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.

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  1. Maaden

    I knew a crazy man in our neigborhood. We used to be childhood friends. I guess by Hilary/CNN/ABC and right wing argument, I'm also a crazy person. Well, as a white I know this argument wouldn't apply to me, it's only applicable to OBAMA!

    April 17, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Dan , TX

    Ok, so democrats, now this is getting to the point where it IS beginning to hurt the democrats chance in the fall. Stop attacking each other and tell us why a democratic president is better than another republican president.

    All we heard last night was innuendo and smear. Do we believe that Obama and Clinton hate America? I don't.

    Do we believe that Clinton and Obama believe that planting bombs at the Pentagon is an acceptable way to show anger with the government? I don't.

    Anyone who does is as self-delusional as any terrorist. Calling people names isn't a great way to determine if they are good candidates. The moderators last night basically said – we accuse you of being 1) unpatriotic 2) a hate-filled bigot 3) a terrorist sympathizer.

    What the heck are the candidates supposed to say? The proper answer is that you are asking insulting stupid questions.

    I like the tax questions. I don't think either candidate really explained their positions very well. But after being accused as they were, maybe they were both thrown a little off guard. ABC was clumsy and stupid and they think we are too. ABC I feel that you insulted ME.

    April 17, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. brain

    From MSNBC – Some 300,000 U.S. troops are suffering from depression or post traumatic stress from serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 320,000 received brain injuries, a new study estimates.

    But by all means, let's talk about flag lapel pins. Now that's important.

    April 17, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. GOOSE

    Obama's goose is cooked.

    His hype of hope has been exposed.

    He peddles hate as love and religion.
    He peddles division as unity.
    He is a new type of politician that runs an old style of attack campaign.

    He and his wife believe in Hating America unless A black man can run it his way.

    April 17, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Sharon, Seattle

    Check out the Bosnia and Back Again video on You Tube. How does that song go? True colors......

    April 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. bertha

    American people are smarter than the Clintons and ABC.
    Sorry Hillary just lost my vote!

    April 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Pat

    If Obama gets elected....the military will overwhelmed with lawsuits.
    Soldiers will line up to be released from service.

    Saluting the flag .....not important? Why should soldiers salute him?

    April 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Sylvia

    if you do not want pardons, then take away the option. What Bill Clinton did is what every president does at the end of their term which is PARDON THE GUILTY....big difference from what they are accusing OBAMA of..........Obama is a wimp and it SHOWED LAST NIGHT

    April 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Barb Canada

    Republicans see the weakness........notice they all of a sudden want Obama to be the nominee.

    April 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. HC

    When will all this nonsense com to an end? Let's talk about real issues. I'm just tired how the media is just living and thriving on non-issues just for the hype and to create more division. And the superdelegates should pledge after april 22 so this whole soap opera can end. Grow up america

    April 17, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. uchujin

    Hey Bill!!!!

    Why not blame her? She's trying to claim the positive points and successes of his tenure as qualifying experience for the Presidency, why not the negatives and failures too???

    Oh, I'm sorry Mr. President, I didn't realize it was you making this comment under a different handle.

    April 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Len in Washington

    To "Bill" at the beginning of all these.

    "It's her husband, stupid, not Hillary. Stop blaming her husbands screw ups on her."

    Uh, Bill....
    "It's his Pastor, stupid, not Obama. Stop blaming Wrights screw ups on him."

    'Nuf said.

    April 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Sarah

    Always pointing that finger. So condecending. No more Clintons!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. stacy

    I am an old white democrat female and will vote for John McCain before I will vote for Obama.

    April 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. M.Goldin

    Hillary supporters sho say Barack looked like a deer under the inquisition should thank him. The only real powerful counterpunch on the pardons Hillary immediately recoiled choosing to respond after the break and then never brought it up. Think what would happen if she was going after a similar or old-style politician like the republicans.

    April 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. omc

    HE is the one who pardoned them – not her. Why should she be held accountable to answer for what he did? Oh – and I'm not even a Democrat.

    April 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Pat

    OBAMA...like his brother "Abongo "Roy" Odinga" who hates America, and their communist grandfather who ran with Russia and hated America, not to mention his socialist connection with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, and his profound childhood mentor Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Communist Party.

    OBAMA...was a member of the Woods Fund with communist domestic terrorist Bill Ayers who bombed the Pentagon, the US Capital, among other things.

    April 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Matt

    I'm sorry, but the "I'm not sure, but I'll check" response typically doesn't fly in politics. Coming from a professional human spin cycle such as Howard Wolfson, I really would have expected a more drawn-out, illogical response than that.

    April 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. The Truth

    Don't talk bad bout Mr. Obama................u gonna get deleted.

    April 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. She is smart

    Of course she saw his ploy coming.

    She is smarter than Obama.

    She also realizes it has nothing to do with HER or her campaign.

    She preffered to discuss the issues- and not be derailed by his constant inappropriate attacks.

    Stay with the issues Hillary. That is what we want and love about you.

    Let him wallow in hate and violence.

    Stick with love and forgiveness.

    April 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Lorrie

    Hillary has made a point of taking credit for things done during the "Clinton Administration" therefore when Bill pardoned those criminals ...she should also be responsible. She has also claimed her "experience" from being in the White House. If she learned how to be a President from Bill.... then we are in trouble.

    April 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. linda

    Mary,get a clue! Rodham is NOT Hillary's middle name...it is her MAIDEN name! Geez!

    April 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. bertha

    BOYCOTT!!! Make them apologise for their blatant disdain for the American Public. Make them apologise for not telling the truth on why we invaded Iraq. Make them accountable for greed and hubris while kids are dying in Iraq. Tell the Truth ABC. We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore. Make them accountable to US!! Make them apologise to us for treating us like we're stupid. Too bad, ABC, you are the ones who will take the brunt for all the lies from corporate media. You just pushed your luck a little too far. Apologise!! Demand it!! Charlie...while you are worrying about your capital gains tax, kids are dying, dying in a war your company promoted. BOYCOTT, until they apologise for getting paid millions for not doing their job. And DEMAND that everyone at corporate wear their flag lapel pin.

    April 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Annoyed!

    Hello CNN- she didn't bring it up, the commentators did. GREAT REPORTING!!! You guys are sooo biased!

    April 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Obama will be President

    ABC hosted a horrible debate. The policy questions were 45 minutes in to the debate! The hosts kept interupting, it was plain awful..NBC or CNN from now on please.

    April 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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