April 17th, 2008
02:29 PM ET
7 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. Sean

    Bet she didn't see that one coming! Once again, her husbands public stance on an issue contradicts what Hillary is saying she stands for. In the end, who will she have more loyalty to? She is literally in bed with one of the biggest lobbyists out there.

    April 17, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Hofzer

    Oops, did the kitchen sink land on your toe?

    April 17, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. enomisa

    William Ayers made hateful comments in recent years, after 9/11.

    Did the pardoned individuals do the same?

    It is okay and Christian to pardon and forgive those who have regretted and repented.

    Go Hillary.

    April 17, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Susan

    Typical Obama wimping out. He can't take the pressure so, despite claiming that he's a new kind of politician, he throws another irrelevant punch to change the subject. The R's are going to chew him up and spit him out.

    April 17, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Middle-aged American

    The only winner of this "debate" was the media. As long as they keep this circus running, they keep raking in the advertising dollars. These events are being billed like the superbowl, and the commercial business that is the media is cashing in the whole way.

    I watched the "debate" and it was a 3 on 1 attack on Obama. Even people who don't support Obama could see how biased it was. ABC? More like TMZ. The political powers that be need to take the reigns & salvage what little dignity is left in the Democratic party.

    Did anyone else notice that no one asked Clinton about the $800K Columbia fiasco? Or how she would keep the leash on Bill if she were in the WH? She got off easy, while Obama was slammed. And I think he handled himself with decorum & dignity, and he TRIED to keep on topic (except when he had to defend himself).

    April 17, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Marc, Tacoma Wash

    All the Hillary supporters were asking about Obama and Ayers. Now that they are asking the Clintons there role with two defendants, she don't know what to say. Shame on you Hillary. Oh by the way, the Superdelegates in Oklahoma are switching there vote after the debate yesterday. They now want to go with Obama. He does it again. Her middle east policy is very scary and she sounds like she is sending out full force if Isreal is attacked. That is huge and she is really crazy.

    April 17, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Robin Country Club Hills

    When you dig a ditch for someone make sure your husband hasn't already dug one for you. Bill really should have reminded Hillary about the pardons and warned her not to got down that "dark alleyway"

    April 17, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Its True

    Hillary, Open Mouth, Insert Foot. You dished it out now take it. Who else has the Clintons pardoned? 🙂

    April 17, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. kim nyc

    That was an AWESOME COMEBACK from Barack. Hey if she doesn't know the THUNDER she should stay quiet.

    April 17, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. AZM

    Great answer... I'm a militant... but your husband pardoned a couple of the other ones.
    Great answer... hedge, hedge, hedge..

    Good to see that campaign of change and unity... NOT

    April 17, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. mike

    that;s funny that CNN runs this story now. Last two weeks when it was Obama's involvement it was never mention.

    April 17, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Dan in CO

    Hillary's chickens have come home to roost...

    April 17, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. just saying

    CNN where are the headlines praising Hillary in last night's debate?

    Is it because she outshone the golden bull boy?

    Is it because ABC did what you were unwilling to do- put on a fair debate on topics and positions? Is it because it was framed against the constitution and not as an American Idol show?

    Shame on you CNN.

    I suppose you feel you must pander to the Latte-sipping internet generation. Well I am of that generation- and I do not like your slanted biased reporting posing as news.

    Rise above the need for ratings and start journalistic reporting again.

    April 17, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    Will this never end?

    April 17, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Kris

    too funny. hopefully they will ask about the 16 FALN terrorist sympathizers that Bill Pardoned as well.

    April 17, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Bill

    It's her husband,stupid,not Hillary...Stop blaming her husband's screw ups on her....I don't blame our present president's screw ups,which are many, on his father.

    April 17, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Yola

    She will just use her usual words – I don't agree with everything my husband did.


    April 17, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. No Republicans in Whitehouse

    Stop attacking each other – start talking the last 8 years of Republican record.

    April 17, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. April in Texas

    Well well well.. Maybe my questions will get answered or at least some of them.. Im listening but please dont try to lie again Hillary..

    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. There are More Bad Pardons!

    Well, Bill also pardoned some Puerto Rican bombers just before Hillary ran for Senate of NY (Hmmm...pandering for PR votes?)

    BO served as a board member on a charity organization with Ayers. He did not elect Ayers! Get real, people.

    April 17, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. female grad student NYC

    I think Obama himself pointed out that he shouldn't be held responsible for what 'someone ELSE' did. Shouldn't that logic apply to Hillary as well?

    More media manipulation – I guess that was a tough blow for Obama last night when he flopped at the debate. It's tough being under the light, isn't it? Now we know who performs better under pressure.

    HILLARY CLINTON IS BETTER THAN HER CAMPAIGN! and Obama is worse than his.

    see through the media bias and judge for yourself who the better candidate is – let's rise above the sheep-dom.... i refuse to buy something just because i see millions of commercials for it and the media 'says i should.'

    Obama supporters need to admit that Senator Clinton was WAY more in the know when it came to policy, plans, and solutions – give her credit where it's due even if you aren't voting for her!

    please post this CNN!

    April 17, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Willis, Texas

    Again Camp Hillary showed signs of tunnel vision. They were going after Obama by indicating he served on a charity committee with Ayers and attended a dinner at Ayers' home while on that committee.

    That did not expect the "bomb shell" of Obama countering with the Clinton pardon of people who plotted against the U.S. and carried out violets attachs! Why would Clinton do such a thing - that is treason!

    Now who's more patriotic - all the negative business over Obama's lack of a "flag pin" when you have presidents pardoning acts of treason? Who has better judgment?!!

    Another reason the Clintons should NOT be go back to the White House.

    April 17, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Nick

    Who cares! She has more gabbage that we don't bring up. Does anyone know Peter Paul and the chinese guy who raised money for Hillary? Obama doesn't wanna get into food fight.
    This nonsense has to stop and stop quickly!

    April 17, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Christian, Tampa FL

    It was great strategy of Obama to shoot back at Clinton about the WU pardons. A bit dirty, but awesome.

    April 17, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Eric

    I do not understand Hillary's campaign. Even though I have no respect for the way she conducts herself, she is bright and astucious. I am amazed by this need of hers to always get in troubles. There is a self-destruction going on here.

    April 17, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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