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. Liz - San Francisco

    It actually is a fair question, but Chelsea offered a poised response.

    March 25, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. A. Harrison, Atlanta Georgia

    Right on Chelsea!

    March 25, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Sazzylady

    Very good answer Chelsea
    Shows you are smarter than Obama supporters and wayyyyyyyyyy
    smarter than Jack Cafferty

    March 25, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Robert

    Enough on Lewinski, lets talk about the change Obama said he stands for. A report just came out and suprise, suprise. Obama is related to Bush and Chaney along with a host of others involved in Presidential Politics. Obama in the WH won't break the cycle after all.

    Others he is related to include a prolific presidential lineage that features Democrats and Republicans. His distant cousins include President George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman and James Madison. Other Obama cousins include Vice President Dick Cheney, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and Civil War General Robert E. Lee.

    Opps, just another from the clan after all.

    March 25, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Squigman

    Good for Chelsea. Many of the vultures (who call themselves the media), need to be put in their place, and put there good. The news media in our nation seems to be on a self serving witch hunt, and hell bent on running (ruining) the entire nation for the sake of sensational stories. The news should be the news, not another entertainment outlet.

    March 25, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. vic nashville,Tn

    Good Job Chelsea Do what you have to do

    March 25, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Chicago IL

    Chelsea Clinton,

    Clinton's are nothing but liars. She know what her mother said about Bosnia and said nothing. That makes her just as bad and less trust worthy......

    March 25, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Ron

    Well Done Chelsea. Its none of their buisness. This is your personal life and everyone makes mistakes. Let the innocent person be the first one to throw the stone. And guess what they are the biggest offenders.

    Go Hilary Go!!!!!!

    March 25, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. gary

    That away to tell them Chelsea. It isnt anybody's business.Your a fighter just like your Mom.Thats garbage that Clinton haters and Obama's crew has to dirt out. Wait until the real truth about Obama is un covered.America hasnt any clues of how evil he really is.

    March 25, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. n. miller

    She needs to deal with the issue – her mother is bringing up Rev Wright – Her mother should have left Bill when she learned of all the affairs that Bill had and who knows if he isn't still slipping behind closed doors. She had a choice but made the decision to stay with a womanizer.

    Don't want to discuss your personal issue – then I suggest you don't bring up someone elses personal issues.

    Let's stop deal with personal issues and START DISCUSSING ISSUES THAT WE PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT – I could care less about hearing something taken out of context. I could care less about someone exaggerating about an event – what I as well as millions and millions other want to hear is your idea of resolving this issues of mortgages, high cost of gas, and food. DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES and nothing else.

    March 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Charles Hardeman

    Good for you chelsea. Obama hypocrites take note.

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


    It is the guy's business to ask any questions about their leader's affairs while in power...I would have insisted!

    For me, Obama all the way!!

    March 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. love hill

    Hillary has shown that she rises above personal pain and hardship.
    She overcomes difficulty.
    She has the faith to surmount huge obstacles.
    She has courage and grace under fire.
    She is a GREAT leader.
    Hillary for president.

    March 25, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Scott C

    1. The Inappropriate affair that President Clinton had in the white house that led to him committing perjury in front of Congress and leading to him being impeached by the house of representatives and shaming this entire nation – Is not our business.

    2. Obama, a man who is loves this country and isn't a racist, goes to a pastor with some controversial views – Is a huge deal.

    Something is imbalanced there.

    On one hand a president committed a crime and shames an entire nation.

    On the other a man remains friends with a man for all the good things he has DONE, in spite of the controversial things he has SAID.

    Which is the bigger issue?

    March 25, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. Rheem

    If you cannot stand the heat Chelsea stay out of the political kitchen.

    March 25, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. NickNas

    This little girl of protected privelege has to either Keep her mouth shut or make herself available to the REAL PRESS! She turns down simple questions from a girl less than 12 years old " Because she doesn't talk to the press" But can mouth off when ever mommy says she needs something said? I see it runs in the family!

    March 25, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Tina NC

    Good for Chelsea! As much as I loath her mother people shouldn't put there mistakes off on her.

    March 25, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Now Chelsea's Dodging

    It's so wonderful that Hillary's teaching Chelsea how to deflect questions, just like she deflected bullets in Bosnia. That will really come in handy with two parents who lie every time they open their mouths.

    Hillary is a liar, and now the world knows it.

    America 08

    March 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. Lorenzo

    Chelsea, don't blame your Mom, it was your Dads wayward underwear
    that got the party started. Daddy didn't know best on this one.


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

    Good for you Chelsea! You are right, it is absolutely NOBODY'S business.

    March 25, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. wow

    I guess the questioner must be perfect- Obviously never dealt with difficult relational problems.

    The Clintons are a tight knit clan. That is the power of love.

    She can teach the haters how to come together, dialogue, forgive and unite.

    March 25, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. ann

    I don't like Senator Clinton, but that was really out of bounds. She loves both her parents and shouldn't be expected to comment on their marriage and his infidelities. I am glad she told them to buzz off.

    March 25, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Stephon

    I think the question deserved an answer, because the answer given didn't go to the essence of the question, which was about Sen. Clinton's reputation. She could have simply stated that it hadn't harmed her reputation at all. I don't understand the disrespectful answer or the subsequent cheering.

    March 25, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. TF

    Ouch!! I think Chelsea will be the only Clinton woman who has a chance to run for POTUS. She answered that question better then her mother could have. Could you imagine what the bi-polar Hillary would of done.

    March 25, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. AJ - Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    Good for you Chelsea, it is no one's business!!! Your mother will be the greatest President this country has even seen and I'm proud to call myself a supporter of Hillary Clinton!

    March 25, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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