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. Miles Shepard

    I really do not understand our country. I served in Vietnam and as anyone that has been in combat knows. You cannot win a war unless you have the troops to clear every town of wepons and keep troops in the town to build trust with the people.

    Second, I cannot belive we are still wanting to put people in space. Why are we not taking that money and knowledge and using it to build cars that do not depend on oil. Look at what our grandparents did for our country during World War Two.

    Third, I believe anyone that runs for President of the United States should only be able to receive funds approved by the people of the United States. No Lobbyist money, No Corporate money, No Special interest money.

    Thank you,

    Miles Shepard

    April 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. chris isner

    How is it again that Clinton has any chance whatsoever of gaining the nomination? Seriously, I'm unclear on how that could possibly happen. Is she hoping for 150 more superdelegates than Obama?

    April 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Carl

    I think the whole point of this is simple: both have ties to an organization that sought to promore terrorist acts on it's own people.

    That cannot be tolerated....

    And to the guy that quoted "From Dreams of my father"....

    purity in the races will always be a multi way bridge, with each race doing it's part to help out the greater issue. Unfortunately, when you have bigots, racists, and people that simply blame white people, blacks, etc. for their own problems, YOU GET NOTHING but hate. Hate is also a multi-way bridge, with all races and nationalities having their own little way as well.

    April 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Annoyed!

    So Obama reflects attention off his relationship with terrorists by pointing out that Bill, NOT HILLARY, pardoned people in the same group.

    I'M NOT FALLING FOR IT- YOU'RE STILL GUILTY OBAMA!!!!

    April 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Kathy Indiana

    So why wasn't Hillary asked about Bill's pardon, and only Obama was questioned about "terrorist connections? Or any of Hillary's other known credibility incidents? This debate was a hatchet job on Obama, and as far as I'm concerned ABC has joined FOX in insignificance.

    April 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. patty hogan

    Comentators did wonderful jobs.

    April 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. ihatewhitey@obama.net

    Obama has connections with Ayers, not Hillary! Hillary didn't issue the pardons and had no say in them. ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OBAMA, WITHOUT AN ATTACK AND ANOTHER QUESTION! What a FRAUD!

    April 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Carol

    OMG

    Hillary is just Pathetic !

    Please drop out now !

    April 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Venus

    Yes! It always some thing they ask Obama about that Bill Clinton is some how connected! Go Obama – keep you foot on her neck. You did great last night considering it was 3 to 1! Hillary couldn't hang with one question about sniper fire!

    April 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Monroe

    To all these "the past is past" posters– Where is the evidence for your claims? What do you know about the current beliefs or the repentance of those two weatherwomen?

    And how in God's name can you still be supporting the liar Hillary Clinton? Why does she appeal to you? Her vote to authorize the war maybe?

    April 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Jessica from OKC

    I find it funny how people claim that CNN is biased, and claim something ISN'T biased when it IS fair. It's popular amongst the clintonites. :3 "OMG they asked clinton a hard question! That's not fair!" I bet if they asked, "Mrs. Clinton, is the sky blue?" but asked Obama, "How much weight can a sparrow carry and for how long?" they'd consider it fair.

    Grow up, both sides. I'm for Obama, but I am SICK of how we tear each other up. I can't like Hillary. she's too much of a witch. Yeah, she is. And I like Obama because he's speaking to the people, and didn't grow up priveledged. No, he's not elitist–Hillary is. She's just planning on taking Obama down with her, fighting to the end.

    Hillary needs to quit whining. Bill needs to keep his mouth shut and something else in his pants. And Chelsea needs to grow up, as do ALL of you–Obama and Clinton supporters alike.

    Thank you. :3

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

    Zak from Chicago,

    You are absolutely right. Also, listening to Sean Hannity is an insult to my intellect.

    April 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. wwf

    Wow!!!! Many of you cannot see the forrest for the trees. It seems to me that your candidtate would have to beat up a blind child for you to even question them. I am sure the blind child would be at fault. Just like "screw them" when talking about southern whites. I am sure she misspoke there too. Talk about the blind leading the blind. Lets see. Screw the white southerners, young people are stupid, what is left to vote? Oh, the gullible

    April 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. RufusVonDufus

    Sorry, but it is not just the Underground pardons that need to be answered for. How about Marc Rich, the ones orchestrated by her goofy brothers or was it Clinton's goofy brother, the FALN pardons, etc. These two Clintons are shameless politicians only in it for themselves and that is why I WILL only vote for Obama or McCain.
    Clintons are not worth my effort or care!

