Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson
August 24th, 2014
04:57 PM ET
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Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson

Westhampton Beach, New York (CNN) - Hillary Clinton, who has yet to comment about the protests over the death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, ignored questions about the incident on Sunday.

After signing more than 700 books at Books & Books in Westhampton Beach, Clinton was asked by two reporters for her reaction to the controversy.

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Clinton ignored both questions and left the bookstore.

Liberal activists and civil rights leaders have asked Clinton for her response, saying she is the presumed front-runner for her party's presidential nomination in 2016 and that she has commented on major news stories in the past.

Michael Brown was shot dead earlier this month by a Missouri police officer. The shooting sparked large protests in the St. Louis suburb, which were highlighted by looting and a sizable police presence.

Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson last week to check in on the federal civil rights investigation into the shooting, and President Barack Obama's White House has begun to look into the equipment the federal government provides to police forces.

At a rally earlier this month about the killing, Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader and host on MSNBC, said, "Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, don’t get laryngitis on this issue."

He then added, "Nobody can go to the White House unless they stop by our house and talk about policing."

Clinton was well received in the tony New York beach town. Countless attendees urged her to run for president and some even demanded that she do so.

"You've gotta run," said one woman. "I want to vote for you." Another tried guilt, telling Clinton that voting for her was on her bucket list. "You can't deny me of that, right," she added.

Clinton also slightly tipped her hand on running a few times.

When one man said his brother was her youngest canvasser during her failed 2008 bid, Clinton respond with a smile, "Keep up your strength."

Another man asked Clinton for her campaign contact, to which the former first lady replied, "Oh, I don't have a campaign yet."

Two attendees offered mild protest to the former secretary of state. One asked a question about the United States' role in Iran and another said he disapproved of the way Clinton handled the Arab Spring.

In the latter case, Clinton urged the man to read her book.

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soundoff (338 Responses)

    Really can't wait to see Thad Cochran,Kevin McCarthy,Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,John McCain,Susan Collins,Hayley Barbour,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Straight no chaser. Hillary will drink to that!

    August 25, 2014 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  2. PM

    She currently holds no office and the presidential election cycle isn't for another two years. Her opinion of what is going right now doesn't mean a damn thing.

    August 25, 2014 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  3. George

    Vote for her if you want no leadership from the next president. This is what you can expect from democratic, liberals that are in politics today. All they know how to do is to lie, and spread falsehoods to win.

    August 25, 2014 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  4. texasjimbob

    Clinton is right to not comment until all the facts are in. I'm sorry Michael Brown died but information released thus far clearly indicates that after robbing a convenience store Brown attacked Officer Wilson and punched him in the face. Brown was not killed beacause he was black. He was not killed because he robbed a store. He was not killed for walking in the middle of the street. It appears that he was killed for punching a police office in the face while trying to get his gun and then threatening to come back and attack him again. If those are indeed the facts the WH should not be threatening to prosecute the office for political reasons. We are supposed to be a nation of laws not mob rule.

    August 25, 2014 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  5. JJ

    It is in the best interests of all Americans that prominent individuals, news reporting agencies as well a public officials to decline making personal comments based on speculation / hearsay without firsthand knowledge of factual information. Hillary did the right thing by ignoring these questions. This IS still an active investigation and not all the facts are in. Nobody wins with a biased opinion.

    August 25, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  6. jnpa

    Smart move on her part. Obama and his administration should also have stayed out of it.

    August 25, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  7. Tutuvabene

    Not the best way to start a presidential campaign.

    August 25, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  8. Anonymous mean that thing that conservatives claim is just another liberal conspiracy to distract us from Benghazi?

    August 25, 2014 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  9. getajobhippies

    i would think that since someone is dead she would give that same response she gave to the Bengazi inquest, what does it matter.

    August 25, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  10. Digger

    I think Ferguson ant he rest of the country should ignore Clinton....I mean What does she matter?

