April 17th, 2008
02:29 PM ET
3 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. ABC ...Wheres the Beef?

    I thought both candidates did well. I do feel that ABC left out important issues like. Federal spending, Home forclosures, NAFTA changes, Climate Control. I also wanted to know about Employment Rates and the Struggling Economy. Let us not forget about our weak Dollar. If it serves me correct.....How did this debate help me on the issues.

    I am a little frustrated that I had a TMZ, or National Enquirer Debate last night. I hope the next debate can be about the topics and not about Hillary and Baracks tiffs with one another and who said what debate.

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Brent Christopher

    Why was this tabloid "debate" ever aired? ABC has hit the gutters.

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. gary

    HERE WE GO WITH THE O.B. SUPPORTERS AND CLINTON HATERS. I THAUGHT THE DEBATE SHOWED MORE ON HER ISSUES AND PLANS THAN O.B. O.B. SEEMED TO AGREE AND COPY HER AGAIN.HRC TALKED ALOT MORE KNOWLEDGABLE. HRC ATLEAST SAID SHE WOULD SUPPORT O.B. IF HE WON. O.B. DIDNT REPEAT THE SAME. THAT SHOWS ME THAT HRC WANTS TO HELP THE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY LIKE SHE ALWAYS HAD. O.B. JUST CARES ABOUT HIMSELF AND MAKING HISTORY. SO KEEP HATING YOU HATERS.ITS YOU HATERS THAT MADE THIS RACE UN INTERESTING. THE MORTALITY OF YOU YOUNG SHOW WITH EACH BASH YOU DO TO THE CLINTONS. YOU ALL NEED TO GROW UP BEFORE YOU VOTE. YOU DONT VOTE FOR A CANIDATE YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. WAKE UP BEFORE ITS TO LATE.

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. dras

    Maybe the Weather Underground had some good ideas. Just thinking of how it's nearly impossible to find one Government program that has produced anything that has helped our country reach the level that we believe we're capable of doing should tell us how we're on the wrong track. Countries that our Military bombed to smithereens now have a better economy, educational system and even health care for everyone.
    Sometimes you have to wonder just where in the heck are we going.

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Scot

    Interesting photo for this piece... Is Hillary going beyond the kitchen sink, guns and bowling to challenge Obama to a booger contest?

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. gerald strother

    LOOK WHAT NEWS PAPER SUPPORT OBAMA IN PA TODAY ??

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. gary

    HERE WE GO WITH THE O.B. SUPPORTERS AND CLINTON HATERS. I THAUGHT THE DEBATE SHOWED MORE ON HER ISSUES AND PLANS THAN O.B. O.B. SEEMED TO AGREE AND COPY HER AGAIN.HRC TALKED ALOT MORE KNOWLEDGABLE. HRC ATLEAST SAID SHE WOULD SUPPORT O.B. IF HE WON. O.B. DIDNT REPEAT THE SAME. THAT SHOWS ME THAT HRC WANTS TO HELP THE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY LIKE SHE ALWAYS HAD. O.B. JUST CARES ABOUT HIMSELF AND MAKING HISTORY. SO KEEP HATING YOU HATERS.ITS YOU HATERS THAT MADE THIS RACE UN INTERESTING. THE MORTALITY OF YOU YOUNG SHOW WITH EACH BASH YOU DO TO THE CLINTONS. YOU ALL NEED TO GROW UP BEFORE YOU VOTE. YOU DONT VOTE FOR A CANIDATE YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. WAKE UP BEFORE ITS TO LATE.

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Joe in CA

    Bill, you can't make a distinction between her and her husband because she keeps pointing to the "Clinton Years". You can't take credit for how good things were with Bill, and how it will be the same under her, yet say forget the pardons and nafta. She can't have it both ways.

