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. carolflowery

    where do you find these stories cnn, go search some more on Obama's true religious beliefs, dang, i almost would hope he would win, so you can spend the next 4 years explaining how the hell this country went from bad to worse

    April 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. mama4obama

    Knowing a crook and sleeping with one are 2 very different things.

    We know who is sleeping with the crook dont we?

    April 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Hillary Clinton is a joke, a fraud, and a con artist.

    And now that she has gone on record and said Obama CAN win the Presidency, I wonder if her surrogates and rabbid supporters will confess the same. I'm not betting on it. Clinton continues to play her politcs and lose. Hopefully, when she goes the way of the dinosaur, her surrogates and supporters will too. But I'm not betting on that either. I'm sure she will be the new Ralph Nader. Eventually, she'll be 100 years old and still telling people she is more qualified to be President. Hillary Clinton is an embarrasement. She is pathetic.

    April 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. GP

    NICE TRY. I AM NOT SURE WHAT CNN CALLS ATTACK. WHAT IS AN ATTACK? PEOPLE JUST USE THIS WORD ARBITRARILY

    April 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. tim

    Hillary pushed that story. She brought it up and the moderators had to ask Obama. Just to have backfired on her
    Thanx hillary and your crazy husband.

    who cares about last night debate anyway!

    April 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Melmarie

    ABC was soooo biased!!!! Why didn't they attack Hillary about Mark Penn the same way that Obama was attack about Rev.Wright?! Was there even any Mark Penn questions? Makes me wonder she wrote some of the questions herself. So even though there was 3 against 1 last night Obama still came out on top and that is why he will be our next President.

    Obama '08

    April 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Jo Ann Moody

    I'm writing only because i'm so sick of hearing your one sided stories and comments on the side of Obama. You should be ashamed of yourselves. I love how you are always quoting polls that say Hillary is losing. If Obama wins Hillary fans will get over it and vote for Obama. Well I for one can't even find these polls to take on your site. If I do find a poll it is closed . Today the polls should not be closed regarding the debat last night. What I really want to let you know is this... You are news people so you should know that not very many people i've talked to plan on voting for Obama if Hillary loses. They are going with Nadar even though he did cause us to have Bush so that is a lot of anger to get over in several months . I don't see it happening. I can't believe I have to watch fake Fox news now to find out what is happening in the world outside of Obama.

    April 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Deb

    Clearly Hillary is above all the Silly Stuff that Oboma's camp just can't seem to get away from!

    He is just too.....inexperienced, lacks good judgment, lies all the time, has many questionable friends and way too many chances to be Swift Boated by the Republicans.

    Hillary is flying to her strengths and will make a Great President!

    April 17, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Eric

    I dont think Hillary outshone "golden boy" last night. Especially when she admitted to lying about Bosnia.

    April 17, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Mk

    Lets see...how many untruths did Clinton dish out last night?
    Mr. Stephanopoulos and Mrs. Clinton also referred to statements by Mr. Ayers in an article in The New York Times on Sept. 11, 2001, that Mrs. Clinton said were “deeply hurtful to people in New York.”

    “I don’t regret setting bombs,” Mr. Ayers said then. “I feel we didn’t do enough.”

    Mr. Ayers did not make the remarks after the attacks on the World Trade Center that day. The interview had been conducted earlier, in connection with a memoir that he had published, “Fugitive Days,” and he was referring to his experience in the Weather Underground.

    April 17, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. CHERYL FOR HILLARY

    THE ONLY CREDIT HILLARY DESERVED IS BAD CREDIT. PLEASE PAY YOUR BILLS. (did say that out loud again?) oops, sorry

    GO HILLARY. WE LOVE YOU

    April 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. dmw

    Typical Obama, he never answers anything directly, but, always throws it back onto Clinton. Obviously, he is nervous about all of radicalism shining through. He is too radical to be our President and now we all know it for sure. No matter how much he tries to throw stuff on Hillary for what Bill did.

