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.

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  1. White woman for Obama!

    Did you hear that Harry Thomas Jr., initially a supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is announcing in minutes that he will cast his vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver for Sen. Barack Obama.

    Cnn, of course you won't post this.

    April 17, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Josh in B'ham

    "Is it because ABC did what you were unwilling to do- put on a fair debate on topics and positions?"

    Are you serious 'Just saying' Fair debate? The first 50 minutes were nothing but attacks on Obama, no REAL issues. Hillary will do nothing to help bring this country together, just keep us divided. Wake up Hillary supporters your being duped!

    Obama '08!!

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

    "The Clintons pardoning"?? That was BILL Clinton, not HILLARY. Last time I checked, the first lady didn't have the authority to pardon.

    Good grief – you Obamabots will cling to anything to make Hillary look bad!

    Golden boy had a bad night, so you're grasping!


    April 17, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Brown

    Clintons career is over. J Thanks for the truth! Everday I hear more bull, I wander if Democrats have any sense. Hillary needs to go now. Not April 23, not May 7, not June 3rd, not in Denver, but right now. She lost . Suck it up. Better luck next time!

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Sean

    When will people realize that Larry Sinclair is a liar, proven by two different lie detector tests. There is a reason no one is covering that story. THERE IS NO STORY!

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Rosalynd Florida

    Yes, Hillary's attacks keep coming back to bite her which is why she should cease engaging in them. Same Old politics gets you the same result: Negative ratings going sky high.

    Get a clue Clinton camp, it is soooo over! You ran on the wrong platform as the experienced candidate, you ignored the Obama camp thinking it was a fairy tale (as old Bill stated) and now you are going to lose. Maybe the Clinton's will learn something this time.

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. blerepred

    Press releases answering the charges, after the fact,....... on the next day? Is this how he will conduct foreign policy, with a, 'we'll get back to you"? You either 'got it' now or you don't 'got it'. There are no do-overs when you are sitting across the table from the allies, the enemies or the lukewarm. I believe that Obama has no real interest in foreign policy, is a pacifist, and only wants to be a hero on domestic policy. Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a world where foreign policy could be ignored? We haven't lived there for decades.

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. l. hawks

    What I took away from this part of the debate is that (a) Little Lord Fauntleroy lacks HRC's ability to take a punch, and (b) Obama was disingenuous in characterizing his relationship with Ayres as entirely casual.

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Latina Here


    Everyone has been asking about Bill Ayers and the only time you post something about his relationship with Obama you turn it around and bring Hillary down with you post.

    SHAME on CNN
    I want to KNOW what friendly relationship Ayers has with Obama. Hillary has no relationship. I AM PIST AT CNN!!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. typical whte male

    Obama has a way of deflecting his baggage – should give everyone an idea that he will not take responsibility for his mistakes and flat our wrong positions. He is a disgrace and inflates his community organizing accomplishments. Hillary showed once again that she is far more aware and informed of the current events and issues that face us.
    Once again, no matter what Hillary says, I will not vote for Obama if he gets the nod as I respect both Hillary and McCain and I have no problem voting for upstanding citezens with proven accomplishments.

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. SDunn

    They're not going to post comments about her outshining him on the debate because the debate was ridiculously biased! She looked like a fool and her answers were so rehearsed. That is why. Maybe if the questions were evenly asked, for example, Hilary was also asked about her huge Gaffes this week-NAFTA, Colombian Trade Agreement, Mark Penn, and Obama was able to answer his questions without being cut off over and over again, then yes I wouldn't have said it was biased. But they spent the first 45 minutes interrogating Obama and she just gloated in that. She has not been fully vetted that's what boggles me. She has a lot of stuff hidden in her closet and believe me you need to be thankful that Obama isn't throwing all that stuff in her face. Just because Obama doesn't bring up her drama doesn't mean it's not there. Also the Peter Paul trial is coming up and she still hasn't been fully vetted on that!

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. kim, pa

    Tuesday, April 22... i'll be pulling the lever for Hillary....

    the Republicans will trample BarackyBoy.

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Sam

    Come on ABC-

    Stephanopoulos ambushed Obama with the Ayers question–
    notice Hillary was ready to respond, as she was with most the questions last night–sure seemed like George gave his old boss–Clinton the heads up on the questions–Hillary had a smile and a clear answer for everything–unlike the last 21 debates-so something was clearly different-it was Stephanopoulos-he is cahoots with the Clintons-

    Clearly a former aide to the Clinton White House

    Shame on you ABC...this wasnt a debate...this was a Obama ambush.......
    PS Why didnt Charlie ask Hillary where her flag pin was???????

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. John

    Hillary would say ANYTHING just to get into the Whitehouse.

