April 11th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton laughs off Colombia questions


Watch Clinton laugh off a question on Colombia.

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Hillary Clinton used her trademark laugh Thursday to deflect a question about the $800,000 her husband earned in 2005 giving speeches for a Bogota-based group that supports the Colombia free trade agreement - the same trade deal she currently opposes.

Asked by CNN if those earnings represented a conflict of interest given that she has dipped into her family's pocketbook to pay campaign bills, Clinton threw up her hands and laughed loudly for several seconds.

"How many angels dance on the head of the pin?," she responded, continuing to giggle. "I have really, uh, nothing to ... I mean, how do you answer that?"

The New York senator explained there are different sides to the argument over trade, and re-emphasized her own opposition to the trade deal, assailing the Colombian government's "outrageous" record of "targeting labor leaders."

"I am against the Colombia free trade deal," she said. "It doesn't matter who talks to me. It doesn't matter any circumstances. I have been against it. I am against it. I will be against it absent the kind of changes in behavior that I have been calling for from the Colombian government."

Earlier in the press conference, describing her husband's advocacy for the trade deal, Clinton said: "Everyone is free to express their opinion."

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soundoff (315 Responses)

    So if she becomes President (that's a big IF), and Bill comes to her and says Honey I've got to Columbia and give a couple of speeches and make a couple of deals to bring US in a few more million, and by the way you really need to work on getting that CAFTA bill on your dsk so you can sign it and we can screw the American people some more. ASK YOURSELF IS THAT OK WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? I THINK NOT! WAKE UP DEMS.

    April 11, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Tom,Towson,md

    Hillary is a Hyena in Drag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

    April 11, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Episode

    "Now if Hillary Clinton makes "mistatements" on Bosnian sniper fire due to exhaustion at 11:00, then how can she answer calls at 3:00am?" (SG)

    April 11, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Concerned Democrat

    Why is no one questioning Sen. Obama about how and where his wife earns her income. As I have said previously, this is a women who is on the board of a hospital who has settled several patient dumping claims made by uninsured african american patients. This is also a hospital that charges uninsured African American patients about four times more than white insured patients for health care. Why isn't anyone instereted in that? Isn't that just as important as where Bill Clinton earns his money?

    April 11, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Trev

    I agree with Hillary. They disagree. It is interesting that when Obama says he disagrees with someone (Wright, Ayers, Powers ect....) we move on. Not with Hillary. Hillary may be married to Bill, but they don't share a brain (that would be Obama and Axelrod).

    April 11, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Greg

    Ok, everyone who still believes a word that comes out of her mouth, please raise your hand. Anyone standing next to someone with their hand raised will you please give that person a swift, open-handed smack to the back of the head? Thanks.

    April 11, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Come on, Hillary you wanted Penn to go to Columbia, there, right?
    If you fire him, he would write a tell all book. And you wouldn't
    want that. Don't let him get out of your sight for the rest of your life.

    April 11, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Patrick Anthony Drake/Atlanta, GA

    There is no better candidate for President of the United States of America than a dedicated, courageous woman. Hillary will always have my vote of confidence and trust.

    Go Hillary!

    April 11, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Charles Alexander

    Can't think up a lie in time? Just laugh it off!

    When will voters wake up and see that this woman is a phoney? what is it going to take?

    April 11, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Sally

    This is scary. She seems to becoming unhinged. As a woman, I can detect an undertone of hysteria when I see it. And this is not the first time that Mrs.Clinton has projected small tremors of hysteria.

    And now her husband is out of control again - blaming his wife's "misstatements " on Bosnia because she was speaking at 11:00 pm ? Huh ? She spoke about it on 3 different occasions- none late at night. Nor did she immediately apologize as Bill claims.

    Can anyone else out there see how delusional these people have come ? If Obama had talked about being under sniper fire, he would be out of the race by now.

    April 11, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Fisher

    Looks like the GOP was right about the Clinton's all along.

    April 11, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. EBC

    This speaks to her overall credibility and integrity. It's these types of character flaws that will ultimately COST Sen. Clinton her presidential nomination. People DON'T want this kind of "dirty and gutter" politics. They have moved beyond these childish antics.

    Sen. Obama HAD many opportunities to USE her major blunders, i.e., PENN, Bosnia, Pregnant women fiasco and THEY chose not to at this point. BUT it isn't without reason that they COULDN'T if they chose to, but Sen. Obama stated himself he won't play "nasty". AND that's exactly what Sen. Clinton continues to do is play nasty and it's not resounding well across America.

    April 11, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Ray in Florida

    She a liar, We the people are tired of her lies. The best thing that Hillary can do at the point is keep her lips closed. That would asure the American people that she is telling the truth!!!

    Obama 08
    oh, as far as Florida is concerned, it's a different story now that she has lost the nomination.

    April 11, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Ignatz Horowitz

    "...I mean, how do you answer that?"

    With the truth. But if you're Hilary Clinton, I reckon you don't.

    And for you Obama groupies, he's no better. So get over yourselves. We're doomed no matter who "wins" the next "election".

    April 11, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Prab

    As i Canadian, i would not want "Billary" back in the whitehouse! although i respect them, i just dont think that it's their time, yet. They should wait until 2012, and let Obama change the country.

    Obama 08!

    April 11, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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