Chelsy's event in Oklahoma City yesterday Jan. 30. Over 5,000 people packed the feild house on O.U. campus. He never put anyone down, gave a very nice speech, had the young crowd energized. Not even the person that the press tries to present. Chelsy also took questions from the students while her father attended a private fundraiser. The Oklahoma City crowd welcomed them open heartedly and there were NO hecklers.

    Clinton has my VOTE!!!

    January 31, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. California Independent

    Break out the kool-aid and popcorn, here come the Obamabots.

    January 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Bill

    Sorry ex Pres, I voted for you but if you think I want to listen to your ramblings and dotty pontificating for another 4 years with Hillary in the Oval Office I say right back at you:

    WE HEARD FROM YOU, BILL, YOU GO AWAY!!

    January 31, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Liv Manto

    No, Yuck, you shut up. Just because you dont have a loved one who fights for you, you dont have to hate people who are loved and protected by someone. All of us Hillary followers, were not doing this for the money, were doing this because we know shes capable of changing the world for the better, despite you haters say. Go get a date or something so you wouldnt hate people who hasnt done anything evil to you. Check out the gas prices, check out if you can pay your mortgage still. If you cant get married, its probably because all the men our out there dying or returning damaged.

    January 31, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Charles T, VA

    Nice try to build your image back bill, but you don't fool me. Yeah right, plant someone to yell about 9/11 being an inside job so you can respond as a true patriot after your kazakGATE ($131m) scandal on the news today.

    I can just see it now, using your image to convince presidents to give contracts to your friends who will later donate to you; telling that hillary will do what i say because i'm her husband.

    I don't doubt your patriotism but i doubt your honesty. I wonder why the guy of all issues chosed to yell about 9-11 and not your new scandal KazakGATE. Another milestone bill, keep it up but not with my tax dollars. Go home, Obama please come and clean the white house and as a constitutional lawyer Investigate the past 20years of the Presidency and jail all of them found guilty.

    January 31, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Dem08

    All the spouses do go out and speak for their "other half". Bill Clinton is brillant and from the town hall I watched on line yesterday, everyone should have a chance to hear him speak on behalf of Hillary.

    January 31, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Jessica

    No doubt Clinton feels guilty

    January 31, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. James, Charlotte NC

    Racist Bill is opening his mouth again. I thought the Clinton campaign was going to put him on the sidelines.

    January 31, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Matt, Chico, CA

    Never thought I would say this..... but good for Bill

    January 31, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. American

    If Saudi Arabians did it why are we in Iraq? Why are we even having this discussion still? Trillions of dollars into debt now for a war which has no merit. Sad really. War benefits no one. Love, not war. Peace, not hate. Forgiveness, not revenge.

    January 31, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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