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. FMM - Toronto - Canada

    I am by no means a supporter of either President or Senator Clinton. But, to ask their daughter, a young woman, who to my mind has lived an extraordinary life both academically as well as ethically after being raised by two of the most amoral individuals in this nations history about one of her father's many public infidelities is outrageous and makes not only the questioner look like an intellectual and moral deficient but also and more to the point all of the American people that keep subjecting this young woman to this public humiliation. If you wish to ask the persons responsible for the criminal and civil misconduct involved in the Lewinsky affair and the many others, then ask Senator and President Clinton, otherwise, you are simply engaging in tabloid journalism and personal attacks on an innocent young American.

    March 31, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Bubba

    He was impeached for his actions and the cowardly Senate failed to convict. We all know the truth about this and I, for one, don't think it is anybody's business but the Clintons. Can we get back to asking pertinent questions, please.

    March 31, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Kirk in New York

    She's created an issue out of it by avoiding it. The nation isn't interested in her "personal business" we're interested to know how a candidate for the President of the United States can be in the White House the same time her husband is carrying on an affair and still say that she is an alert Commander in Chief.

    March 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Jennifer Giuward

    If Hillary Clinton chooses to stay at a marriage that she is constantly betrayed, she is simply not a FREE woman.

    How can she be the president of America if she is not free?

    March 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Mike

    Chelsea better not be on the campaign trail if she CAN'T HANDLE the TRUTH. The Monica Lewinski story is as private as Enron or Martha Stewart's run in with the law. President Clinton is on record telling a Lewinski (lie). If anyone thinks that is okay or private, then the DOJ need to apologize to Martha Stewart, Marion Jones and anyone who ever lied to the law man and ended up behind bars.

    I don't care much about who is a better candidate and all that, but PLEASE Chelsea, if you can't stand the heat, get your nose out of the kitchen.

    March 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. Kirk

    It amazes me how pointless these articles are. Of course Chelsea does not want to talk about a scandal which has no point in today's discourse. It is a personal topic to her and her family. It might have mattered during President Clinton's administration though I doubt that as well. It most certainly has nothing to do with the current election. The same thing, of course, can be said about Obama and his former Pastor. The last time I checked no one is voting for Wright. There is no point even discussing the Lewinski or Wright issues. Heck, they are not really issues at all!! How bout we ask real questions about the economy, foreign and domestic issues, the environment, and why the media wasting time writing articles that could be put on an episode of Jerry Springer??

    March 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Paul

    If you can't take the heat go back to momy and daddy

    March 31, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. Scott from VA

    Go Chelsea!!! We all know that those that say they are asking about Lewinsky for supposedly innocent reasons are simply trying to be sensationalists and probably are Obama supporters pretending to support Hillary.

    March 31, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. Taylor

    Well, if these Obama supporters are that desperate that they think bringign this up will help them... they are in for a rude awakening... people actually feel very stronlgy for Hillary because of this.

    And how dare you bring up personal issues in people's private lives... this should be about issues, oh yeah, I forgot, Obama does not succeed if that is the focus.

    March 31, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. Debra M.

    Although I do feel some things should be private (i.e. an affair by a parent), there was nothing private about the fact that A.) The affair happened and B.) Her father lied about it. It was, by no means, a private matter. Ms. Clinton should realize the more she rebuffs these questions, people will be far more inclined to ask it. Chelsea, you handled it rather badly the first time around. Instead of answering the question in an intelligent fashion, you behaved like a petulant teenager. If you can't handle being in the public eye while campaigning for your mother, how are you going to deal with the barrage of publicity coming your way if she wins the election?

    March 31, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. v.ananthan

    Hillary supporters won^t easily forget the media treatment of the Clintons and the way Obama supporters are treating the Clintons..

    The race is not over yet and It^s up to Pennsylvania to give Hillary momentum !!!!!!!!!!

    -Hillary, leader with solutions.