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Change needed

    People are questioning Obama's patriotism, but why isn't anyone questioning Bill Clinton's patriotism? Bill Clinton burned an American flag while he attended Oxford University in England. Moreover, Bush and Cheney are draft dodgers, but no one is questioning their patriotism. Oh that's right, they wear an American flag in thier lapel, so that gives them carte blanche to screw over America, lie to Congress and start a fame war.

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Ramon

    I thought the debate was good,they both got asked some hard questions's ,it was better then to see CNN's own Campbell Brown basiclly slobber over obama,everything pro equal oppurtunity is anti obama,thats the problem with the media the need stop attacking & letting the other sitt back with thier pillow?

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. gerald strother

    LOOK WHAT NEWS PAPER SUPPORT OBAMA IN PA TODAY ??

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. alex@uga.edu

    The weather underground never killed anyone. Their only casualites were three of their own members.

    Hillary mispoke again!

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. me

    I think i make a better president............Hillary....i love u but it is time to move on with the party. u tried ur best and we real appreciate you.

    Viva Obama!

    April 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. HP Boston

    Poor BO supporters are deranged and vicious, we do not like any of you or your cult leader, you spew hate all day every day. Shame on all of you! Obama is weak he will lose the WH for the Dem's. He can not win the GE, ever, I do not care what anyone says, he is a loser!

    April 17, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Sean

    mary: Rodham is NOT her middle name. It is her maiden name, and she choses to go by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her full name is Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton. Not to mention, Rodham isn't even mentioned in this article.

    April 17, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. New

    Speaking of Hillary has anyone read her SCREW THEM COMMENT from 1994????? That in my opinoin makes the bitter comment seem like nohting

    April 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. richard

    CNN do your job.
    Obama got pwned last night. Let me get this straight. Im 8 when a domestic terrorist bombs buildings and people in the U.S.A. Now im in my late fourties and being fully aware of this and Ayers wishing he should have bombed more and killed more and am now still hanging with him. Which in turn gives him some legitamacy. How about a U.S. Senator not hang with this dude in the first place. Take off the tinfoil caps obamabots the information is being blocked.

    April 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. DC Steve

    I hope she dosent get "bitter" about the Karma that's about to grace her doorstep!

    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Barb Canada

    Lt Chicago governor's office, says that he does seem to remember Obama being at the party to honor Nadhmi Auchi! Now for those who don't know who he is.....A billionaire side kick of Saddam, who helped Saddam kill the leader who served before him........another witness says not only was Obama at the party but he toasted Auchi a few times!

    April 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Jimmy from PA

    As an Hillary supporter, I realized that she is doing and saying anything to win the nomination. She refuses to stick to the issues. She's throwing the kitchen sink left and right. Well, I guess that one fell on her toe. It's time to come together to defeat McSane!

    April 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. HSD-NYC

    Now that the flood gate is finally opening, to anyone who wishes to learn who else Bill Clinton pardoned – like Hillary Clinton's law partners who were convicted in the Whitewater Scandal – simply go on Google and search "Clinton Scandals"

    April 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. enomisa

    Why does the Obama campaign keep insisting that Bill is the candidate?

    Can't Obama hold up against the real candidate.

    Hillary Clinton is the candidate.

    Why does he keep attacking Hillary on someone elses's record.

    She is her own person.

    Plus the past sins can be forgiven after the person changes their way. Ayers is still peddling his anti- American hate. As is Rev Wright. That is the present. They have not changed.

    THAT IS THE DISTINCTION FOLKS.

    April 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. JJ

    Have you people read the comments by Ayer? They were printed on 9/11 but were said days before the attacks.

    April 17, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. ceci

    Hillary, Billary, Bubba YOU ARE TOAST! You both are lying, conving, cheating, arrogant, elitist, scum! Go home and get your ugly daughter married off.

    April 17, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. ExPat

    The votes are in. Charlie and George are the worst debate moderators. With a field that includes Ms. Brown of CNN that is some feat! The American news media is a disgrace.

    April 17, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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