April 17th, 2008
02:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton campaign gets Weather Underground questions

Hillary Clinton speaks during Wednesday's ABC debate.
Hillary Clinton speaks during Wednesday's ABC debate.

(CNN) - The morning after Hillary Clinton attacked Barack Obama over his relationship with William Ayers, founder of Weather Underground, her campaign advisers struggled with questions over her view of pardons for members of that group issued by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

On a conference call with reporters, spokesman Howard Wolfson said he did not know where the New York senator stood on the pardons, but that he would check.

The Obama campaign has responded to Clinton’s questions to the Illinois senator at Wednesday night’s ABC debate with press releases pointing to the former president’s pardons of Weather Underground members Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans.

The group, which formed in the 1960s, sought the overthrow of the U.S. government, and carried out violent attacks including bombings.

soundoff (360 Responses)
  1. Gail

    This will backfire on her also. William Ayers, per my reading, as paid his debt to society and has moved on and became a respected college professor and that is the context on the casual relatationship be our Next President, Barack Obama

    Dems United!!!

    April 17, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Diane

    I love it when supporters of Senator Clinton say that it was Bill Clinton not her that did the pardoning. Isn't it Hillary that is using those 8 years as part of her "35" years of experience? As far as the media goes, I don't think they have even come close to really examine HER credentials. Has anyone (MSM) really, and I mean REALLY, spoken about her claims of her participation in the Northern Ireland peace agreement? NAFTA? Or how about the promise of creating jobs in NY state when running for Senator in 2000? Oh, I forgot. That was Al Gore's fault because he didn't win the Presidency.

    April 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. rb

    to: To forgive is divine
    you are so right!!!

    April 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. The Truth

    Help Lou Help............................................................

    April 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Bobby from SC

    Hillary has said that if she had a pastor like Rev. Wright she would have left the church – said that you can't pick your family but you can pick your pastor. Well Hillary you can also PICK YOUR HUSBAND. With Hillary it is all about power and as far as her marriage, it is nothing but an arrangement.

    April 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. just a thought

    ACTUALL IF YOU SAW THE USATODAY THEN YOU OBAMA FANS WOULD SEE THAT HE IS LYING TOO. IN FACT HE LIED ON NATIONAL TV LAST NIGHT AND SAID HE DOESN'T TAKE MONEY FROM LOBBIEST BUT THERE WAS AN ARTICLE IN USATODAY YESTERDAY THAT HE HAS IN FACT TAKEN MONEY FROM SOME OF THE MAJOR OIL COMPANIES. SO HE IS PREACHING ONE THING BUT PRACTICING ANOTHER.

    April 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Jessica, Michigan

    I didnt see the debates, but from what ive heard it was a draw. Hillary clearly understands policies – great. But her choices, her connections, her decisions...we need that too. Obama needs to fine tune his a little, and frankly I anticipate that he will surround himself with a great supporting cast – unlike Dubya. I want a president who is well rounded, and Hillary is not that.

    The reality is, how effective has any president been in the last 30 years? How many campaign promises never come to fruition – on both sides? Are we really electing Obama or Clinton for their health care plans – which will probably never ever happen? No, we arent – we are electing a president who wont bomb the heck out of a country – just becuase. We are electing a president who wont jump without reviewing the actual circumstances...we are electing a president who wont walk into the world acting as if everything is owed to america.

    Gosh, on top of all that – clintons shady dealings are scary – and the fact that Barack hasnt really talked about this should not lead any of you to believe that the republicans arent going to. We havent even seen the tip of the iceberg with the shadiness in her past.

    If clinton is handed the nomination, i expect another 4 years of republican rule – but at least it will be funny as heck to watch her being revealed for the schmuck that she is.

    Obama, he has met people who turned out to be shady – but he hasnt done anything shady with him. You want a distinction between he and Clinton, there you have it.

    April 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. b

    I think its only fair to expect the first couple to be eye to eye at least most of the time..this simply previews fights and quarrels in WH if she takes it.

    April 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Daryl (WHITE) Chicago, IL (land of obama)

    L Bowie- Rev. Wright is not campaigning for Obama....BJ Bill is.

    AZM- Thanks for having me honor you by donating Obama ANOTHER $200 just this week for YOU! Now I can take my turbin off and start drinking my Kool-aid for an early nomination victory!

    April 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Nate

    This is an example of why you have to be very careful attacking others- especially when you have lots of baggage. The problem with Hillary's campaign is that this tactic isn't really working for her. The only time it did was before the Ohio Primary when her campaign distorted that story on NAFTA. That was less than honest. Obama seemed prepared for the Ayers question and Hillary kinda walked into a trap- He knew she'd attack him on that while she didn't know he'd come back. This has been a recurring theme in her campaign- they can attack but are unable to take a punch. The Clintons had a significant advantage in the campaign with name recognition- they squandered it and have been out maneuvered for the most part by Obama's campaign. This shouldn't have happened and you have to blame Clinton (which ever one you want)- and credit Obama's side for being where they are.

    I like Hillary but I'm supporting Obama because I think he is the person you can trust the most and that is something we haven't had in the White House for a considerable time.

    We are starting to see that this race is hurting the party. It's like getting in the ring with one fighter while another fighter watches. When you're done fighting the first guy (or gal) the next fighter steps in after watching your technique strengths and weaknesses. This isn't favorable for the person who fights twice. What the democratic fighters need to do is attack McCain together- stop attacking each other. He can't fight two at once.

    April 17, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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