April 1st, 2008
09:00 AM ET
7 years ago

Chelsea Clinton confronts another Lewinsky question


Chelsea Clinton received another question Monday that she chose not to answer.

(CNN) - It's a subject Chelsea Clinton would clearly like to avoid, but the former first daughter again fielded a question on the Monica Lewinsky scandal Monday.

Campaigning at North Carolina State, a student brought up the touchy-subject, saying the scandal was the public's business since the incident occurred when her father was President of the United States.

The younger Clinton sharply disagreed she should discuss the matter.

"It's none of your business," she said. "That is something that is personal to my family. I'm sure there are things that are personal to your family that you don't think are anyone else's business either."

As the student left the event, the former first daughter also said she doesn't think people should "vote for or against my mother because of my father.

The student later defended his comments to CNN affiliated WTVD, saying "I felt that it is our business because he was president at the time, and his first duty is to be chief citizen."

The comments follow an incident at Butler University last week when a student asked whether the scandal had hurt her mother's reputation.

Chelsea Clinton appeared taken aback by the question, saying, "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."

The Butler student later said he was a supporter of Hillary Clinton's who was merely giving the former first daughter an opportunity to show how strong her mother is.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Chelsea Clinton
soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. Shannon Shiflett

    It IS our business. And people SHOULD NOT vote for Clinton because her HUSBAND signed NAFTA into law. In fact, both the Dems and the Repubs are responsible for it, which is why I have decided not to vote for Obama after all. A 3rd party candidate will get my vote in November. I'm no longer fooled by this two-party system.

    March 31, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Paul

    "If you can't handle the heat get out of the kitchen." (Hillary Clinton)

    Listen to your mother, quit campaigning if you can't handle the heat. That is a perfectly legitimate question, more so than Obama having to answer all of these Reverand Wright allegations. Get off of your high horse Chelsea, how are are you now, 27? Last time I checked that means you are an adult now.

    March 31, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Stupid Children..

    Well, I hope the kids learn from this and listen to her – this is NOT about her father – this IS about her mother and her mothers abilities to lead this nation. Wish the Camp Obama club of that age would just grow up!

    March 31, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. She's A Skank, Too

    Good, I hope this chinless wonder gets that question every time. If her mother is running for the highest office in the land–it's fair game. First of all, Bill had the affair in the Oval Office–a place of public business. We were paying for his salary while he was at work, having an affair.

    Grow up Chelsea, either you're going to be mommy's little girl or a grown-up surrogate. You can't have it both ways.

    The press has been giving her a free ride. If I have my way, her parents will not crawl back into the White House.

    March 31, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Chelsea is right to tell these busy-bodies to mine their own business. Yes, it was a terrible thing for her to have to endure. I would hate to be reminded constantly of the painful periods in my life. There is no present justification for the public to rub salt in an old wound! It is just plain impolite!

    March 31, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. jeff b

    William Ayers…people! William Ayers!

    Educate yourselves on the atrocious judgement of Obama before it's too late.

    March 31, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Joyce in Florida

    Come on people, this is old news. Get over it already. Bill Clinton is not running for President. Stop obsessing on this issue already. It is really getting tiring and boring.

    GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Paris

    Good for Chelsea, the only reason she is being asked is to get a reaction out of her.
    I think there are much more important questions to be asked.
    a-Bill is not running.
    b- A man cheats and that brings the wife under question.
    Come-on people.

    March 31, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. kevin from alaska

    On the one hand she is a 27-year-old adult who's putting herself out into the public but on the other hand.. c'mon, what does Chelsea's opinion have to do with Hillary v. Barack? It's not her fault that her pops is a chauvinistic pig.

    March 31, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Peter in Canada

    Personal Issue?
    I thought the standard Clinton Household answer was supposed to be "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy!".
    Get this little girl off the stump...her level of maturity needs working on.
    My daughter is younger than her, better educated, brighter and will never see the life of priviledge that mummy and daddy have laid out before her.
    Don't hide behind your family when its convenient for you Chelsea...GROW UP politics IS a public game!

