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. Marc

    People, it's on public record. You can quit asking this question. Again, can we get back the issues?

    March 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Audient, Cleveland, OH

    If she doesn't want to answer the question, she needs to get off the campaign trail.

    March 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Bob-a-latte

    Sounds like the Obama supporters will stop at nothing to get him elected. Wow, and they accuse the Clinton's of that. So much for this "new" politics. It is just the same old poitics in a "new" package.

    March 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    It is a rather "tacky" question but as long as Chelsea is out there campaigning for her mom she should be ready to address a number of different questions. "None of your business" doesn't cut it when the man perpetrating the act was President at the time and answerable to the American people, especially when he initially lied about it.

    March 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Is

    It's none of our business, but it is a disgrace nonetheless.

    March 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Hillary Drop Out Now

    People DO NOT select their parents. However, they do selects their husbands...

    March 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. Veronica in CA

    Oh, for heaven's sake. You're back at this again. This is NEWS? Come on, CNN. Your bias is showing (again)–just a couple weeks of self-examination, and now you're back to this drivel?

    Start reporting on the SERIOUS issues. Even The National Review was able to come up with 20 questions about Rev. Wright that the media should ask Sen. Obama.

    What about the country heading into a near-Depression? Is this s&@t about Monica Lewinsky even remotely relevant to the challenges that will face the new President? Get real.

    March 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. Juan

    Hillary and Family and Crew – not any different than Bush and Crew!

    Can't we find a candidate in this country to run for President that is worth something and doesn't have all the baggage to go with it! Yeesshhh,

    Contrary to the Clinton's stand on this issue, it is public knowledge – it happened in the freakin oval office and therefore it makes it a valid topic of discussion.

    Kind of looks like the Clintons all think a lot of like. Wonder if any of them actually knows what "sex" is.

    March 31, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Thomas, LA

    If you choose to run for public office you should be prepared and accept the public scrutiny that comes along with it. Perhaps the Clintons shouldn't be shameless using Chelsea to campaign if she's not comfortable with it. Maybe her father should give her the same line about it being ok to have a 'spirited' discussion.

    March 31, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

    The people already know the truth that former President Bill Clinton has an affair with Monica Lewinski while her mom now Senator Hillary Clinton was in the White House. The fact is People need to forward that question to Hillary or Bill, Chelsea should not have to answer that question.

    Leave Chelsea alone..

    I am a Obama supporter. This is not Chelsea to answer.

    March 31, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Me

    It should say "North Carolina State" not sate.

    March 31, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Independent in OH

    If Chelsea is "pretending" to be a surrogate for her mother, then she should answer the questions asked by field – only college students. Authenticity is what American (including the younger generation – especially the younger generation) public is truly interested in. Lewinsky questions shouldn't be offensive to Chelsea... she is a grown women and she can not and shouldn't apologize for her parents.... I just wish she wasn't promoting them either!

    Obama '08!

    March 31, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Nancy

    Grow Up Chelsea and answer the question, you're not 12 anymore and Yes it is everyone's business !

    March 31, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. moeen

    One sure measure of strenght of a presidential candidate is how she/he handels difficult situation PERSONL or not, and every American has the right to weigh that.

    Any adult campaigining for that candidate, along with the candidate, should be ready to confront questions to that end. Shying away from answering that question makes the candidate looks weaker.

    Being CONFRONTATIONAL as Chelsea (29 year old adult) did makes it look like the candidate is so week an unprepared that they don't even want the mention of the most difficult situation Hillary had to handle in her life.

    I feel sorry for Chelsea that she is showing the early signs that she hasn't been fortunate enough to come out more straight forward than her devious parents.

    March 31, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. Tex

    Chelsea needs to chill out! She is not the cute little twelve year old living in the White House during the Clinton scandal years of 1992-2000. We all could understand her parents wanting to protect her childhood and maintain her privacy.

    That was sixteen years ago and Chelsea is an adult who is 28 years old out in the public campaigning for her mom. The media is doing a grave injustice in giving this adult woman a free ride. She can't have it both ways.

    Her father disgraced himself, his family and the entire nation with his affair with Monica Lewinski. Furthermore he "misspoke" to the nation and said "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." Hillary had legal difficulties throughout the Clinton years and then has recently led the most negative, the most divisive and the most polarizing campaign among Democrats than any other candidate. Her advisor Carville recently attacked Hispanic Governor Bill Richardson. She recently "misspoke" about her so-called experience in Bosnia.

    These are facts. Chelsea, needs to understand, that as unpleasant it may be, those facts are in the public domain and as such they are fair game. She either needs to chill out and answer the question or get out of the public campaign.

    March 31, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Bill

    Typical from a "Cow College" NCSU is for losers.

    March 31, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. Mk

    She should just answer the darn question, then move on.
    Its not going away. And if it really bothers her that much to have people ask questions about one of the most newsworthy events in the political history of her family then she should probably stop campaigning for her mother.

    March 31, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Chidiegwu

    I'm sorry but even if the question was not nice, she could handle things much more maturely and professionally. Candidates get questions they don't like all the time. You can't eat your cake and have it. If they want to protect her then they need to take her off the campaign trail.

    March 31, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Kathy

    There just are people that won't let it go. They are the ones obsessed with it, not the majority.
    Chelsea is right and she should stick to her answer. I think that none of them should justify any questions of it with an answer.
    Move on to who is the best President who will manage our nations business.

    March 31, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Le troubadour

    A Plant maybe? Like the " iron my shirt".

    March 31, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Kedren Reade Sitton

    Ms. Clinton, I adore you, my dear! This 42 year old guy has watched you grow up from a little girl into a heckuva person, so you've never left my heart!

    To the "business": as long as it's the "business" of your mother whether or not gays can be married, then it'll be my "business" how your mother and father swing, who they swing with, and etc!

    We straight? And mother cleared up on her gay marriage point-of-view for once and for all?

    March 31, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. seektruth

    I wish I were at one of these Chelsea events and could ask her how it was like landing in Tuszla, Bosnia with her mother. Chelsea accompanied her mother on that trip. Mrs. Clinton "misspoke" when she said that they had to run for cover because the airport was under sniper fire. I'd like ask Chelsea her version of the events.

    March 31, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Toni

    I must admit that I have no sympathy for this young woman. All those who speak publically for a candidate go through sometime harsh questioning. Very few ever tell the questioner, "It's none of your business..." particularly when related to a family not known for its forthrightness. If Chealsea Clinton is unable to handle the rigors public campaigning, she should rightly sit this one out. She wants it both ways - to be listened to and followed like an adult AND to be coddled and protected like a child.

    March 31, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Teresa

    Chelsea, do honestly think that you weren't going to be ask any question about that event? You of all people should be expressing your feeling about the situation and encouraging women to seek help if in any domestic violence etc.

    March 31, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Michiel W

    Really, give it a rest already. I wouldn't want anyone asking my children about my sexlife in a public forum no matter how public my life may or may not be. It's uncalled for. It's old news. Give it a rest!

    March 31, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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