March 26th, 2008
08:50 AM ET
11 years ago

Chelsea Clinton dismisses Lewinsky question


Watch Chelsea Clinton field a question about Monica Lewinsky.

(CNN) - Chelsea Clinton has fielded a lot of questions as she campaigns for her mother's presidential bid, but on Tuesday the former first daughter faced a particularly awkward query for the first time.

Campaigning at Butler University in Indianapolis, an audience member asked the 28 year-old whether the Monica Lewinsky scandal had damaged her mother's reputation.

"Wow, you're the first person actually that's ever asked me that question in the, I don't know maybe, 70 college campuses I've now been to, and I do not think that is any of your business," Clinton responded, appearing a bit surprised by the question. The crowd immediately cheered loudly at the response.

It was supposed to be the last question of the event, but Chelsea Clinton decided to take one more, saying, "I don't think that should be the last question."

Though she has faced the glare of public life since she was a girl, Chelsea Clinton has contended with renewed press coverage after taking on a more prominent role in her mother's campaign earlier this year.

The Monica Lewinsky scandal made a brief return to the news last week, when newly-released White House schedules indicated Hillary Clinton was likely in the White House during at least 6 reported instances of encounters between her husband and the former White House intern.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Voting Is Our Business

    Don't worry Chelsea, you won't have to answer any of those pesky voter questions for very long. Hopefully, you and your mom will go home very soon.

    Obama 08

    March 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Tex

    You have to understand her upbringing. Her dad said He never inhaled and he did not have sex with that woman.

    Her Mom said she was under sniper fire in Bosnia and is running the dirtiest Democratic primary campaign in the last several decades.

    She has been treated with kid gloves while she campaigns for her Mom. So she figures she is enttled to special treatment.

    What did you expect her to say?

    March 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Marco

    Its like asking Obama's daughters if they are proud their dad sat in that Church for 20 years listening to Anti-American hatred.
    Go Hillary!
    Go Chelsea!

    March 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Jaime, Edinburg, TX

    Good job Chelsea. I bet you anything it was an Obama supporter who asked that question. They are always looking to start a fight.

    March 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |

    Chelsea should have answered it, but in true Clinton fashion, she dodged it....just like Hillary dodges bullets in Bosnia, and Bill dodged the draft..

    Hillary is a public figure and gets paid with public money and is running for public office...IT IS OUR BUSINESS!

    March 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Marcia Houston, TX

    She was prepared to answer the "question". She answered it. Even though it was completely irrelevant to her mother's campaign. Some may have not liked the answer. Tough cookies. The end.

    Hillary is a good mother and an excellent role model in many ways. The proof is in the pudding! The Clinton's raised a lovely daughter.

    CHELSEA-you go girl!

    March 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Abraham

    Hillary couldn't run her own household. She wants to run the nation? And her "wife-experience" should have been able to catch him over the years, right?

    Doesn't every woman know her husband best, especially after as many years as they were married?

    March 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    That person who asked that question had to be either a Obama supporter of a Clinton hater. I wonder what the response from the Obama supporters would be if Obama was asked, if he thought it was proper to bring his children into a Church where their pastor preached hate.

    March 25, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. robbie


    March 25, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. Charles Hardeman


    Obama- if your supporters root for this kind of crap, its time you stand up and admit your mantra is totally BOGUS.

    some movement....!

    March 25, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Tim Rivers

    GOOD FOR CHELSEA! I am an Obama supporter, and I'mcertain that Sen. Obama would not condone such a blantant question. That question was WAY out of line!

    March 25, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. Mervyn

    I will never vote for Clinton, she learned her craft from her husband they both cannot be trusted and think that the white house belongs to them.
    If she is the one selected even though I am a democrat and has always voted as one I will never vote.

    March 25, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. mike

    She was asked if it hurt her mother's situation – a fair question, that she didn't answer. Typical Clintonian avoidance.