    March 31, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Sally Rogers

    campaigning for a candidate Chelsea is open game for ANY question. Her not answering it is just like her elitist mother, who hasn't paid the bills for health care for her campaign workers. Hillary's campaign finances are in shambles I can't wait until she gets elected and finishes ruining the country.

    March 31, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Amused, Las Vegas

    I hope that the poor judgement of the student asking the question follows him into the workplace when he graduates.

    I certainly would not want him as am employee.

    March 31, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Stan

    There are a lot of stupid people out there. CNN should not promote these people.

    March 31, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |

    Monika Lewinsky was the sole receiver of Hillary's wrath.
    Bill wasn't at fault. The women were. Hillary was not going
    to give up her role a First Lady, Money, Power and Prestige.
    There were many women and the Clinton's blamed the women
    not Bill. I am surprised Monica did not have to wear the letter
    "A'" on her back. And women of America want to repeat this era.

    Chelsey, the questions are probably coming and we can blame
    the questioner. Actually Chelsey has put herself in a vunerable
    situation here.

    Retired, Professional White Woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    March 31, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. Paul, Chicago

    The student is right asing the question. It is a public matter because he is the face of our whole country. If a president was taking money from his coworkers or friends, if he was liar, or alcoholic, or drug addict... all those things do matter, just like his affair with another woman while his wife is few rooms down. If a person is not honest in their private life, what makes people tink they'll be honest in their public life?!

    March 31, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Clinton is a fraud

    Good! Then all those bilnd Clintonites who have voted for and supporter HRC becausce of Billwinsky should reverse their votes/supports.
    Chelsea said it loud and clear, "people should "vote for or against my mother because of my father".
    Vote for/against HRC because 1. She's divisive 2. She lies 3. She's calculating......

    March 31, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Mike

    Chelsea should not have to answer that question. I support Hillary but I would never ask a similar question if the situation was with Obama to his kids. It is just a matter of being rude.

    There is no way for Chelsea to answer that question nor should she.

    March 31, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. John - Maryland

    Spitzer and the new Governer of NY is our business...Detriot Mayor is our business and so is Monica Lewinsky. If you run for public office...Little Clinton – Get ready. You will be scrutinized for everything.....It is our business.

    March 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. Ralph

    Why does the whole Lewinsky thing matter again? It was blown out of proportion at the time and is completely irrelevant now.

    March 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. Ratgurl

    Chelsea's answers to these questions are starting to sound like male-bashing. She clearly favors her mother over her father.

    She should be made painfully aware by now that she's part of the controversy whether she likes it or not. Thicker skin helps to deflect these comments, but being a Clinton, she'll never be able to avoid them entirely. Suck it up, girlie- you're a Clinton.

    March 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. ajks

    Why should Chelsea get special treatment with questions? The news networks have been following all over themselves for the last week to show the answers to all of her "cutsie questions"–like will Mommie Dearest make a better President than Daddy Dearest. It is sad that the news networks are not giving her the same treatment that any other surrogate for the candidates would receive.

    March 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Jeff Rust

    probably a plant to try and get traction for the Clinton campaign, doesn't seem to work I hope people keep asking her.

    March 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. Pam

    Well, well how interesting....

    Several weeks back when something was said about Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton said it was ok to bring it up, it was a matter of public record after all, and it really did happen.

    Now, Ms. Clinton states it is a private matter.

    Hmmmmm! once again changing the rules to fit their own need and agenda.....so sad.

    It is real, it did happen, and it should be up for discussion for those of us that have questions on what Mr. Clinton will be doing if he has the opportunity to be back in the White House.

    Obama 08

    March 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Sara

    Clintons, please go away!!!!! OBAMA 08'

    March 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Tanya K

    The question asked was awful behavior on the students part, just wanting reconization. The issue has absolutley nothing to do with Hillary or this election.

    March 31, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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