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. Ex Obama Fan

    Good For Her. She's NOT the candidate, she doesn't have to answer idiots like these.

    March 31, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. John

    This is a joke. This scandal had a major impact on every person in the US. It is completely reasonable for people to question this before putting the Clintons back in the White House.

    March 31, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. La Bomb ba


    March 31, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. Rafi, NY NY

    I'm an Obama supporter and no fan of Clinton, but Chelsea's right, this really isn't anyone's business. Furthermore, it's very weird to ask the daughter to comment on her father's actions during her mother's run for presidency.

    As for other questions, the Clintons, including Chelsea, put themselves in the public spotlight. This issue should be off-limits, but Chelsea has a habit of avoiding the media on other issues as well. Considering she's voluntarily stumping for her mother's campaign and now taking an active role, this is a problem.

    March 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    She should expect the question. It was the scandel which forever tainted his time in office. It's like ignoring the elephant in the living room.

    March 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Jim

    The Person that asked that fithy question was an obama suporter, and that shows just how low the obama's people are willing to go. obama should drop out "NOW".
    Hillary, or John MCcain for 08!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Robert

    Why, Why and why you people ask that question. That is history!!!!! Please go on with your lives!!!

    March 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Chris Smith

    Since Clinton was impeached over it, it is a legitimate question. And, since HRC labeled it as a "vast right-wing conspiracy", and it was proven later not to be, it is a legitimate question. When will these Clintons get it? Presidents are held to a higher standard. They can't scurry away from questions regarding sex with interns in the oval office or about fabricated sniper fire.

    America (PENNSYLVANIA) lets hold these Clintons accountable for the things they do and say!

    March 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. ThatGirl

    How dare they bring that up to Chelsea. It isn't any of our business and it is personal to their family. It was none of the country's business to begin with. The question was inappropriate and has no relevance to anything. Bill Clinton is not running for any public office.

    March 31, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Go Hillary

    You showed CNN what you could do in Texas and Ohio, and this momentum will continue. You have lots of Americans behind you.

    I don't think the media realizes they are being discredited time and time again. Perhaps a shake up is in order as they continue to reach for news stories.

    March 31, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Demetri Demo

    Didn't her dad just say something to the effect that "this is politics" and "if you don't want to get bruised up, you shouldn't play the game"?

    Just me checking to see if hypocrisy is something anyone else here would notice.

    March 31, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Cato

    The questioner couldn't have been anymore wrong. Their concerns MIGHT have been of importance 10 years ago, but as for as Hillary's campaign, and more important as for CHELSEA, it is obviously NONE of this persons business, but it obviously points to a Republican plant in the audience.........again.

    March 31, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Anne

    I don't think these questions should be asked of Chelsea. Even if it is a legitimate question, seriously, this is not fair to her. That must have been a very painful experience for both Chelsea and Hillary years ago. No doubt Chelsea has recovered to become the strong and beautiful woman she is today. Both of the people who asked this question are clearly rude and insensitive. She is campaigning on behalf of her mother and I believe there are more important questions that could be asked (about the economy, the war, health insurance, etc). And it is none of our business. And Chelsea is exactly right – would you like it if we started asking about your family's private matters? This quesiton is irrelevant and has nothing to do with Hillary's preparedness for the Presidency.

    March 31, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Might as Well Sit it Out

    Chelsea might as well throw in the towel and get a campaign desk job because she is going to now be asked this same question continuously. Gone are the days of well-mannered journalism.

    March 31, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. mitch Yaciw

    Great job Chelsea ....

    March 31, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. DebsterDC-Dem

    Chelsea was a young girl when this happened, that incident maybe a difficult one for her and people should respect that. I wish Sen. Obama would talk to his supporters about thier vile, despicable treatment of this young lady. Her mother didn't carry on an affair in the Whitehouse, so why is this our business. You people, including the media are imbeciles.

    I know this blog will be inundated with these imbeciles attacking her. I hope to God you people never have children.

    March 31, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Venus

    She should have told him to take a chill!

    March 31, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. G

    Chelsea is representing her mother, Sen. Clinton. As such, and as a 28-year old college graduate, she should behave in a more mature and responsible manner. She is trying to establish a reputable dialogue. Therefore, she should not object to a "reasonable" yet somewhat personal question. She showed little diplomacy with her abrupt response.

    March 31, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Michael Guinn- Ventura, CA

    I'm an OBAMA supporter 100%- and proud of it. I think that the questions to Chelsea regarding Monica are absolute nonsense.
    This young lady is working with her family to see her Mom elected President. I do NOT want to see that happen- but I think anyone who asked her about Monica is WAY out of line!

    March 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Lucius Black Jr.

    I agree that is is the Public's business. A lot of unnecessary time was taken out of all of our lives because of the President's indiscretions. It is a Public Matter.

    March 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. increasinglysickened

    As a key campaigner for Hillary Chelsea has to take the bad with the good. Her father played with himself and the USA for a twenty year period and her mother ruined women that succumbed to his allure. Every session that Chelsea host should ask the question again and again. Then it's up to her to decide whether she wants to support the gang and how she supports it!

    March 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Buffalo

    What part of MYOB do people not understand. OMG

    March 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. amy o

    I support Obama and probably won't vote for Hillary if she's the nominee. However, I really see no reason to ask Chelsea these questions. These folks are simply trying to get attention and focus on smut. We all know about Monica. Chelsea's an adult and should not be sheltered, but let's show her some respect when it comes to this particular situation. It affects her completely differently than anyone else.

    March 31, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. gloria pitman

    chesley you dont have to give a answer to that question dear. your there for your mom . dont these people asking you tjese questions know that has nothing to do to you. i kmow you mom is a good woman she did what a lot of woman do forgive and that a good quality and thats in your mom. she loves you and your dad. shame one those people. love gloria

    March 31, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. Marilyn

    It certainly is our business. American taxpayers elected Bill Clinton to run the country and instead he spent his time satisfying his sexual needs. He lied to the public, and disgraced the office of the President. Apparently the honor didn't mean much to him – he didn't appear to take it seriously. Based on his past behavior, we have a right to be concerned about his character.

    March 31, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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