April 11th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
13 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."

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Pennsylvania
soundoff (315 Responses)
  1. why?

    It's all a joke. People are losing their homes, jobs and lives. It's all a big joke. Come on......

    April 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. cherish

    Hillary supporters, ask yourselves, do we really want a president who laughs off hard questions?

    I don't. I want a president who isn't afraid to ask the tough questions, make the tough statements, and doesn't disingenuously pander to every special interest in the nation.

    OBAMA '08!

    April 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. darrell

    hmmm..my 7 year old daughter reacts the same way when she gets caught with her hand in the cookie jar. She'll just laugh it off to cover up for the fact she has been caught.
    HiLIEry is a victim of her own ego, she can no longer discern between truth or fiction, reality or fantasy.

    April 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Jay

    Has one party ever tried to nominate such two flawed candidates in Hillary and Obama...? These two make a middle of the road guy like McCain seem by far "PRESIDENTIAL".

    April 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Tina, NC

    "How do you answer that"? she asks. How about the TRUTH!!!

    She is so disgusting. I keep asking myself what it is going to take for her supporters to wake up and smell the deception. Judging by some of these posts the answer is obvious. Her supporters are as insane as she is.

    OBAMA '08

    April 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Susan, Miami

    I am not a fan of CNN but I must give them credit for not letting Hilary get away with her obviously false Anti-Colombia Trade Deal stance. This woman is a phony! Hope Penn folks wake up and vote for real talent and experience...

    Obama 08!

    April 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. The Wad

    "How do you answer that" she asks?

    Try the truth for once.

    April 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. MC, Pa

    I can see this tactic is coming directly from Bush's playbook too. When caught in a lie, laugh it off or joke it off...

    Who is going to pay the price for their lies, the american people, loss of lives, loss of jobs...

    Wake up PA, let's put this to an end.

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

    Yeah, Where are the Hillary Suporters on these blogs? Oh, you
    know she will lose and the blog is less exciting to you. Right?
    Yes, when I read the Hilary blogs, I hade to re-read because the
    remarks sounded unrealistic and immuture. Like kindergardeners!

    April 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. cph9680

    And you people would want to vote with some moron whose gonna giggle like a child everytime you try and ask her a question she can't lie her way out of???
    Please, you idiots need to get off the cool aid and NOW

    April 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. j

    I would bet my entire retirement fund Bush and Cheney can be found to be infinately richer two years out of office than they were when they went in. They were "oil men" when they went in and just look at where oil is now-- DUH !!!!!!! LBJ was essentially broke when he entered " public service" as a State Representative and stayed in "public service" until he decided to not run for a 2nd tesm as President.--- Why do you think so many rich folks want to become "public servants" and go to Washington ?????????

    April 11, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    I'll tell you how to answer: YES or NO! (I suppose it depends on the definition of "YES" and "NO")...

    April 11, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. RealityKing

    100,000 jobs going to Columbia.
    Or 100,000 Columbians coming to America.

    Which is better??

    April 11, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    The million dollar questin? Giggle, How many angels dance on the
    head of a pin? Giggle, Giggle. Show your teeth. Giggle.

    April 11, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Shelley in NC

    "maybe she laughed to keep from getting mad with all these stupid questions regarding nothing about the issues we face everyday. instead of heckling her and her family everyday just to get a story,why dont we focus on the issues instead of crowning your guy king before the coronation"


    April 11, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Alice

    Wait a minute here! I thought the Clinton's favorite promo is "2 for 1", suggesting they work together, as a TEAM. Hillary only now comes out against NAFTA when it is politically benefial. One can only conclude this woman is a liar and a fraud. Tell us Hillary, how much of the $800K did you spend on Bill's endeavor. Perhaps you two would like to return the money to Columbia.

    April 11, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Robert in NE


    Chill out bro!! Thanks for the rant in CAPS, Game over if Hilary only wins by 1-3% in PA she cannot make up the gap. She is in DENIAL. The Clintons may be owed a lot of favors but not enough to make up the gap. HRC has made a mockery of the process and is a sore loser. She has no chance for a dignified exit from the race. Teamsters are with Obama. HRC take your ball and go home.

    April 11, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Ken Kensington

    An we wonder why there is talk about having a 3rd. party here in the USA so we might get a choice that will really discuss the issues and have some feel for us working stiffs.

    April 11, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Chuck

    Where is the video? Hillary's campaign has intimidated the press – they are afraid if they show the video people will accuse them of being sexist. Just show the video without comment – let the people decide

    April 11, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Karen, Jersey City

    How many lies must one tell before being called a Liar? Hillary and Bill can answer that question.

    April 11, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. ltd1974

    Sorry to say, anybody who votes for Hillary is a fraud. The Lady thinks everything is a joke even lies and dirty campaign, and then when you read stuff like go Hillary your the strongest for the job its just sicken. Can't wait til the fraud drops out.

    Obama '08

    April 11, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Jamaal Pennslyvania

    All of my fellow Pennslyvania residents this is your sign that the Clinton can not be Trusted

    April 11, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Rick

    How do your answer that? For most of us, that would be easy – by telling the truth.

    April 11, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Nando

    The sad thing is that PA will vote for this lying person because they are to afraid to change . This is what they love in PA lying politicians tells you about them as people .

    April 11, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. applecrispbetty

    Her laugh is a putdown. It's her way of saying "I'm smarter than you". That's why she's not popular with college grads.

    April 11, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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