    This is her stand on her husband.

    Oh, I disagreed on everything that Bill did wrong but I agreed on everything he did right. Can I say that and get away with it?

    Too funny. Hillary is the DEM FLIP FLOPPER

    April 17, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Antoinette

    He already addressed it so why bring it back up

    She is making herself look very dumb. If she wants to win Pennsylvania, she should highlight whats good about her and her platform instead of doing this

    Because all in all, Obama has gained 4 superdelegates....Thanks Hillary

    Endorsements from the Steelers owner and 2 additional newspapers

    And an endorsement from the "Boss"

    She is giving my candidate Ammo on such a silly subject. He was 8 years old when the dude was doing all of that....Who really cares?

    I want to know when these gas prices are going to go down. When is this food going to be affordable. I want to know about ISSUES, not BS

    April 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Gary

    Hillary did not Pardon anyone!!!!! Hillary is the one running for President. She answered all the questions asked very strongly and shows alot strength and capablity to lead this country.

    Obama stubbled clumsily over questions and his affiliations with people who wanted to do more attacks on New York is quite frankly anti-american. What is wrong with wearing a flag pin?

    April 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Realist

    CNN – Are you trying to strike back because Obama bombed last night? You have lost your credibility! Good for ABC for having the determination to ask questions that the Republicans are more than prepared to ask. Obama looked absolutely lost. He needs to step down and he should have a long time ago. He doesn't have what it takes to lead out nation period!

    April 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Eli

    We all know that before this is over with Obama will have alot more fall outs. That is why Hillary is staying in because DEMS will need her to win in the fall when OBAMA is finally brought out into the light. How many BIGOTS / RACIST / ANTI-AMERICANS does he have to befriend before some people wake up. I say some people because they are people who can see all this be dont care because they want him, some along racial lines, others because they just got caught up in him. (People got caught up in Jim Jones, David Karesh and a few other crack pots that they killed themselves for).

    April 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. m.smith

    This is all you have to report on the debate last night? SOOOOO much more went down! Good points were made from both sides. Obama had questions to answer. He also set aside his "rise above" approach and threw a few punches himself. Let's face it, politics are politics. Obama is not an exception to the rule. The article is extremely biased. CNN obviously favors Obama as I have watched this ticker for weeks now. Let's see some un-spun reports and stick to the facts!

    April 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Jane

    She was visibly angry last night during the debate with Obama. When asked if she thought Obama could win, all she could muscle was "yes, yes, yes." This is almost the equivalent of seeing the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz melting into a pile of steam squealing "I'm melting, melting." Buh-bye Hillary!

    April 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Wallace

    Hillary you blew your chance to kiss and make up with your cohort/fellow democrat partner Barack Obama on last night debate. Now you are going to lose miserably. Your superdelegate supporters are leaving your campaign for Obama; he's getting more endorsements now than ever before.

    Hillary, you are a confuse now than ever before. It's time to through in the towel. Don't make your withdrawal harder than it has to be. Please bow out graceful and be supportive for your party. But if you insits on be defiant and divisive....you will be humilating yourself along with your family and friends. Please just to the right thing and quit after the Pennsylvania primaries. CNN please post my comments

    April 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Stephanie

    Why isn't anyone talking about how horrible ABC handled a very important debate. They turned it into a gossip debate more than an issues debate. People complain CNN is one sided... please ABC didn't even give Obama a chance. Considering the tone of the debate, I think Obama did a good job of putting Hillary in her place. If she wants to play dirty than at least stop complaining when he he calls her out for her obvious lies and convenient politics.

    I don't plan on voting for either of them, but that was the worst display of a debate that I have ever seen.

    April 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Patricia

    Give me some evidence that shows that Clinton won. I would call it a tie at best. Pouncing on a candidate to make a point when she has enough experience to get her message through without negatives smells of desparation.

    She had some good comments on a couple issues, her Iraq policy won't fly, her cut-taxes won't fly.

    She kept telling the superdelegates that Obama is not electable. Now she has no way to influence superdelegates since she said in front of millions that Obama IS electable. It will be interesting to see what her next strategy will be. After she explains to her campaign manager what she feels about her husband pardoning two Weather Underground members.

    April 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. larry bonacci

    why is it that we do not see or hear anything in the news, about obama and rezcos involement together. obama has staff in court listening to the testafying of rezco and others incase he is brought up. the chicago sun times has more coverage than the news station.

    April 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Fla Sam

    I am so glad to see this blow back on her face! However, I can’t believe the poor job ABC did with the questioning. I thought a debate was suppose to be about the issues (Iraq, the economy, the housing crisis, education, etc.).

    April 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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