    March 25, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Kevin

    I don't understand the love affair with Obama? Somebody help me with this... He claims to be above it all and not the typical politician but all he shows over the past few weeks is that he is a typical politician. He claims that he has judgement- we now know that's been a lie. He has little experience,all he can do is stand up and deliver a good speech. When he has to answer a direct question without any teleprompter he studders. He got all "shaken up" over the Wright controvercy. I don't want that in the white house.

    Please explain why we are voting for him??

    MCCain is looking better and better!!!

    March 25, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. marianna

    Is Obama getting desperate? Can't he find any other way to damage Hillary? What is that Lewinsky old re-heated cutlet about? Sure, we all know that Clinton got a BJ back then, but this was Bill, not Hillary, for heaven sake. Give me a break!

    Go Obama, go, and don't come back!

    March 25, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. CMA

    to all those saying it had to be an Obama supporter who asked the question...Have you thought about it perhaps being a Clinton operative that asked the question so that her daughter could respond in the way she did and play the old "victim card"???????????????

    March 25, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. SC

    —-The Media and all the other Party's is Laughing and Talking about US—-


    NEITHER is PERFECT…Yet WE are acting like WE don't have GOOD SENSE—-

    —THINK—THINK— DO YOU HATE each OTHER that much that you will allow MCcain/the Republican to WIN—-

    Do YOU hate the U.S. that much that You are willing to DESTROY the U.S.A. with 4 MORE YRS. with ANOTHER Bush—-


    IF we STOP POSTING COMMENTS about the OTHER–They will STOP putting up Unnecessary TICKERS—


    March 25, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Young Voter

    The tough questions need to be answered. There will probably be a response to this question coming in a few days from the Clinton camp and it will be in the news for a couple weeks and then something else will happen to someone in either Obama's or Clinton's camp and that will drag on for some time. I for one found myself very excited at the beginning of this campaign but now find that the more stuff like this that goes on is really tiresome and quickly becoming boring. I wish we could just decide who will be the next democratic nominee and get Bush out of office.

    March 25, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Cratt

    Cheers to you, Chelsea!

    March 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. clouse

    Don't be suprised if Hillary will make this a victim card for her campaign.

    I will not vote for Hillary, but if Chelsea is in the spotlight for her mother...don't be bothered by people who want to ask about your family business.

    March 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. Robert, Los Angeles California

    Good for Chelsea! It never should have been anyone's business to begin with. Being a personal matter it should have never been made into the scandal that it was. Especially with the likes of Newtie Gingrich pointing fingers while having an affair behind his wife's back.

    I'd take those days back in exchange for what the puppet of Dick Cheney in the White House has done to our country today.

    March 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. ralph tyler

    Like wow. I think this is our business. These people are in the public eye and during the time in question our taxpayer dollars were footing their room and board.

    The Clintons have a gigantic double standard, namely: they can say any scandalous thing they please about a perceived enemy, but noboby is allowed to say anything nasty about them, even if it is true.

    Little Chelsea is an adult, and has been for some time. The press should treat her like one, period.

    And, Senator Clinton should stop saying she is going to release her tax records soon. How about right now?

    March 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. Kyle, Champaign, IL

    Look, if she wants to be out on the trail with the big boys and girls then she needs to field the questions given to her. And frankly, as voters, it is our business to ask questions like this. It is a question of character. If everyone in the world can question Sen. Obama's character in regards to Rev. Wright then why can't the same character based questions be directed at Sen. Clinton? I think the realization that most of us democratic voters are coming to now is that this really IS going to split the party demographically come November. Maybe a month or so ago I would not have agreed with this statement, but now most certainly I do. I feel that their is growing animosity between supporters. If we don't just knock this crap off then we will fall dreadfully short of our one true unifying goal: a democrat in the White House.

    March 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. jennym

    It was a fair question and she is an adult for heaven's sake. Sorry you can't weed out the obvious uncomfortable questions.

    And just like her mom, evasive and or just refuse to answer. She could have just said NO ... lol .. hey they are on a lying streak .. like mother like daughter.

    Whether anyone likes it or not if anyone thinks Bill's impeachment and the Monica story will not be replayed in the general election is on drugs.

    March 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. BL-NYC

    Well done Chelsea!!! Well done...

    March 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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