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. Jane

    The question was about the REPUTATION and YES that is Everyone's business. The questioner didn't ask how Hillary FELT!

    These Clintons are all crazy.

    Let me answer the question: YES IT DID! and that stain on the Blue Dress..? It's all over the internet... NASTY BILL!

    March 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Hillary And Saturday Not Live

    Saturday Not Live loves Hillary, and if you think about it makes perfect sense. SNL has actors who perform, Hillary "misspeaks" and performs. They should naturally pair off together. She can move back to NY and pretend she's the president, while the country moves to a better position with someone who will not lie to America.

    Saturday Not Live & Hillary all the way!

    Obama 08

    March 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Joanna

    Good for you Chelsea and shame on the person asking the question. If you must ask, wouldn't Hillary or President Clinton be the one to ask. Hillary and Chelsea were innocent bystanders after all.

    Go raised a great girl and ask Jackie Kennedy said "if you fail at that nothing else matters" so...pat yourself on the back. Good job.

    I hope all the media plays it

    March 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. An American in Canada

    Bravo to you Chelsea, again you make your parents proud and all Americans.

    You are a strong, intelligent and dominant female that all young girls can look up to....

    Do not permit those degenerates to divert you from you mission.

    When the competition has nothing new to talk about, they get one of their minions to pose a redundant question about Lewinsky and her blue dress....

    What has that got to do with Hillary R. Clinton for presidency of America.

    It insults all Americans when such Gutter Politics raise their hateful head..

    March 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Steve in LA

    Just like her mom and dad. Always refusing the tough questions. If you are out in the public, you should face the questions (and the press).

    March 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. pablo rachi

    yes, it is our business. both your parents are vying to be president

    March 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Louis

    With Hillary as a role model, I hope for Chelsea's sake that she does not become the type of woman who would be publicly humiliated by a cheating husband and stay with him only to further her career.

    March 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. dzyjne

    OMG that person didnt ask her that!!! As a mom who has experience infidelity of a spouse, that is the last thing a child should ever be asked! It is no ones business not then and certainly not now!

    Show some respect!!!!

    March 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. rachel in arkansas

    LOL! Only the cushy questions for Chelsea, please.

    March 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. S. Shay

    Her answer was sort of rude. Why wasn't the question appropriate? Her Mom's campaign accused Obama's camp of 'Ken Starr-like tactics.' Her first lady schedules, which in her defense she tried desperately to hide, showed that Momma Clinton was at home while Bill was 'riding dirty' – (TM -Rev. Wright.) Now we find out that Bill sent Hillary and Chelsea to Bosnia because it was too dangerous for him to go. There they were greeted by sniper fire, almost losing their lives. How could Monica Lewinsky not be relevant? Maybe the questioner was entertaining the thought that maybe Bill sent Hillary and child to Bosnia so they could be 'sniped out' thereby leaving him free to date Monica with impunity.

    I don't think Chelsea was being fair.

    March 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. kelly WI

    The question was about Hillarys credibility.
    It is our busniness.
    They are teaching her how to lie like they do.

    March 25, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Turn Out The Lights

    Hillary has lost the election. She'll have to find another "project" where she can lie, and steal, and pretend she cares.

    Turn out the lights, the party's over.

    March 25, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Rich Murphy

    It's "Butler University" not "Butler College."

    March 25, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Educate Yourself

    At least she didn't lie like mommy and daddy has always taught her to.......

    March 25, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. Sheila who misspoke but then realized it was just a lie

    This morning I was at work and my coworker sent over a hail of bullets and I had to duck for cover and I was going to go to lunch but they had to cancel because it was so dangerous.
    oops i "mis" spoke
    CLINTON = LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. John G Charleston SC

    Wow she avoided the question like an old pro...just like her mother does.

    March 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Can you say DIVISIVE?

    Clearly an Obama supporter posed the question. They act "mightier than thou" but between this and "the blue dress" ... it is clear that they will dig up and hurl anything to draw attention away from the racist and anti-American statements of BOTH of Obama's pastors. I find Obama "and his white men" to be the MOST dIvisive people in politics.

    March 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. manuela from PA

    Big cheers for Chelsea, and for Hillary! what does a question like that have to do with the campaign but to throw dirty stuff on Mrs Clinton and that has nothing to do with the subject but only tries to demean her as a woman and to hurt Chelsea for what? The answers is the correct one:mean your own businessaudience member!

    March 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. nowhere man

    Don't get too fond of Chelsea people – we don't want Bush,Clinton,Bush,Clinton,Clinton

    March 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Now teach your mom the same answer. It is none of anyone's business.

    March 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Cindy,CA

    Good for you Chelsea! What is wrong with people when they think this is a question for Chelsea. Some people are starting to lack the common sense we as caring people learned when we were children. I wish we would remember that most people have feelings and treat them as we would want to be treated..Let's stop all this nastiness please...

    March 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. Allan

    Chelsea dear, you're an adult and you choose to publicly represent the candidate Hillary Clinton for the US Presidency, so it's time you 1) grow up; 2) speak to the press on the record; and 3) answer the tough questions as well as the creampuffs.

    Your father damaged the country by lying about his infidelities and set the stage for a Bush victory, and now your mother is providing more aid and comfort to the Republicans by failing to concede the race to Obama and rallying Democrats behind the party's choice.

    March 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. alexa

    You go Chelsea! You shouldn't have to answer that kind of question. Any regular person wouldn't want to answer it. Respect.

    Go Hillary!!

    March 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. G from the ATL

    I support Obama , but that was WAY!!!!!! OUTTA BOUNDS.

    March 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. Mavis, LA

    LOL, someone expected an honest answer from the Queen of the Liars' daughter. Don't waste your time.

    America 08

    March 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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