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. Indiana Bob

    If figures that most of the Obama supporters think this was a good question. You people really need to slow down on the Kool-Aid. It is destroying your very limited supply of brain cells.

    March 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Deirdre

    How is that question relevant to the nominee's current campaign? Hillary Clinton certainly had no control over the extracurricular activities pursued by her husband & intern. Bill & Monica's rep obviously was damaged, and Hillary (for the most part) was pitied as the betrayed wife. I believe this was all hashed out years ago. It's not relevant anymore. It was simply an inflammatory comment made by a person who just wanted to watch their daughter squirm. It was rude, and voyeuristic in nature. I think Chelsea gave the best answer by saying "Not your business."

    I believe a more relevant question regarding Hillary's reputation should have been: "Do you think the WHITEWATER scandal damaged her mother's reputation..."

    March 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. S.Joshi

    "We all know what dad was doing in the WH, right? Do you understand who was actually running the show! So vote for mom, she is the real stuff! uh! The Clinton threesome is a bit frayed. The politcal page with the Clintons has to be turned for good!

    March 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Ginger

    HOORAY FOR CHELSEA!!!

    I was so very proud of her in the way that she handled this tasteless question that has nothing to do with any actually important issue. I hope Wolf and Jack take a moment to give this young woman some credit for being better than any other "surrogate" (all be they older, more experienced, and supposedly wiser)

    Too bad we can't elect her....yet...

    March 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. John Kay

    Maybe she should avoid the question and answer section of the campaign. If not her father's infidelity will always put her on the defensive. Mr Bill; have you seen the pain you have caused your daughter?

    March 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Leo

    It's our business when it comes to the governer of New York, so it is certainly our business when it comes to the President of our nation. A few people in this country do still believe in morals ... I hope!

    March 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. gdouglas

    be interesting to see if the person who asked yhe question is an obama supporter. kind of gutter politics. i wonder what skeletons are in the clost of the person who asked that question

    March 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Joan

    Another thought. Surely as we get further into the gutter in this campaign someone is surely going to question how we are that President Bill Clinton would not during a potential Hillary Clinton presidency have another fling. Is there a way to impeach a First Spouse?

    March 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. Scott

    It was her right to say NUNYA. However, high politicking is a serious business. Perhaps that was the best thing to say. Obviously, her parents have enough faith in her to actually tour. That says a lot to me.

    March 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Obama Richardson

    Gawd, she sounds like her mother!

    Watch Hillary squirm this week. Getting caught in yet another lie, and being pressured by even more Dems to step down.

    Of course the lie will blow over and she'll lie again, and she'll stab Obama many more times in the back and other parts of his body in her attempt to get ahead. America is tired of her. Let's get on with this nomination and get on with life.

    There's more to life and this country than Hillary Clinton!

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

    CONGRAT TO CHELSEA.WAY TO GO

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

    Good for Chelsea but boo to her parents. Either they shouldn't have let her campaign or they should have prepared her to answer the question.

    Chelsea's father was the 2nd President impeached by the House. She will have to deal with that fact – and this kind of question – for the rest of her life.

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

    GOOD FOR YOU CHELSEA!!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. 4REAL

    Actually she needs to be prepared and answer the question whether they like her response or not. Now that she is grown Chelsea needs to know what type of life her parents lead while she was a child.

    March 25, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. Bubba

    Hillary must divorce Bubba. He is a detriment to her; not as a political hack, but as a "husband." She knows she must do this to save whatever "honor" she has left. This would be a powerful event, for women and men alike.

    March 25, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. stanley

    I'm for Obama 100%, but good for Chelsea. She responded to that one perfectly. I'm just sorry she had to deal with it at all.

    March 25, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. GLMoore

    Chelsea is not a child. However, she is Hillary and Bill Clinton's child. As a father I would never put my daughter in such a position as they have put their daughter. But, that being said, the questions about the Monica days will keep on coming and if they don't want their child to have to deal with this, they need to take her out of the line of fire.

    March 25, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. CLINTON CLINE

    WHOM EVER,
    WAY TO GO CHELSEE ,IT IS NOT ANY ONES BUSSINESS WHAT HAPPENED WHIT YOUR PARENTS WHEN BILL WAS IN THE WHITEHOUSE .YOU TELL EM BABY.I THINK THAT HILLARY IS AWSOME AND IF SHE IS NOT THE NOMINEE I WILL NOT VOTE IN NOVEMBER.THEY HAVE GAV EHER TO MUCH BULL..... IF YOU ASK ME NOW WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT OBAMA HE CAN NOT TAKE IT WHAT THE .... IS HE GONNA DO IF HE WINS WHEN A PROBLEMS PRESENTS ITS SELF CALL SOMEONE ELSE. YOU DO WHAT YOU HALF TO WHEN SOME STUPID PERSON HAS THE GALL TO ASK YOU A STUPID QUESTION LIKE THAT
    CLINTON CLINE WEST VIRGINA

    March 25, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. Cindy

    Good for you Chelsea! That really was the right answer.

    Regardless if her mom is running for public office or not, both Chelsea and Hillary have a right to privacy about this issue.

    Bill on the other hand, does not. I don't think he would have handled the question as well as Chelsea did, either.

    March 25, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Hillary 2008

    Wow! This is great answer to punch those Obama's stupid supporters' faces!

    Chelsea is an outstanding girl among our age!

    You are a great daughter as well!

    Go Hillary ! God bless you!

    March 25, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. Amy

    Totally inappropriate question in the first place, but of all people, Chelsea is in no position to answer it. Never should have been asked–what does it matter? Has nothing to do with anything! She handled the question very maturely and with dignity–good for her!

    March 25, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    ok here is a news flash is was BILL and NOT Hillary that had an affair and I don't know about everyone else but I would sure hate to be held responsible for everything my parents or my spouse did! So please get off this, it is old and unimportant. Hillary is going to win this nomination because she is the best person for the job. She is still working hard and Barack is lounging on the beach-hummm-what does that tell us? This man has not real sense of what it takes to be president, the abmount of hard wrok involved. Hillary does and I beg the rest of you to wake up and realize he is very good at giving speeches but that is about it. Hillary is the only person to beat McCain in Nov. take another look at the national polls-the rest of the nation is waking up too. Hillary 08!

    March 25, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. Michelle

    If your father was impeached for lying to a grand jury over Monica.. you bet it is our business.

    If American taxpayers had to spend 50 million in taxes, to investigate your father's lies then it is OUR business.

    Sorry Chelsey, if you can't stand the heat, get off of the campaign trail. Your parents both have a lot to answer for to the American people.

    March 25, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. MacD-Florida

    Good response, Chelsea!

    March 25, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. It IS her business

    Having your mother running for president of the USA, I think it is everyones business for you to answer the question sweet heart.

    March 25, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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