November 13th, 2007
09:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Planted question controversy

Watch Mary Snow's report on the planted question at a recent Clinton campaign event.

(CNN) - A largely overlooked campaign event in Newton, Iowa is now at the center of a controversy over how Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, conducts her townhall-style appearances with voters.  Mary Snow reports.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Frank Ott, Homer Glen Illinois

    The Clinton campaign needs to either identify other instances when this has occurred or tell the public that this only occurred one time and the people responsible are no longer on her staff. She can not claim to be honest unless she acts in an honest manner.

    November 13, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. bprossersme

    Just business as usual for the Clintons. Get used to it Democrats if she's the best you can come up with. Oh, you poor fools... Trick me once shame on you, trick me twice shame on me.

    November 13, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Mark, Minneapolis, MN

    It is only good common sense for a campaign to do this. Feed positive questions to a candidate. One reason to do it is because opponent campaigns often send their people in to ask negative questions. You're only protecting your candidate.

    What IS kind of shocking is that people are shocked by it. That's probably why the campaigns deny it – due to the weird pollyanna expectations many voters apparently have of political campaigns.

    Grow up, people. This is politics, not kindergarten sandbox.

    November 13, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. jim f. , mauston, wi

    I sort of believe Hill that she didn't know , but her people knew and that's bad enough.

    November 13, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Felicia M, Rockville MD

    Between the American flags falling all around Hillary and this latest damaging scandal, the Democrats had better have a Plan B.

    November 13, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. lil starch, la

    Too much starch in the pant suit, lol

    November 13, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Ann ME

    Rules, laws, principles, these are all red flags to Hillary and Bill. They just have to distort them or break them.

    November 13, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. Ann ME

    Keep this in CNN: Does anyone care that this woman (Hillary) is menopausal? I care, I care a lot that Hillary is going through menopause. She has the same hot flashes, sweats, mood swings as the rest of us. Those unfamiliar with menopause – don't trust a women's judgment during this time frame.

    November 13, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. Chip Celina OH

    Hill supporters are on here claiming, "Well, everyone does it." Guess that's the 'experience' part of the change and experience mantra we've been hearing.

    Have a good day!

    November 14, 2007 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  10. Steve in SC

    I am not too concerned with the planted question. I am more concerned with the planted answer!

    November 14, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |

    What controversy?

    November 14, 2007 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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