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

Chelsea Clinton confronts another Lewinsky question

CNN

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. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    For the love of God, people! Enough with the Lewinsky questions! Does she really need to relive this over and over again?

    March 31, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. LOLA WOODARD

    I THINK SHE WAS RIGHT WHAT HER HUSBAND DID. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HER . LOLA

    March 31, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Kenneth

    If the Monica Lewinsky scandal is nobody else's business but the Clintons', then Rev. Wright's comments are nobody else's business but the Obamas'.

    March 31, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Sean

    She needs to address the issue. Her reaction is just going ot increase the questions.

    March 31, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. John, Washington DC

    The Monica Lewinsky scandal is definitely a fair incident to bring up in a Presidential Campaign. No one is slandering her mother because her husband cheated on her while in the White House, but Americans have a right to know everything about their Commander and Chief. How she reacted to this scandal can give us great insight into her character. Chelsea needs to stop insulting the intelligence of college students and others by giving the childish response "its none of your business". Like Hell it isnt!

    Mrs. Clinton constantly sights her time as First Lady as the reason she has more experience than Barack Obama thus she has an obligation to speak on the good and bad incidents during that time. The White Water scandal, Bosnia and Monica Lewinsky to name a few. The question is completely fair game and Chelsea will field more questions on this topic if she continues to insult voters and deny it isn't America's business.

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

    Hold on a second... Just last week her dad was implying that Obama shouldn't be in politics if he can't take the jabs. The Clinton's all clamor for the spotlight, then tell us it's none of our business when they get it.

    March 31, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Shannon

    why are Obama supporters so hate filled and divisive, that they would ask this woman such a horrible question. Ask Bill, ask Hillary, but don't put her in that position, and it doesn't matter what she thinks about the affair. I thought right wing loons were obsessed with Bill Clinton's sex life, but they can't hold a candle to the apparent obsession about it by Obama supporters. We used to laugh at the right wing crazies, now we're laughing at you!

    March 31, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Alex Smith

    Whether Chelsea likes it or not, how Hillary Clinton handled the scandal is relevant to the campaign. It leaves a very sour taste in my mouth to think of the possibility that she remained married to Bill Clinton simply for political positioning. Not only is that possibility repellent from a moral standpoint, but it would also be a slap in the face to those of us who cannot get married in the first place. Her political career is a more valid reason to be married than two people loving each other? If she doesn't want to answer the question, fine, but it IS our business.

    March 31, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    Ms. Clinton needs to address the question.

    Bernie Moore-Knowles
    Papa'aloa, Hawai'i

    March 31, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. suzy

    It is no one's business – I agree.
    And for those of you who are confused, Bill is not running for President...
    Hillary is.
    He and Chelsea are speaking on her behalf just like Michelle Obama, or Mitt Romney's sons did, or Oprah! or any other surrogate for that matter...

    Good for you Chelsea!
    Get over it America – that was a PERSONAL situation 15 years ago that unfortunately had to be aired – he screwed up – not Hillary. How would any of you like it if your very personal life was aired all over the country and worldwide.
    NONE of you would be elected to office! Mostly because of the hate that's been written in these blog posts. Better watch it – your words could come back to haunt you one day – how would that feel?
    Hillary is her own person, with a strength that many wish they had. And many admire her for it. At least half of the country!

    March 31, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Mark

    Confronts wouldn't be the word I would use... More like avoids.

    March 31, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. clinton

    THANK YOU.
    Her Father has to agree on this as well with his "saddle up" and make an argument comment. An entire generation of voters has to be educated on what happend with the clinton administration and how Hillary attacked Monica Lewinsky and tried to ruin her.

    Go back to your hedge fund job where u make money on the sub-prime debalce chelsea. On the stumping circuit no one cares who your parents are.

    March 31, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. norvef

    she is just turning to be like her mother. little ms. clinton you and you're family are public figure so it is our business to know what's going on in your family tight lying circle.

    March 31, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Derrick

    Good for her! It is no one elses business!