    April 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. joseph

    female grad student,

    obama has stated repeatedly that he shouldn't be held accountable for what other people say or do. "other people" should not, and will not, include the candidate's husband. not because he's her husband, but because the vast majority of her vaunted supposed experience is based on her husband's successful presidency. to channel bob johnson of the clinton camp, if her name was hillary smith and she was a random second-term senator from NY do you think she'd start out with the overwhelming establishment support in terms of fundraising, superdelegates, and political infrastructure? yeah right.

    the thing about hillary is that she is so quick to take credit for (as though she was the president) all the positive things that happened between 1992 and 2000. for anything remotely negative though, she was a quiet dissenter and was against it at the time, but just didn't want to speak publicly against it. again, yeah right.

    hillary's candidacy is unique in the sense that its largely based upon her trading on the work of her husband's presidency. while i do not question the many first-hand accounts from within the white house that suggest that she was, in fact, a major participant in that presidency, i likewise do not feel the need to excuse her for any of the clinton presidency's actions that, in hindsight, are less than popular.

    while hillary clinton appears to have a greater command of detailed policy issues, i believe that either she or obama would be capable of efficiently and effectively mastering all the information required of a commander in chief, one no more so than the other. i do think that hillary is a significantly better organized debate participant, but in the context of the modern american "debate" format, that is hardly a qualification for the presidency. if it were an election for the "question dodging/soundbite in chief" she'd be my girl. but for commander in chief, i'll just take the smartest one in the room. reasonable minds can differ as to which (of the two – mccain's not even in this conversation) candidate that is, but in my mind its Sen. Obama. so he's my man.

    April 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Blayze Kohime

    I can't imagine why any President would pardon traitors. I think overall everyone is just nitpicking at everyone else. I wish that all three candidates would stop picking and start telling us what they intend to do to make things better.

    @ gary – Turn your caps lock off; writing in all caps displays your low intelligence no matter what side you are on.

    April 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. mitch from ark.

    if you insist on playing in the mud,you'll wind up going home,..dirty..

    April 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Yankee Dog

    The debate was a discrace. Despite it all, what we will always know about HRC and BC is that they are liars who will do anything, including destroy the Democrat party for their own political gain.

    April 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Stephen, Dallas, TX

    One question I would liked to have seen directed to Senator Obama, as usual, wasn't.

    The question... "Senator Obama, if middle America "clings" to guns and God because they are "bitter" about a lack of help from the government... and you're campaign is about giving them that help... is it then your contention that, as a result of the help you will give them, they should then abandon their guns and their God?"

    One question I would liked to have seen directed to Senator Clinton, as usual, wasnt.

    The question... "Senator Clinton, could you please explain how records from the Rose Law Firm, under supoeana for more than 2 years, ended up on a desk in the private living quarters of the White House... with notations, in your handwriting, in the margins?"

    April 17, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Kate

    YOU CLINTON PEOPLE AND ABC ARE INSANE. You don't care that Ayers is a professor (forming young minds) but you care that he's friendly with Barack Obama? COM'ON DOES THAT SOUND NORMAL TO YOU?

    April 17, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. borntospeak

    I totally agree with what "Middle-aged American" said above and wrote something very similar last night in another blog. Hillary is doing more to divide the party than bring people together. We want to hear about the issues that will affect us as americans. The war is taking up the money we need for our economy. Is it more important to win the war than employ, feed, house, provide medical care for the American people? NO IT"S NOT!

    April 17, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Mack

    ABC did a great job last night. Good Debate. It was Fair.

    April 17, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Marc, Tacoma Wash

    Lets not forget the famous Marc Rich.

    April 17, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Brown

    So what if CNN is partial to Obama. If you don't like the content read ABC or FOX news. The choice is yours.

    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Something Real

    To the nitwit who asked about the middle name...Rodham is her maiden name. It is not a middle name given at birth! DUH!

    April 17, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Wayne

    Obama is friends with Ayers, who has actually said he wished he had set off more bombs. Where as President Clinton pardoned two members who admitted their guilt and served time. BIG DIFFERENCE.

    April 17, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Rahni, Connecticut

    I was outrage when one of the question asked, "Do you consider yourself a Patriot?" The question was asked due to Barak Obama don't wear an American Flag pin. And that question always asked when an African-American involve. I'm an African-American female, on the 4th of July, I don't fly the American flag or dress in Red, White and Blue but all of male relatives are American Worriers (Soldiers) and yes, I DO LOVE MY COUNTRY (U.S.A.)!!

    Rahni, Connecticut

    April 17, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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