    August 25, 2014 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. utahgetme2

    "Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader and host on MSNBC, said, 'Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, don’t get laryngitis on this issue.' He then added, 'Nobody can go to the White House unless they stop by our house and talk about policing.'
    Yep...otherwise, Jeb Bush & Hillary Clinton are bound to lose the dozens of votes owned by the MSNBC viewership...

    August 25, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Clinton would be wise to speak about the racial divide in this country when asked. Ignoring it doesn't make it go away. It makes you look like you condone it. I think the Missouri governor should have brought in a new prosecutor because it was what THE PEOPLE wanted. The governor must not plan to run for anymore statewide offices because he has just thrown all of his black voter support in the trash bin of history.

    August 25, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  13. Tone

    I am getting the same feelings i got in 2008 democratic primary that my vote will not go to Hillary, Mrs Warren, and Bernie Sanders seem like the best bet.

    August 25, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  14. kerrypenn49

    We the people need to ignore “Benghazi Betty” Clinton. She is but a self-righteous phony. She was a incompetent Obama's Secretary of State and she make a worse President.
    If this is the best the Democrats have........What does that tell you?

    August 25, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  15. bill

    So what? A thug got shot. What is to talk about? He was unarmed to rough up a store clerk. Keep saying unarmed like that makes a difference in a threat scenario. She wisely kept her mouth shut unlike the looters and racial flip lips like Sharpton and Holder. What happens when the black investigation shows no wrong doing by the police officer? More riots and playing the victim for nothing, just like Hamas. Stop acting like you do and you won't be treated like you are. Period.

    August 25, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |

    Hillary is not a leader. If she was she would make a statement. Even if that statement as a simple as saying she doesn't have enough factual information to form an opinion and she will wait until the details are known, but in the meantime, there is no reason to engage in violence, property, destruction, rioting, etc...
    Problem for her is, it does not fit in the campaign script, so no comment, no leadership.

    August 25, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. anna toman

    time for segregation – let blacks & whites live their own lives

    August 25, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  18. bandjammer

    Dudes want to ask questions of people who have no interest or reason to comment. It isn't international news. The media has made the Ferguson issue much more than it would have been otherwise.

    August 25, 2014 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  19. barbara

    If you haven't noticed already, Hillary is being careful not to say too much on controversial issues. She's also been very silent on illegal immigration. True to her shrewdness, she's waiting to see which way the wind blows. Hard to respect someone who doesn't take a stand on issues. However, in regard to the mid-east, she should be very careful not to come across as a war hawk. People are sick of seeing our soldiers dying.... for what. I was in high school when the Vietnam war was raging. It was awful. A war that lasted 10 years and we still lost because the government was trying to win. We defeated the Nazis in WWII this far less technology and in far less time. Very perplexing. In regard the mid-east, we don't want our soldiers being used a political pawns.

    August 25, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  20. barbara

    P.s. meant to say, "the government "WASN'T" trying to win.

    August 25, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  21. Kaisha

    WOW, this lady doesn't know which way to respond.....guess she's waiting on the poll results.

    Voting for her is 4 more years of the most non-transparent gov't administration.

    August 25, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  22. salty dog

    The rwnj get so fired up when she doesn't do what they want, grow up kiddies, she's miles ahead of you clowns.

    August 25, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. kac

    I am most definitely not voting for Clinton her defense, how can an intelligent person make any comments about this tragic event when the investigation has not come to a conclusion. I would not expect any person in public office to make a comment other than it is a tragic situation until all of the facts have been studied.

    August 25, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  24. monkeebizns

    Typical Hillary she won't say anything until her polling people figure out what will benefit her the most in the voters eyes. You do not see her commenting on much of anything since her criticism of Obama's foreign policy and then she had to call and make nicey nice with Obama and say I'm sorry – lets hug and make up – or take the chance Obama would not endorse her if she runs. I believe if the republicans win both the house and the senate in the coming elections Hillary will find an excuse not to run – there are plenty of skeletons in the closets of Bill and Hillary.

    August 25, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  25. Nick

    Clinton has no new ideas. Time to get away from these political dynasties once and for all.

    August 25, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
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