November 12th, 2007
04:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Watch Clinton's controversial question

Watch Sen. Clinton's exchange with a college student in Newton, Iowa last week.

(CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign admitted Friday that a staffer spoke to potential questioners prior to an event about energy policy last week in Newton, Iowa. 

Now you can watch the moment for yourself as Sen. Clinton calls on Muriel Gallo-Casanoff, a Grinnell College student, who asks Clinton a question about global warming.  Then, Clinton proceeds to give a long, detailed answer about what she would do as president to combat global warming.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Julie, Boulder CO

    planting a question in any audience is a tactic used in many different groups, for a variety of reasons – it is something that is done all the time in the speaking business. any pr firm can attest to this planting. hilary is lying if she dismisses this information as not knowing herself. planting questions, people, props is all part of the media blitz that politicians embrace with wide-open arms. she, hilary, is very good at lying, but this time is just about the last time HRC, you are caught lying boldly. Times up girl, you're out.

    November 12, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. josh

    So she's going to pass this carbon tax onto the "share holders"? Well who do you think the share holders are going to pass the tax to? The share holders aren't going to be out any money. They'll add it into the cost of doing business. I guess the cost of goods and servies will go up... and the average american will be stuck paying it!

    I can't believe this is the question and answer Clinton chose to plant.

    What a donkey!

    November 12, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  3. John knows better Williams Kansas City, Missouri

    with all the "experience" that I have I can't even stay on top of my campaign staff. Wait until I run the country! I had "no clue" that they set up the "question"

    November 12, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  4. bprossersme

    Yes, did anyone pick up on that ugly brook no interference side of Hillary here? This woman is Hitler in a dress.

    November 12, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. Mark, Minneapolis, MN

    If you're shocked you're naive. Campaign staffers trying to get supporters to ask positive questions of the candidate or negative ones of the opponent? It's been standard practice in political campaigns for decades. It's a tactic probably listed in most campaign manuals – if not, it should be.

    November 13, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  6. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Does the word "phony" come up for anyone? Didn't FEMA get blasted for the same thing? Didn't the Press Secratary resign over the same exact stunt? But it's OK for Hillary because she's a Clinton, right?

    November 13, 2007 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Wait a minute, I thought the Clintons were hand over fist more intelligent than the rest us....NOT! So why does she need a crutch? Because there's a possibility she might be stymied? Certainly not be cause she wants a particular topic addressed. We all know politicians never answer a question directly and tend to go off on a tangent where they are more comfortable anyway.

    November 13, 2007 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  8. RealityKing

    Planting the question is common but saying your didn't know about it is a BOLD FACE LIE. Something the Clinton's can't seem to help but do...

    November 13, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. VL North Carolina

    If she didn't know, how did she pick THAT girl for the question??????

    November 13, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Brandie R Tampa, FL

    This probably happens a lot. The candidates have things they want to focus on & this allows them to get into it.

    Is this really the worst thing anyone has ever done? Hardly. It's a planted question, not Hillary snorting crack in the back room. A question.

    When is the MEDIA going to zero in on the candidates views as opposed to the propaganda that surrounds the campaign?

    I am an Obama supporter myself, but it is ridiculous for the media to constantly stir up complete garbage that forces the candidates to jump through hoops about nonsense, FURTHER taking focus off of the REAL issues.

    ALL the candidates are subject to this & I won't stand for it. CNN, why are you turning into a gossip network?

    I want to see your writers "BRING IT!" with more stories about what the candidates stand FOR & stop pointing out nonsense. Give us readers something to REALLY chew on!

    November 13, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. James, Phoenix AZ

    Yeah... Hillary "didn't know"... just as she didn't know how the FBI files found their way into her office, and she didn't know how the White House Travel Office personnel were fired, and she didn't know Norman Hsu....

    Sheeple – WAKE UP!

    November 13, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. bill l. , lawrence, ks.

    Hillary is a automaton. Dumbocrats might have to look that one up in the dictionary. She's blind with ambition. This is what she has worked for , wanted for years. Nothing- nothing will stand in her way. And Bill is as bent on getting her in the White House is stamp his own legacy and for selfish reasons.

    November 13, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. BK tampa fl

    CLEARLY Bill from KS, voted George Dubya Moron into office...twice. WHAT does that say about YOU and Republicans? HOW does CNN attract such...mentally devoid commentors?!

    It's interesting how Democrats have more respect in general than the Republicans on here. It's called class, Bill, from almighty Kansas. Clearly something you could use a lesson on. Are you that mentally deprived that YOU can't see you're precious Bush–Mr. Exxon Mobil only went into office for "selfish reasons". Go do something positive. GET A VASECTOMY.

    Oh! This comment surely won't get posted, as it is a campaign to stop the further spread of idiocy.

    November 13, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Eyes wide open Tampa FL

    Bill, Lawrence KS:

    It is the people like you who are childish and have nothing of relevance to say, that make this blog a success. Your words are so devoid that they shock and amaze readers, taking the spotlight off of the candidates and allowing us to take a moment to appreciate our own education and experiences and allows us to be grateful that we're not sitting in the middle of Kansas, miserable, with nothing else to do than come up with un-original, lame names for Democrats, that actually have brains. (Your jealousy is evident.) To have the audacity to attack an entire party of people that actually have a clue, is simply a sign of what bitter people in America are becoming. If the past 7 years of Republican power were so great, why are individuals like you at war with everyone around you. This isn't about Democrat or Republican, it's about you being obnoxious and disrespectful to FELLOW AMERICANS.

    It's people like Bill, that have turned this country into crap & create a divide. We are ONE country. Grow up and realize it's not about party affiliation. Now, it's time to get OUR country back! Barack Obama 2008! A strong man. A REAL man. An honest man. Wanna talk weapons of mass destruction Bill? I'm sure you bought all GW's lemons;)

    November 13, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Chris, Westlake Village, CA

    I am concerned that CNN hasn't investigated the planted questions with more interest. It is obvious Clinton knew who to call on, and her lie about her prior knowledge should be newsworthy.

    November 13, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. ano to

    The Clinton political tactics come out,
    Lies and deseption!

    November 13, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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