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. Crispus

    Doing it better than her mother...

    March 25, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Herman

    Chelsea, I know it hurts you to talk about your dad Bill Clinton a former President of this United States of American has done a very bad thing when he stepped out on your mom Hillary.

    His actions will go down as one of the worst in U.S. history of what he did in the Oval office. He has betrayed the trust of the American people who put him into office. I am sorry but your parents have not lived the kind of life that warrants them a second chance in the White House.

    He has degraded all women and you in general by doing so, and I even voted for him.

    March 25, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Lori


    Her mother taught her well....
    Scandles don't happen to the Clinton's
    Just other people.

    If you're on the campaign trail for your mother, you need to grow up and expect the unexpected and answer all questions.

    But then again, you're mother is all lies.

    March 25, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Tim

    6 times!!! While she was in the house! Exactly how many things are going on that Hillary doesnt know about? We dont need ANOTHER unaware Clinton who's blind to the terrorists sneaking into our country.

    March 25, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. liz

    I'm going to disagree – it is in fact that individual's "business." Ms. Clinton chose to run for political office, arguably the most high profile office in the world, I think the public gets to decide what is their "business" in this case.

    March 25, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Greg

    Next Question:

    Do you think your mother lying and overexaggerating her experience has damaged her repuation.

    March 25, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Gil n Dallas

    Way to go Chelsea!

    March 25, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. ann

    Good for you Chelsea!!!

    The Obama tactics of tearing the Bill, Hillary and now trying to attack Chelsea is getting old and it's making Americans mad!!!

    Those of us who support Senator Clinton would of still supported Obama if he was to be the nominee. However, with all the recent relevations and the trash tactics of the Obamas toward Senator Clinton and her family has erased any possibility of gaining our support.

    Senator Obama has shown to be his own false prophet. The great uniter has turned out to be THE GREAT DIVIDER of this nation.

    March 25, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. Roni

    Good for Chelsea Clinton !

    March 25, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    GOOD for CHELSEA !
    i am sure it was an Obama follower that asked or
    Chris Matthews or Cafferty listener.
    I think Chelsea is smarter than all three of these losers.
    Matthews, Cafferty and for sure Obama

    March 25, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. Mischelle from Illinois

    Good for you Chelsea! Meat eaters that they are...the media would just LOVE for you to comment on something of this nature. Stay on meesage and stay the course...Your mother will come out on top!

    March 25, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Matt G

    It's everyone's business because your twisted family is trying to force their way back into our lives.

    Way to avoid any difficult questions there Chels.

    The duckies, puppies, and bunny tour – coming soon to a town near you to paint a pretty picture over a canvas of filth and sin.

    March 25, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Slept in Church for 20 years

    Good for her. Hillary and Chelsea are not responsible for what Bill did.

    March 25, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Nando, Florida

    Welcome to your Life , Like anychild you love you Parents but the truth is the truth and if they want to go after Obama on Wright they have every right to FIRE this one on her!!!!!!!! Your not the little innocent girl anymore You ahve joined the world in which you were Born into so Get use to it.

    March 25, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. aproposofeverything

    Where's Lewinsky in all of this?

    March 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Sean

    Good for her, if Obama did not want the fact that he has attended a church with a racist agenda for 20 years then he should have left that Church a long time ago. I myself would have left in 2002 after Mr. Wright made his comment about 9/11, I would have left the Church over that even if I was not at Church that day and heard about it later. Obama choose to stay which tells us that he has chosen to support a racist agenda. I would never vote for Obama now, I would vote for McCain first

    March 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Deborah

    Hillary miss spoke.... No No No Hillary LIED!!!!!!!

    Hillary does not know the truth.

    March 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Sitsu

    so Obama's churchgoing is the worlds business, but not her husbands, the former presidents, affairs, that cost taxpayers money in investigating?

    March 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Arthur-Texas

    Chelsea is as smart as her parents.Someday she will be president like her mom and dad.

    March 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. janet

    tough question, but she's an adult taking a very active role in a high profile campaign. she shouldn't have been caught off-guard. she missed a real opportunity to address this in a thoughtful manner. she will learn. i can't imagine the feelings she has from that episode in her young life.

    March 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. A.Zukanovich

    She is right! Mine nieder! I will not go to antiamerican church!If any arab-american or any white man make same comments like rev. Write,someone will knock on his/her Door and he'she will be arrested!

    March 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Yves larochelle

    Chelsea, you cannot always have it easy!
    The Monica related question is a valid one! It is about maturity, decency and respect for the office. Bill has shown us that he doesn't care. Why should Billary be better, now that Bill will have even more time.

    March 25, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Brian

    It became the American public's business after Bill lied about the affair on national TV. I guess Chelsea can't take having any mud thrown at her either.

    March 25, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. BJ

    why chelsea avoids monica issue,she should tell the truth of her adulterous father,call aspade a aspade not abig spoon,clintons are liars thats why obama is shinning.

    March 25, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |


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