November 13th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Student given question to ask Clinton: I wasn't only one

Watch Student Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff's interview with CNN.

GRINNELL, Iowa (CNN) - The college student who says she was told what question to ask at one of Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign events told CNN Monday that she wasn't the only one at the event who was a plant and said "voters have the right to know what really happened."

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, a 19-year-old sophomore at Grinnell College in Iowa - whose story in her campus newspaper has now been widely circulated - said that giving anyone specific questions to ask is "dishonest," and the whole incident has given her a negative outlook on politics.

Gallo-Chasanoff, an undecided voter, said what happened was really pretty simple: she says a senior Clinton staffer asked if she'd like to ask the senator a question after an energy speech she gave in Newton, Iowa, on November 6. (Watch Gallo-Chasanoff ask Clinton the question)

"I sort of thought about it, and I said 'Yeah, can I ask how her energy plan compares to the other candidates' energy plans?'" Gallo-Chasanoff said.

"'I don't think that's a good idea," the staffer said, according to Gallo-Chasanoff, "because I don't know how familiar she is with their plans."

He then opened a binder to a page that, according to Gallo-Chasanoff, had about eight questions on it.

"The top one was planned specifically for a college student," she added. " It said 'college student' in brackets and then the question."

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-CNN's Chris Welch and David Schechter

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Race to '08
soundoff (489 Responses)
  1. Jill, Eatontown, NJ

    Not passing the smell test.

    Who stopped her from asking her own question, anyway? What prevented her from asking about Vince Foster, if she wanted to make a fool out of herself?


    She chose to ask the prefab question as suggested and then, apparently, had buyer's remorse ... maybe felt impotent and decided the best thing for her own self-esteem was to jump on the attack-Clinton bandwagon. Women signing false proffers made a lot of money on that last Clinton bandwagon.

    November 14, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. CBrough Clovis CA

    Will all of you please send me $ 500 asap. Because if she's elected, socialism is what you'll get, and she'll take from you and give it to someone else, because that's what socialists do: They believe they know what's best for everyone, and confiscate everything that's not nailed down. Chesterton said much the same about kings: "The problem with tyrants is not that they do not love the people, the problem is they love them too much and trust them too little. So either they wind up on the throne of a king or in an insane asylum." And the Democratic Party has become the insane asylum since I was so registered in the wild flagrant days of my youth.

    November 14, 2007 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  3. Rick, Kansas City, MO

    And while she said she would have rather used her own question, Gallo-Chasanoff said she didn't have a problem asking the campaign's because she "likes to be agreeable," adding that since she told the staffer she'd ask their pre-typed question she "didn't want to go back on my word."

    Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee said, "This is not acceptable campaign process moving forward. We've taken steps to ensure that it never happens again." Elleithee said Clinton had "no idea who she was calling on."

    What are the odds?

    About 200 hands. 4 questions answered.

    Do the math. She knew, and this wasn't likely to be the first (or last) time.

    November 14, 2007 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  4. Sam

    This has been around for ages. So what's new? I am sure that every candidate since after Washington has done this.

    So what? What is more important is to get our constitution back. Focus on what is important. This isn'nt.

    Can any of you prove that the other candidates that didn't get caught yet haven't actually done this? I don't think so.

    November 14, 2007 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  5. Projeto Sonho

    Why did the twit agree to ask the question in the first place? This is a way that candidates can answer questions in a non-confrontational manner…answer the question and state their position. It's been going on for years. BTW – is she really looking for honesty in politics?²

    Thiago Oliveira

    Projeto Sonho

    November 14, 2007 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  6. bill evans,bedford,texas

    this is typical for hillary.Just the one to deal with Putin, terrorists, Iran, N Korea etc.....what a scam....

    November 14, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  7. Frank tulsa, ok

    'Can it get any more pathetic than this?' Military Wife

    What hole have you been in the last 7 years?

    November 14, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. Jim Topeka, KS

    To all of you die hards, how do you tell if a politician is not tell to whole truth and nothin but the truth?

    Their lips are moving, does not matter if they are Republicans or Democrates, get over it.

    One can not talk about the issue with out being accused of bashing Bush, or being accussed of being a left wing liberal nut.

    So politics are dirty, I do not see this election season getting any cleaner.

