March 26th, 2008
08:50 AM ET
3 years ago

Chelsea Clinton dismisses Lewinsky question

CNN

Watch Chelsea Clinton field a question about Monica Lewinsky.

(CNN) - Chelsea Clinton has fielded a lot of questions as she campaigns for her mother's presidential bid, but on Tuesday the former first daughter faced a particularly awkward query for the first time.

Campaigning at Butler University in Indianapolis, an audience member asked the 28 year-old whether the Monica Lewinsky scandal had damaged her mother's reputation.

"Wow, you're the first person actually that's ever asked me that question in the, I don't know maybe, 70 college campuses I've now been to, and I do not think that is any of your business," Clinton responded, appearing a bit surprised by the question. The crowd immediately cheered loudly at the response.

It was supposed to be the last question of the event, but Chelsea Clinton decided to take one more, saying, "I don't think that should be the last question."

Though she has faced the glare of public life since she was a girl, Chelsea Clinton has contended with renewed press coverage after taking on a more prominent role in her mother's campaign earlier this year.

The Monica Lewinsky scandal made a brief return to the news last week, when newly-released White House schedules indicated Hillary Clinton was likely in the White House during at least 6 reported instances of encounters between her husband and the former White House intern.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Kurt

    "...an audience member asked the 28 year-old whether the Monica Lewinsky scandal had damaged her mother's reputation."

    "I do not think that is any of your business."

    Wrong answer.

    Since your mother is running for president, how a well known scandal (in an administration she takes full credit for being a part of) affected her reputation is certainly fair game.

    March 25, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. suzy

    Come on Hillary supporters!

    Let's stop even engaging in these "educated" blogs (right!)

    It's obvious who the smart ones are.
    Some of these comments are just stupid and ridiculous!

    I say we don't waste our time – then they can start being rude to teach other.

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Bernadette Wheeler

    Good for her!

    March 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. jwilliams

    Way to go Chelsea !!!!!dzyjne I agree with you.It is no ones business and you never know what you would do if you found out your spouse was cheating on you. And If they can work things out that is great!!! If you havn't experienced such a thing you should keep quite.

    March 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Renee

    Chelsea did good by telling that person that was not their business. But Hillary, she said that she misspoke on the Sniper fire in Bosnia. No she didnot misspoke SHE LIED LIED LIED. Deceived the people of America. What eles has Hilliary LIED ABOUT.

    March 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. PLM

    I think it was a pretty poor choice by the questioner to ask Chelsea about this. Ask Hillary if you want, but don't drag Chelsea into it. She had nothing to do with the whole Monica Lewinsky debacle.

    March 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. carliss

    she need to get off the campaign trail if she cant handle her parents deceit and lies.

    March 25, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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