    Go Chelsea! Tell them how it is!

    Hillary 08' 12'

    March 31, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Chana

    Chelsea doesn't think people should vote for or against her mother because of her father. But isn't Hillary running on her husband's coat tails as an extension of Bill's Administration? Isn't this where Hillary is claiming most of her experience to take that 3 AM phone call? I was for Billary at the beginning, but 'they' are making me tired and just disgusted. Billary you can't have it both ways. If you want to claim the good parts of Clinton I for Clinton II, then you must embrace the scandal to impeachment as well!

    March 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Mike

    This person was obviously trying to start problems. It isn't their business because nothing illegal happened, and it isn't Bill running for office, its Hillary. ANY citizen, even chief citizen has a right to privacy behind closed doors.
    And besides, why ask Chelsea?
    Some people dislike Hillary Clinton out of personal bias, not because they disagree with her on issues, policies, leadership abilities. This is a disgusting shame.

    March 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. andrea, Illinois

    Chelsea is campaigning for her mother and therefor has to answer questions that are uncomfortable and somewhat private. If she has a problem with that, she should stay home. I don't think its the public's business that her father cheated, but more so the fact that he lied under oath to the entire nation. I can imagine that this is very hard for Chelsea, but then again, she is campaigning and she can't just pick what ever suits her. Plus Chelsea isn't the "little" girl anymore that needs to be protected. Also, her answer that everybody has something "private" going on that they do not want to share with the public, doesn't make sense as we are not running for president, nor are we the president of the US. We should expect higher moral standards from a president.

    March 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. Ronnie in South TX

    Her first time answering the question was to deliver an obviously well rehearsed terse reply and she was just waiting for the moment to let it fly in all its glory. Anyone could tell Chelsea was waiting to make mom and dad proud that she could put that an unsuspecting college student "in his place". Well, I wonder how her Dad feels knowing his daughter has to be rude to people on his behalf for such an act. I'd feel ashamed for the rest of my life.

    March 31, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Jacob

    Just like her mother, she can't give a straight answer.

    March 31, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Jen

    Of course CNN.com wants to post this. Anything to make a mockery of the Clinton family. Hillary is a very strong, tenacious candidate. I hope she wins.

    March 31, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. Sheri

    I don't like to make comments. I feel that I'm judging someone and we all have our faults however, I feel that someone who has had a sex scandle in the White House should ever be let back in the White House. Not that it is Hillary's fault. But knowing her husband is in the White House after what happened with the Monica Lewinsky scandle. It is a matter of respect.

    March 31, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. Kay

    The Lewinsky incident should be put to rest. Even though, I support Senator Obama, people should stop asking about Monica L. Give it a rest!!

    March 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. Heidi

    It's also our business because it was taking place in the White House and involved an intern to the White House. I have formerly admried Chelsea, but if she can't handle these questions and can't see why the public feels it's our business, she should stay home. Besides, by refusing to answer the questions, she's begging for more of the same. I know that at the WA Caucus I attended, many of the femals there said they couldn't support Hillary because she had chosen to stay with Bill instead of kicking him to the curb. Sorry, Chelsea, but It is important and denying that it is is either stupid or naive.

    March 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Marilyn James

    it's a big shame for people who supported Mr Clinton when she keep lying she said she was shot at and CNN wouldn't talk about it but they will all talk about Obama. None is specking how she lied if someone could lie like this I wouldn't vote for a person like her she cannot be trusted. My God guide and protected Obama.

    March 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. gary

    What WFC had done hasnt nothing to do with HRC running for President. Start looking more into O.B.'S life more. He is the one that has the closed book.I would be worried about electing a canidate you dont know enough about.There is a saying in this country. What you dont know wont hurt you. Think about it, before electing someone that you will regret later. HRC dosnt hide anything. Her book of life is opened for the whole world.Thats why the media and you haters use it against her.You all better come down from the big O.B. dream ,and come to reality. This is our lives you are putting in someone's hands you really dont know.

    March 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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