    April 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Shawna

    YOU DON'T CHOSE YOUR FAMILY, BUT YOU DO CHOSE YOUR SPOUSE AND WHO YOU PARDON.....First NAFTA, then the Columbian Trade Agreement, now the Weather Underground....Hillary and Bill sure disagreed on a lot while they were running the county!

    April 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. mike

    This debate was horrible.

    Filled with non issues, and tabloid type questions. I believe Obama was in shock most of the debate!

    I do believe it made Hillary look bad. She declined to comment when he mentioned Bill's pardons, when she tried to slam Obama on a fleeting relationship with Ayers, moments before.

    Hillary made the biggest mistake!

    She admitted Obama is electable, although she was pressed to do it.

    She could have told the truth about how she feels, if she indeed feels Obama is not electable!

    At any rate, she and Harold Ickes can play that tune to the Supers anymore, or she will certainly look like a blantant liar!

    I donated again to Obama, after the debate!

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

    The debate was one sided to get at Obama. No one was on Clinton and the things she's done.

    April 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. ellianna

    I don't know how you can say your not stupid when the STUPIDITY that played out of the "Clinton Campaign Playbook" has not only been stupid, but it has nearly torn the Democratic party apart, and has certainly given John McCain some momentum!!

    Barack Obama has picked up FIVE SUPERDELEGATES IN THE LAST FEW DAYS!! That tell's me that ONE BY ONE - THEY ARE MARCHING - RIGHT ON OVER TO BARACK OBAMA!!

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander!!! HILLARY CERTAINLY FELT SOME HEAT LAST NIGHT!! And the HEAT will only continue!! IT'S BARBEQUE TIME, HILLARY - CHARCOAL AND ALL - YOU WILL BE ROASTED!!!

    April 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. LD

    Hillary dismisses herself when in her campaign saying Obama is not electable. NOW, in the last night debates, she comfirms three times he's electable. Where does Hillarry stand and what does she mean to the american people ? Can we count on Hillary's words? We don't think so. Her campaign is really crazy.

    April 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Mark

    As an independent voter these days and watching the dems go on, anyone who really believes that Hillary is electable is either naive or foolish. At this point, she could not beat John McCain and as a side note, anyone can discuss or have a plan but implementing that plan a different story...

    April 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. RepublicanforObama

    This debate was horrible.

    Filled with non issues, and tabloid type questions. I believe Obama was in shock most of the debate!

    I do believe it made Hillary look bad. She declined to comment when he mentioned Bill's pardons, when she tried to slam Obama on a fleeting relationship with Ayers, moments before.

    Hillary made the biggest mistake!

    She admitted Obama is electable, although she was pressed to do it.

    She could have told the truth about how she feels, if she indeed feels Obama is not electable!

    At any rate, she and Harold Ickes can play that tune to the Supers anymore, or she will certainly look like a blantant liar!

    I donated again to Obama, after the debate!

    April 17, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Jason, San Diego

    Hillary is such a poll-hungry, fickle woman. She has certainly proven herself to be a decent Republican-minded politico, but she lacks heart, she lacks integrity, and she sure as hell lacks my support.

    Does anyone else find it odd that no one has jumped on her weird Bible-friendship with the likes of John Ashcroft? Come on, CNN, we shouldn't have to scour Mother Jones and The Nation to learn about her sketchy religiosity.

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

    What a terrible debate in terms of real substantive issues being talked about. Charles Gibson and George Stephonopolous just perpetuated stories that mean nothing in terms of the issues that this country faces.

    The only positive I see is that the more that comes out before the general election on either Dem candidate takes away the thunder the GOP may have generated by bringing it up this fall.

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

    Bottom line is that the so-called "Debate" sucked canal water. The only real winners where ABC's sponsors; They received far more air time than any of the REAL ISSUES received.

    I'm not sure which alternate Universe the Clintons live in, but it sure must be one hateful, spiteful, self-serving, holier-than-thou place, where no one dares speak the truth.

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

    Shameful performance by George S. Barack did a good job of parrying the Willaim Ayres question. "I was 8 years old" exposes just how inane the question really is.

    On the other hand we have Hillary sounding like somewhere deep down she is coming to a slow realization that just isn't going to go her way. Hope she doesn't firebomb the place on the way out the door. ;)

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