January 31st, 2008
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Bill Clinton takes on heckler


Watch Bill Clinton take on a heckler Thursday.

(CNN) - Bill Clinton engaged with a heckler head on Thursday at a Denver campaign stop.

The former president had just begun his speech when a man began to shout about 9/11 conspiracies.

As security attempted to escort him out, Clinton stopped his speech, saying, "What are you screaming about? Let him talk."

"Are you one of those it-was-an-inside-job guys? Let me tell you something…I let you be rude and interrupt me, scream at the top of your lungs. 9/11 was not an inside job; it was an Osama bin Laden job with 19 people from Saudi Arabia," Clinton continued. "They murdered 3000 Americans and others foreigners, including over 200 other Muslims. And we look like idiots, folks, denying that the people who murdered our fellow citizens did it when they are continuing to murder all around the world. So we heard from you: you go away."

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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Al

    LOL Go get him Bill!

    January 31, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Paul

    Sounds like another Clinton plant so that they can get some good sound bites in, because it sounds to me to be all too convenient of a sound bite for Bill.

    January 31, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Alice in Florida

    OMG! Is this a CNN posting?????? I'm shocked!

    Hilllary Supporters:

    Send an email to the DNC protesting their bone-headed move to not allow Florida's and Michigan's votes to count. If Florida's and Michigan's delegates were counted, Obama would be where he belongs. On the bottom.

    I bet if they get enough emails from angry Democrats, they'll overturn their crazy decision.

    Thanks! I've already sent mine.

    January 31, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Ben

    How is this related to Obama? This is between about Bill and the truth he represents in this case.

    January 31, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Ziri

    The media darling boy, Obama is clueless. He'll have a rude awakening on 2/5. Hillary 08!

    January 31, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Hannah

    I am a silver spoon Republican all day long, but reading this I have a sudden respect for (former) President Clinton. He let the man say his piece and addressed in a way that was both eloquent, and truthful.

    January 31, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Tom Smart

    It was not a fair debate last night since most of the time was directed to McCain and Romney. They may be ahead, but it would be great to hear more from Huckabee and Paul. They may have good ideas but we didn't get to hear much from them. It was as if the debate was only between McCain and Romney. It felt like once again the media was directing voters in the direction they want. Even after Huckabee made a tactful objection about being ignored the moderator said he would shower him with questions, it didn't change things. Loved it when Huckabee said it was more like the spriket was turned off. They all should have been given equal time. TS

    January 31, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. chris

    how does this have anything to do with Obama?! i think ive ever heard him standing outside shouting "9/11 was a inside job". Why do you people like demonizing others so much?! you are all arrogant if you think you have all of the answers. I mean I get the whole supporting your candidate thing, but be willing to accept that every candidate has flaws. they are all human.

    This wasn't someone from the Obama camp. That doesnt even make sense. If it was don't you think they would be shouting about inconsistencies in Hillary's record? The "9/11 was an inside job" people are just looking for a public platform.

    People that are saying this was from Obama, seriously, think about what you are saying.

    January 31, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Gina

    Yuck all the spouses support and go on so called 'speaking tours' for their spouses. every last one of them

    January 31, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Toronto Girl

    that how it is done OBAMA!, not snub your opponent like you did Hillary but confront them like a man!
    Good for you Bill!

    January 31, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. K,FL

    I remember when he took on a heckler when he ran for the White House.. Hes very good at these things.. he always make the heckler look like an idiot!

    January 31, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Braineel

    Other comments here linking this to Obama are insane, that said, good job President Clinton. You should not be sullied by such nonsense.

    January 31, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Smart but Dumb

    Good job for Bill standing that guy up but he is NOT running for president so next it should be HILLARY doing it. Until that happens I'm for Obama

    January 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Randy

    It's staged. And smart.

    January 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Jay

    Didn't this same thing happen 4 months ago? To the T?

    January 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Jonb, Colorado

    In response to Gina:

    That heckler was probably planted by the Clinton camp.

    January 31, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Cows for Edwards

    He said farmers not foreigners. Down with farmers

    January 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. TrueThis

    Good for Bill Clinton, but don't blame this on Obama. Alot of Ron Paul supporter are believer in that mess.

    January 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Eric - Chicago, IL

    Why are Obama and his supporters even being brought up in these comments? Obama is absolutely irrelevant to this non-story.

    Obama bashing comments aside, good job on putting the smack down on those hecklers Bill.

    January 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Jason

    An almost positive piece on the Clintons! Will wonders never cease. All I usually hear is Obama, Obama, Obama, the media love fest is sickening. If Obama gets the nomination looks like the first time I'll be voting Repub!

    January 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Democrat

    Gina – you can't say that. The press wont allow any comments about Obama's negative campaign.

    January 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Tom


    The 'Clintons' as you put it aren't running for office, Hillary is. I'd prefer to hear how she handled a response instead of someone who doesn't have to worry about catering to these nutjobs for a vote.

    January 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. nccole treadway

    simple isn't it; Hillary voted for the War, Obama didn't and Good old Bill Clinton covers up for her poor ability to investagate situations before she throws her damageing votes out-there to hurt us all. Than says she didn't mean to do it. And if she could rethink her decision after all those dead soldiers, and backing Bush, now she'd change her mind. Wake up folks-We have a problem with nuclear Iran and can't say OOPS--------–I made a mistake--------OOPS maybe Bill should say something to make it better!

    January 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. An Agnostic Democrat

    More guilt about the Clinton's murky ties to the Bush dynasty and big oil connections?

    January 31, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. jackmackmax

    Good for you Bill

    January 31, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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