    But if you do want to see a clean campaign, well then, tell the canidates you are tired of them bashing each other, you are not going to vote for them if they continue to bash their rivals. Lets get back to the issues and open up the debate.

    By the way a question was planted, several questions were planted, big deal show me politicain that has not used this tactic and I will show you a loser, show me one that claims to have never lower him or her self to such things and I will show you a liar.

    November 14, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Wendy Weinbaum

    Yes, Hillary is despicable, but is she any worse than Osama Obama? As a Jewess in the US, I say America doesn't need another Hussein!

    November 14, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Terry, San Diego, CA

    The GayOldPartiers don't plant questions? How about planting a REPORTER in the...White House? Sure, why not. Rove and Bush did – Jeff gannon. Do a quick CNN search on his name and then crawl back underneath the rock, GoofyOldPests.

    November 14, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Anonymous, Yorktown, VA

    "The GayOldPartiers don't plant questions? How about planting a REPORTER in the…White House? Sure, why not. Rove and Bush did – Jeff gannon. Do a quick CNN search on his name and then crawl back underneath the rock, GoofyOldPests."


    Typical defense from a Clinton apologist and enabler. Others do it, so what's the big deal.

    November 14, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. John, ATL

    Over the years Clinton supporters have willingly suspended disbelief to swallow all the garbage Clinton, Inc. offers up. She said she had no idea? Then how did she call on plantgirl in a room when dozens had their hands up to ask a question? She is lying, again.

    November 14, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. James, Boise ID

    Hillary Clinton be dishonest? Never (Sarcasm)

    Here is a short list of her dishonesty in the past.

    Took a $100,000 bribe, camouflaged as futures trades, from Tyson Foods Inc.

    Speculated in Health Care industry futures while overseeing legislative reform of same.

    Failed to correct false testimony by co-defendant Ira Magaziner in Health Care trial.

    Obstructed justice by ordering the shredding of Vince Foster's documents in the Rose Law Firm.

    Ordered members of the Health Care Task Force to shred documents that were the target of a court probe.

    Ordered the removal of documents from Vince Foster's office and told aides to lie about their removal of documents.

    Obstructed justice by keeping her billing records, a document sought under subpoena, in the White House residence.

    Lied to investigators about her knowledge about billing records.
    Lied to investigators about her involvement in the Castle Grande land flip con.

    Ordered the use of the FBI to discredit Travel Office employees.
    Lied to investigators about her involvement in the firing of Travel Office Employees.

    A Federal judge orders a trial on July 25, 1994 to determine if Hillary Clinton's heath care task force illegally operated in secret.

    The White House finally releases more than 2,000 documents on June 25, 1996, relating to the travel office firings, originally requested two years prior by congressional investigators.

    November 15, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Randy Crawford, Coralville, Iowa 52241

    When Hillary appeared April 3, 2007, at the Quality Inn/Highlander in Iowa City, she was introduced by County Supervisor Sally Stutsman and Iowa ex-First Lady Christie Vilsack. During her Q & A session, halfway through, Hillary took an obvious prepared question, read laboriously from a page by a schoolgirl who had been conveniently positioned in the center of the front row, to Hillary's left. (Hillary was in the center of a cleared indoor square, with 4 audience quadrants around her).
    It was an obvious "don't kids say the darnedest things" maneuver, contrived to be reminiscent of what Art Linkletter did (apparently honestly) half a century ago, and Hillary was making a transparent effort to be a family values/aren't kids wonderful kind of a gal.
    After about 10-15 more minutes of adult questions only, i.e. ignoring the precious little kids, Hillary heard from Christie Vilsack, who rose from her chair to announce: "It's time to go, time for only one more question." So, Hillary immediately called on a schoolboy to her right, conveniently at the front center of his quadrant, and Hillary handled the second cute kid scenario in the same gushy way she had with the little girl.
    The artificial nature of the children's insertions was very reminiscent of Nixon going to China, and kids being posed to be in his background only to have their hair ribbons and jump-ropes taken away as soon as Nixon left. So, I went to look over the kiddies as the crowd dispersed. The schoolgirl and her mother were being rewarded with a photo alongside Hillary. The boy was wearing a Hillary staff badge on a string around his neck. Just a few days before this, ex-Gov. Vilsack had made a deal with Hillary that he would receive her help in retiring his fundraising debts, which had been incurred in a recently failed presidential bid. –END–

    November 18, 2007 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
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