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. Michigan Democrat

    The issue most certainly is the public's business, as millions of taxpayer dollars were spent IMPEACHING A SITTING U.S. PRESIDENT as a resulty of the Lewinsky scandal.
    I know she didn't choose her parents, but if she doesn't want to deal with tough questions, she should get off the stump. And the press shouldn't treat her like a little girl in a bubble either–she's almost 30!

    March 31, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. Ted C.

    I think if you are a democrat is doesn't matter where you go for a laugh.

    March 31, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. rodrigo

    If you can't take the heat......

    This is a tough campaign that the clintons claim should be fought.

    Answer the questions asked. Nothing wrong with that if not don't get on stage and tell people how great your candidate is but can't ask a simple question.

    She is not a good speaker. She looks lost up there.

    March 31, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. keith Franklin, Tn

    That student who asked the question obviously went to the Karl Rove school of "attack dog" mentality. How about everyone go next door and ask your children's parents about their love life. How about asking John McCain about leaving his first wife. How about just judging the candidates on their abilities!!!!

    March 31, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Michelle

    Obama supporters are stooping to all low.

    March 31, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Personally, I don't care what Hillary thinks about Bill's infidelity any more than I care whether Barack was sitting in church on some occasion when the pastor said something out-of-line.

    The difference is that I don't think Barack or Michelle Obama would say, "That's none of your business," if someone asked about how a candidate reacted to an historical event. After all, some people think that Hillary turned a blind eye to Bill's shenanigans for years because she had her ambitious eye set on a higher prize than simple revenge against a philandering husband.

    March 31, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Misha, Florida

    Yes Chelsea is 100% correct. I do not think Hillary will be distracted in her presidency for such history, that is a family matter, therefore nobody business.
    This Obamians are distracting from the issues like the economy and the terrible state of the country.
    Obama doesn't show anything in his record as a senator, just a nothing , only words, people don't live on promises. If Hillary does not win nither will be Obama you Obamians can be sure of it.

    March 31, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. nate

    This is a tough one. One on hand it seems unfair and sleazy to go after his kid. On the other, A. his behavior as prez and lying to the country, impeachment etc is absolutely fair ground for discussion, especially since he continues to campaign as part of team Clinton. and B., she is choosing to put herself out there as a surrogate so she has to take the incoming.

    March 31, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Dave

    If she can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. When you stand up and say do you have any questions, you don't get to pick which ones.

    March 31, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. HD

    poor thing.

    March 31, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. Mike Rosa

    Being a 30 year military person Mr. Clinton was President and suppose to be setting an example of good citizenship not degrading the highest office in the nation and the title of Commander and Chief. It is hard to lead our troops when the President and their leader is allowed to get away with this type of behavior that they would receive punishment for if they were envolved. So it is not a family issue it was and is a national issue of doing the right thing when your in a position of leadership.

    March 31, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. Jane

    She certainly is falling in form with the unlikeability factor that her mother is well known for.

    March 31, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. victor

    If she does not want to awnser tough questions... stop campaigning! The fact of the matter is.... your dad was the 2nd President in the history of the United States to be impeached and Monica is why. To think that those questions would not be asked is folish!

    March 31, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. Evan

    You are a SURROGATE for your mother! The American people can ask you ANY question they want if you are campaigning for her.

    You can't play the "I'm just a child" card. You're TWENTY-EIGHT. Grow up and learn to talk about things.

    March 31, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. neil, tampa, florida

    Chelsea Clinton may be right that people have a right to their privacy but the questioner was not a public personna as are her father and mother. She should have answered the question no matter how hard it is to face facts.

    March 31, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. nyDEMO

    FIRST OFF- this is an amazingly offensive question.

    BUT . . . it may not have been asked in a very relevant way thus far, but it will very soon. There are many ways to weave together a relevant question concerning Hillary's actions/responses/quotes to the finale of Bill's administration (which Hillary has "wedded" herself to by campaigning largely on experiences from that period).

    Chelsea needs to come up with a game plan for dealing with the relevant question regarding mom and that period when it comes.

    March 31, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |

    I think people are missing the point. The point is that behavior in office becomes an issue. Her father caused major distractions. All this "extra" activities and the coming forth of it all happend when I was in my teens. Now us teens are older and are more involved in the process and this is what we remember of the Clintons.

    While I don't think you should be rude to Chelsea, I think that people need to bring up Bill because you're putting an ex-president back in the White House as the president or not and history is history and she needs to deal with it politically and not so personally.

    March 31, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. Judy

    After all the good that Bill Clinton did while he was in office and all anyone seems to care about is Lewinski. It appears that the public would rather focus on gossip rather than how well the country was doing under President Clinton's 2 term. Chelsea Clinton was correct, it is none of anyone's business. I am sure that this period in her life was painfull and certainly nothing she would rather remember or talk about.
    If the public is going to continue to connect what Bill Clinton did with what Hillery Clinton will do than be fair; since Michelle Obama said that this was the first time in her adult life that she has been proud to be an American than this must hold true of her husband as well; if you don't beleive this conclusion is true than stop trying to smear Hillery Clinton with what her husband did.

    March 31, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. pimacan

    Maybe Monica never happened, just like the sniper-fire incident. Maybe we all just "mis-remember" the Clinton years.

    March 31, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. Very Concerned American

    To the Clinton Supporters
    From Lou Dobbs Tonight

    Do you believe there is a media bias against Hillary Clinton and in favor of Barack Obama?
    Yes 73% 12992
    No 27% 4873
    Total Votes: 17865

    This is not a scientific poll

    March 31, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. Lorelei

    Why are people asking the daughter this question and not the mother. I am more interested in what Hillary has to say about the message she is sending to daughters everywhere regarding this issue. She is the one running for president after all, not Chelsea.
    Putting her daughter in the line of fire..........like Bosnia..........isn't going to make it go away.

    March 31, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. DAniel

    It is about the issues, people. Not Monica. Ask an intelligent question!

    March 31, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. Tired of the Clintons

    She is going to be just like her mother. Cold and stuck in a loveless marriage. Poor girl.

    March 31, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. Jefferson Macalindong

    My comment is everything you heard about your family or yourself bad or good dont react and show to thepeople and try more closed to them no matter what. Because this part of life mostly your part your dad your mom is one popular person and good example and good parents to you right, thats why everything you heard dont think negative you always positive and more strong no matter we have personal question about your family and you know not supposed to be part of disccasion because very personal question like against your love once dont angry be more freindly because you know your parents and you believe and trust them. Thats why forgot everything and consentrate what life you have right now and dont for get god always here your side my side and here the new world to protect us and guide us to achieve our dream and give more energy and give more strong to fight all problem coming to your life and your family. Dont forgot you ,me and all people around the world one key to success and protect our world and feel the real genaration of freedom, free-country, love and peace key to success the words of god. Thank you so much you give me a chance give some word and i hope you understand you and your family and all leader and official to the whole world one give support ,help,guide and give good example all people around you. Thats why say Freedom, Free-country, Love and Peace, key to success to the whole word.

    March 31, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. Cary Schroeder

    Its good to see Chelsea's confidence in her self quickly grow with the benefit of her first large media situation as positive. She was able to realize in a tough media situation she can handle more pressure than she thought.

    March 31, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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