November 13th, 2007
08:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Iowa college student speaks out

Watch Mary Snow's report on CNN's exclusive interview with the student at the center of the Clinton planted question controversy.

(CNN) - CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch landed an exclusive interview with Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, the Grinnell College student who asked Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, a question planted by her campaign staff at an event last week in Iowa.  Mary Snow reports on why Gallo-Chasanoff chose to speak out and how the incident may impact Clinton's presidential bid.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Well, like, you know, I'm a Hillary girl, and, you know, it seemed to be a good question.

    November 13, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Trisha W , Omaha Ne.

    Hillary isn't the only one who runs a completely orchestrated campaign. With ten of millions at stake, the Presidency, and their political fortunes all on the line, you can bet every move these people make is planned and monitored for quality control by the people behind the curtains. That being said – this doesn't look good for Hillary.

    November 13, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. L Bridge

    Do we now see the snake that Hillary is? She can't even answer "ad hoc" questions! What kind of president would she be? How will she appear to other country leaders? Not in our best interest!! Vote for other than Hillary!

    November 13, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Andy, New York, New York

    Being a 'plant' in such a situation may not be unique to politicians on the campaign trail, but this smacks of desperation. When she was First Lady, Hillary made a failed attempt at her national health plan that sought the support of Congress and spearheaded by committees. When Dems saw the plan for what it was and balked, Hillary told her staff the next step would be to demonize all who refused to support her. I don't think Americans know how desperately devilish and devious this woman can be trying to get her own way.

    November 13, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. Biggdawg

    This is ridiculous. She's definitely an Obama person who was there as a spy anyway, and they're trying to get as much as they can out of this nonesense.

    During the YouTube debates, Anderson Cooper chided Joe Biden and his folks in good humor for trying to plant a question during the YouTube debates. To a person all of the candidates laughed it off as part of campaigning. But now, "Oh the humanity"!

    They all do it. Obama and Edwards are just flat out liars for saying they don't, and that reason alone would disqualify them from getting my vote.

    Hell, Obama's folks are out there reportedly trying to get reporters to delve into Bill Clinton's post-presidency sex life. What hypocrits!

    November 13, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. kimmie d, orlando fl.

    Spell-check Alert ! Spell-check Alert ! Wouldn't it be –

    Iowa college students speak out


    Iowa college student speaks out

    November 13, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    What can I say? Typical of Clinton trying to manipulate questioning from young students. Bill and her are masters of deception and will try to get back into the WH at all costs. She and her staff should be ashamed of themselves.

    November 13, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. CNN, Iowa, IA

    NO. WAY. An EXCLUSIVE interview with a fat ugly college student?!?! Wow, this story must be HUUUUUGE. Put down the drakes cakes honey and come here, you've GOTTA see this EXCLUSIVE CNN STORY.

    November 13, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. Sharon, Littleton, CO

    Big hairy deal. This kind of stuff goes on all the time in the wonderful world of politics. It's not a criminal act...and this little chick is getting MORE than her 15 minutes of fame. Enough already!

    November 13, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. Jaded California

    this is a minor infraction? of course to politicians that lie and cheat all day every day this would be nothing!
    to someone that is honest this is a lot bigger then they make it out to be.

    November 13, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. John Henry Boise, Idaho

    I am glad she came forward. while I may agree that a lot of the candidates do it. Hillary was campaigning on change, yet her leadership sure doesn't show any change. I guess she isn't as "experienced" as she claims.

    November 13, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Lawrence Higby Billings, Montana

    I am sure this is just the beginning! can any one tell me if Hillary will ever stand on her own two feet?

    November 13, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. Betsy White Los Angeles, California

    Pretty easy to have a huge lead in the polls when all you give people is smoke and mirrors.

    November 13, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. not experienced DC

    why didn't they have her ask a better question?

    November 13, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. William Jones Seattle, Washington

    I can't wait for 8 years of "FEMA" news conferences.

    November 13, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. Want More Phoenix, Arizona

    I guess this shows her campaign is all HYPE and NO SUBSTANCE!

    November 13, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Steve

    Here we go again. I hate the idea of Clinton, again. This woman is so very corrupt. Chinese funnymoney, IDs for illeagals, planted questions... it is just going to get worse.

    November 13, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. Traci Robbins Jacksonville Fl

    not suprising. I do not trust Hilary. Hilary is for Hilary. She will step on anybody to get to the White House and screw this country up even more

    November 13, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. Del Hawkins

    Ok we have what is suppose to be an intelligent young woman here who was given a question to ask by Hillary's group?Tell me were they holding a gun to the girls head?Was she in some way forced to ask the question they fed her?I think not I think this girl is after her 5 minutes of fame!Shame on these networks trying to make a big deal out of it.We are all aware that it is a practice every one does .Staged events it is just away for a canidate to get thier stand out on a certain subject!!

    November 13, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  20. David Branch, Waco, Texas

    Deceit and lies – I guess the Clintons are back.

    It poses a new question "What didn't she know, and when didn't she know it."

    November 13, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. Ken, San Diego, CA

    So, how many more days are you going to run this story, CNN?

    I HAVE BEEN to a Hillary town hall meeting. She gets MORE than her fairshare of hardballs and ANSWERS each and every one of them! After the meeting, she goes into the crowd and takes MORE questions one-on-one.

    Clearly, if the campaign staff wants a certain topic to be addressed during the meeting, they will ask someone to pose the question. It's not as if the question asked does not have merit! It does!

    Way to go CNN! Let's try to make the Democratic primary more interesting!

    November 14, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  22. Rick, Kansas City, MO

    Two hundred hands in the air. Senator Clinton takes 4 questions.

    She alleges she had no knowledge that the girl was fed a question. What are the odds?

    1 in 50. A two percent chance it was on accident.

    Of course, Senator....oh wait, were you looking at your notes when you gave your response? AMAZING. Pardon me while I have a "willing suspension of disbelief."

    November 14, 2007 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  23. carole romero Capitan NM

    Makes me wonder how much she is being paid for this "True confession"?

    November 14, 2007 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  24. neville

    "Senior political analyst?" Bill Schneider sounds more like a spokesman for the GOP. Forget objective, you guys are starting to sound highly biased. Read for yourself (from your latest CNN article):

    QUOTE: The Clinton campaign's acknowledgment that it planted a question reinforces a widely held criticism of the senator - that she is not entirely honest, said Bill Schneider, CNN's senior political analyst.

    "It's the same criticism often made of her husband," Schneider said. "Most Americans never felt Bill Clinton was honest and trustworthy, even when he got elected in 1992 - with only 43 percent of the vote. His critics called him 'Slick Willy.' ... Will her critics start referring to the New York senator as 'Slick Hillary?' "UNQUOTE

    November 14, 2007 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  25. mark wilkes barre pa

    I am a republican,,, Hilary stacked the deck BIG DEAL this truth will not destroy her bid for the white house so GET over it and move on people. there is endless reasons why hillary should not be president but this one is not going to keep her down

    November 14, 2007 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
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