    March 31, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. jes

    GOOD GOING CHELSEA. ! You Mom does not need the support of rude immature children like that. Just another ill mannered idiot wanting to make a fool of himself on tv.

    March 31, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. Lanny Davis

    It has been everyone's business who defended Bill during this tumultuous time in US history. Fair game answer the question ...
    Or would you rather be asked if mommy or daddy would make a cooler president, come on

    March 31, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Ramon Angeloni

    I voted for Bill Clinton twice and do not like that he looked right into the camera and lied to us..

    But how it affected Hilary and what she thought is no ones business and I support her daughter's answer to these idiots who keep asking the same dumb question. Get of it and ask about the main issues facing this country

    March 31, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. Jay

    Yes, I don't understand why people are so concerned about their personal life. It has been more than 8 years since the scandel. Leave the Clinton's alone and deal with the real issues that we are facing now including Obama's relationship with Rev. Wright.

    March 31, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. PLM

    Why are people still asking Chelsea about this? You know she's not going to talk about it, nor should she. I don't even think Barbara Walters could get her to talk about it, so the rest of us should just drop it. I sure hope Hillary tries to dissuade her daughter from continuing to campaign. I wouldn't want my daughter having to answer those kinds of questions.

    March 31, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. andrea benini

    Chelsea is brilliant, just like her parents.

    March 31, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. Lynne Kieper

    CNN; Please post something positive about Hillary now and then. Your blatant promotion of Obama has become tiresome. You have given him far more opportunity to express his views than his opponent, and no one on your station questions his allegedly superior judgement about matters like his relationship with a black sepratist church and the Resko thing.

    Hillary should be lauded, not criticized for honoring her marriage vows and the press and public should wake up to the fact that what her husband did has no bearing on her qualifications to be president. It is refreshing to see that someone is willing to work through a tough time in a marriage rather than trash it at the first sign of trouble. Give her some credit for having family values.

    March 31, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. vic nashville,Tn

    Don’t give up , We are proud of you, Some people they are causing this country at their church and come in the public say they are proud of this country first time in their life time because their dream to live in the white house. They never thought they are living in the best country in the world . They don’t know value of this country because they are very selfish

    March 31, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Trev

    So the student wanted his 15 minutes and CNN gave it to him. Normally, unless you are a lawyer, you ask a question because you are interested in hearing the answer. Something tells me that most of the people who will trumpet petty lines like "She is a public figure and should have to answer these questions" have already made up their minds. The would not know a thoughtful answer even if she gave them one.

    March 31, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. john, veteran US Army

    If Chelsea cannot stand the heat she should get out of the Kitchen.

    March 31, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. michelle

    Questions like this will only backfire and help to give HRC the sympathy vote. Hang in there tough, Chelsea. We're proud of you. I'm with Senator Clinton all the way to the convention.

    Go Hill, Bill and Chel !!!!!

    March 31, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. Shaun Delede

    Another example of how Obama's camp are setting people up to keep bringing up the Monica Lewinsky question with Chelsea, more of Obama's camp's dirty politics. I think its time to bring up Ayers for Obama. Someone should go ask him why he surrounds himself with shady characters he calls, his close friends like radical terrorist William Ayers and corrupt political fundraiser Antoine Rezko.

    When you swim in the sewers of corrupt Chicago politics, you're bound to stink!

    March 31, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. Remember

    When Gore was running against Bush in 2000, he tried to distance himself from Bill. Unfortunately, Hillary and Chelsea can not do the same. Chelsea shouldn't have to answer any questions about Lewinsky; however, her mother should. Do we really want Bill roaming the White House with nothing to do?
    Obama in '08.

    March 31, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. Go Chelsea!

    Maybe, eventually, people will get the message that Chelsea will not be discussing this with anyone at any time.

    I think she does her parents proud. She is a strong voice for Democracy and for our next President, her mom!

    March 31, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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