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. Obama Supporter

    Interesting response from the younger Clinton. I understand that it hurts, but someone should have taken the time to coach her with a more mature response.

    March 31, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. Patrick, Lake Stevens, WA

    While I agree what Bill Clinton did with that Woman! has nothing to do with what Hilary is doing on her campaign, I do, however, believe if Chelsea is going to be on the front lines speaking in support of her mother's campaign, she needs to come up with a better response than, "it's none of your business." to this now famous question. She should come up with a dignified answer and move on because until she does, the question will not go away.

    March 31, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Jane

    Good for Chelsea! She handled both of these unsensitive questions exactly right

    March 31, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. b black


    March 31, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. HAM

    When running for president I guess you need to be prepared for any question. Obama has been asked some big ones lately...

    I would like to know Senator Clinton's response as to how she feels about lying under oath... because of the personal nature I can see why Chelsea was taken aback!

    March 31, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. dj

    Well Chelsey,
    Get over it. Since your mother is mainly using your father to get in the whitehouse then I think they are a package and the question is valid. You can' t separate Bill from Hillary not when her platform has mainly been on his experience in the White House.

    March 31, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. G.N. Penley

    The only truly decent thing the Clintons ever did was to keep Chelsea out of the spotlight. Now their score is zero.

    March 31, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Wayne

    Chelsea..if the public is in Elliot Spitzer's business then Lewinsky is definitely fair game. Has Bill cheated on Hillary lately? Was Lewinsky an isolated affair or did Bill have many? What will Hill do to keep Bill under wraps if she somehow by way of miracle becomes President?

    March 31, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. r sisk, nevada

    Fact: Bill Clinton had a fling with Monica Lewinsky. End of story. Why ask such a question of the former first daughter. This idiot thinks it's our business because Clinton was the President when it happened? Should we also know daily bowel movements, allergies, birthmarks etc. Because one is in the public eye does not mean they relinquish any privacy at all. Not to mention how tacky to ask the daughter about these things. I smell a plant in the audience.

    March 31, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. commentspage

    Who cares? Hillary is the best candidate so she would be President! Alles.

    March 31, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. Shawn

    If Hillary wasn't trying to take so much credit for the experience she gained during Bill's time playing with interns then I might agree with her. As a concerned citizen I am very interested in how Hillary deals with tough situations and by putting Chelsea out there to stump for Ma...well the tough questions are going to be asked. Instead of hiding behind that false curtain of privacy this is now twice that Chelsea really could have come up with a strong answer that would have helped her mom instead of reminding everyone that the Clinton's think they're above the rest of us.

    March 31, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. brandon

    Are you wraped in plastic? You represent Hillary and have to get these questions if you like them or not.
    Its the way your family operates. Why can't you be asked questions? Sacred Cow?
    Everyone else is fair game so why not you

    March 31, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Rom

    Her mother should give a speech to address the issue ...

    March 31, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. manuela from PA

    The claim by the Butler student that the quesiton was to show the strenght of Hillary Clinton is something invented at the last moment to ustify his mishap. The evidence (not gossip, evidence) says that Hillary Clinton went from First Lady to NY senator defeating shoe -ins in the mean time, so his credibility was increased not diminished. so what other intention had it if not to bother Chelsea?

    March 31, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. From PA

    This one is staged by the student.

    JFK, MLK, Gandhi all public figures cheated on their spouse....

    But all men and their wife are strong people.


    March 31, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Willie

    Ok, this is starting to get really stupid. Another kid is trying to get their 15 minutes of fame.

    March 31, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. sophia nyc

    When the President of the United States is impeached for a scandal, it is our business.

    "If you're not willing to take on tough questions, stay off the campaign trail."-Bill Clinton, March 2008

    March 31, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Courtney

    Like mother, like daughter. Chelsea, if you are a campaign surrogate be prepared to answer the tough questions on behalf of your mother.

    Your father's immoral conduct stunned this country so much that it laid the ground work for George Bush. I don't think this country can handle another George Bush or another Clinton type of scandal.

    Probably a more important question to ask, is how can your mother be the working man's defender for health care when she has not paid her campaign worker's health care premiums for the last two months? Sounds like judgment that we don't need.

    March 31, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Joe

    Who cares about Lewinsky. Bill lied under oath. But, Chelsea makes a great point, don't vote FOR or against Hillary because of her husband. Too many people think that because Hillary (sometimes) slept with Bill it qualifies her to be president. It doesn't.

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


    March 31, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. pmet

    It ended being a personal family matter when the President was impeached for lying. She is 28 years old and stumping for her mother. Grow up and answer the question.

    March 31, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. me

    Chelsea should stay away from the campgaign if she doesn't want to answer tough questions. She's almost 30 years old. Why can't she answer with some grace?

    March 31, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Vivian

    Yes Chelsea there are things about my family that I don't think are anybodys business. That's why my family was smart enough not to choose a public life! Bill was PRESIDENT, SO IT'S EVRYBODYS BUSINESS!!! Tell him he should have thought of that before.

    March 31, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. The truth hurts

    Ms. Chelsea,

    This is important to the American people because we need to know when your father had the chance to catch Bin Laden was he too busy at the time or was he just incompetent.

    He was in the peoples' government office doing other business besides what we elected him to do. It would be a private matter if he did that at his own house but we pay for him, his secret service, and anything else that he is involved in so that is why it is our business. Example, if you have sex on your job and you get caught what will the company do to you? FIRE U. If you are liable for something bad happening you can be sued. She could have been working for the Chinese government and maybe that is why he gave them all our nuclear secrets for a quickie.

    March 31, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. For Obama

    When your a public figure.. personal is everyones business. It goes along with the territory no matter if you like it or not. So if you cant take the heat get out! That means Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea. She shouldnt be campaigning if she cannot take the heat that goes along being in the public eye. That goes for all the Clintons. They have alot they have dished out over the years yet they cant take it.

    What about Obamas Preacher? Is that not personal to Obama? Is not that something that is None of Hillarys business to talk about? Hypocritical if you ask me.

    So why dont the clintons just quit and do what is best for the rest of the nation?

    March 31, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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