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. Gregg LA

    I'T THE OLD DEBATE ALL THE TIME, OBAMA IS COPYING ALL HILLARY'S ANSWER BUT PUT IT IN DIFFERENT WORDS.

    April 17, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    female grad student NYC,

    No Hillary should be held responsible for the bad things of her husband's adminstration. Because Hillary, as well as her surrogates and supporters like you, seem to think she be responsibility for the good things. You can't just take the good and leave the bad. It doesn't work that way, honey. Unless, in typical Clinton manner, you believe all the rules should favor you and make things more difficult for your competitors. Pathetic. HRC is a fraud and a con artist. She is a snake-oil saleswoman.

    April 17, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Matt

    People don't forget

    April 17, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Vince

    If anyone saw the debate last night, Obama fully explained his relationship with this guy, pointed out that he was 8 years old when the illegal activities occurred and seemed perfectly willing to drop the subject.

    Hillary of course had to add her digs in. Which forced Obama to ask why Bill had pardoned two of these people.

    Hillary, with the help of the moderators was perfectly willing to keep the negative attacks going all night long. Only Obama seemed interested in discussing the issues.

    April 17, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Mark Hudson

    Hillary was not in the Oval Office. She didn't create any pardons. As she has proven time and agian, she is not Bill Clinton. Nice try, Obama.

    April 17, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. MIKE, PA

    I cannot wait for this to get over....
    i am looking forward to McCain tearing this boy out right and left....
    There is no chance the Hussain Obama is going to withstand Mccain. he might have to get therapy from Rev Wright.

    I want my president and his family to be patriotic.... throughout their life, not just for elections.

    April 17, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Marc, Tacoma Wash

    PeterPaulGate. Good one Emmanuel. I am waiting for that one to come and blow up in Hillary's face. That will be one of the biggest scandals.

    April 17, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Noah

    What is the point to all of this. Most people on the blogs are going to find anything to tear down Hillary. Well, she clearly won that debate last night..I find it more interesting that Obama dodged most of his questions and then tried to throw an attack on Hillary.

    Also, It does not matter who Bill Clinton pardoned or what Bill Clinton did. He is not running for office. Hillary is not Bill Clinton and can and should be judged on her merits, not a former President, husband or not.

    Stick to the issues and you will see Clinton is far superior to Obama.

    April 17, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Obama Supporter

    The Clinton last-minute pardons were considered to be absolutely horrible at the time – you can still read the NY Times articles online about the large numbers of pardons under very suspicious circumstances. The NY Times was disgusted, and I don't think anyone would disagree that it is a paper on the more liberal half of the spectrum.

    Do an internet search and you will get all the info you want on the Clinton pardons...

    April 17, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Bill - Charlotte

    Hillary is like a basketball team twenty points behind with only 60 seconds left. All she has left now to do is foul. If she would look in the stands, the crowd is leaving and going to McCain.
    There is nothing new here except the minutia being drudged up by the media and tired old fouls by Clinton. This needs a merciful ending or there won't be a Democrat President in January 2009..

    April 17, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. rezagui1@hotmail.com

    Hippocricy and lies from the Clintons. Say it isn't so. Let's face it, Obama didn't bring up the involvement of the Clintons until she brought up the issue as an attack against Obama. Seems like another backfire, and proof that her and her husband have yet to be fully vetted. Think what the repugs would do to her. We are so fortunate we will have Obama as our nominee. He will make a great president.

    April 17, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. psychmaj

    It's funny how they didn't want the audience to clap. We all know who'd they clap for.

    April 17, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. South Beach

    The other Weathermen (those who were not killed in the explosion of the townhouse) did their time, a lot of it. Ayers got away with it due to mistakes by the prosecution. Also, he was the leader.

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

    ****News Alert****

    Moderators for the next debate will be Carvelle and Penn!

    April 17, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Debra in LA

    Where was Hillary's flag pin? She was wearing a suit, why isn't she questioned on her patiotism, I agreed with Obama, people will vote pro-life, pro-gun and not look at what a candidate will do economically. I am not from a small town but am bitter. I work hard only to have 2 companies I work for go under in the last 7 years.

    April 17, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. The Truth Will Set You Free

    From Dreams Of My Father;

    “I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I
    began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites”

    April 17, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. zeena

    I loved that man's question-
    "Hillary you have lost my vote with sniper fire story..what will you say to get my vote back"

    LOL...

    April 17, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Jamaal Kansas

    This is Karma once you do dirt dirt comes back to you see Hilary your comments backfired right on her This is what happens when you Play Poltics! Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Jesse

    ~~

    Here we go again... Clinton on the negative attacks again!!

    Hello... Hillary you were there gaining your experience while your husband Bill pardoned these members??

    Bottom line the Clinton's are grasping at straws and always seem to come up with the short one

    The more that Obama doesn't stoop to their level the more he will win the people over. I know of 3 people who changed their vote to Obama just because of Clinton's negative attacks

    Bill / Hill it's time for you guys to drop out of this race and stop dividing the party!

    April 17, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. female grad student NYC

    Sean- I totally agree that the attack is fair, my only concern is that CNN shows way more of the attacks on Clinton than Obama – you can see for yourself many HRC supporters are calling CNN out for not publicizing when Obama was in question. They also don't cover her gain of superdelegates, or when she was up 20% in the polls in PA last week. it's not objective journalism.

    the attacks on both sides are all fair – it's politics! I do think Hillary responds better to them. She never goes off on a tirade calling him "Annie Oakley", she is much more graceful and diplomatic.

    April 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. MIKE, PA

    BARACK HUSSAIN OBAMA IS WINNING AMONGST LIBERALS.....

    THERE IS NO CHANCE THE AMERICA WILL ELECT HIM IN NOV..... IF HE IS THE NOMINEE, I PITY DEMOCRATS !

    April 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. karen from va

    Who cares? She's history.

    April 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Paul

    Politics is a lot murkier. In the recent article in Times, the writer talks about the influence of Barak"s mother in his upbringing. Strangely Barak was not even by her side when she was on the death bed. What about dad, what influence he got from that side? Why does he not talk about this relationship. The mother I think was invoked just to get white votes.

    April 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. jessie

    Obama was questioned about his relationship with Bill Ayer as well. How come this is not on the ticker?

    April 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Kena Clark

    I'm a 26 year old, unemployed college graduate. The debate last night was the laughing stock of all countries! Simply because it shows how pety Americans really are. Here we are in the year 2008 and Hillary Clinton's campaign is involved in the biggest gossip against Obama. Americans can look back and look at what her husband did for our economy and so forth, but let's not forget that he was invloved in one of the biggest scandles with his affair. Hillary was not even strong enough to leave her unfaithful husband. How is she strong enough to lead a country. I'll tell you how, by letting her husband run it. This election is a bunch of gossip. Let's stick to the issues and not who someone knew or use to know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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