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)
  1. Juanito

    ALL political hacks(yes, libs, Hillary is just a hack), will ignore Ferguson like all other important issues, until they have an 'even' statement to give so it won't alienate anyone.

    Repubs, dems, no difference. And all America will vote for the candidate they dislike least.

    Big money will win again(yes, it's true Hillary hasn't driven a car since 99, and big money speeches are all about that: big money).

    The people: we ALL will lose again. But hey, it's what we deserve, isn't it?

    August 25, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. david earl

    If Clinton could get elected we would have a president and . First lady .Two females wow

    August 25, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. DCBuck

    Of course she has nothing to say . . . Behind that carefully-choreographed facade is nothing but fluff and air – absolutely NO substance.

    August 25, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. Anonymous

    I don't doubt that Hilary has the intelligence to be president, however I don't think she has the demeanor to be president, I think she would act as far in the opposite direction from the bimbo from Alaska with the same disastrous results for the country

    August 25, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. mark

    Calling Al Sharpton a "civil rights leader" is like calling a can of gasoline a "fire extinguisher". Sharpton is a fraud, a phony, a self aggrandizing charlatan who keeps racism and hatred alive so that he won't ever have to get a real job. Heed the words of a REAL civil rights leader – Booker T. Washington. "There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."

    August 25, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. WG

    Please, if you are going to vote, do it because the person you are voting for is the appropriate candidate to represent this country. Not because of their gender, their ethnic background or because they talk the best game. Do your research people.
    I bet it was real funny, that after Obama was elected, people who were polled on the streets, who voted for him, didn't know if he was a republican or democrat! Let's not make the same mistake twice in a row!

    August 25, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. Roe

    I guess you must give your opinion on every issue?

    August 25, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Marty

    As Obama 3.0 it's business as usual. No comment is I agree.

    August 25, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. Tom

    sounds to me like she did the right thing. Why would you comment on something when all of the evidence has not been released yet. Waiting for a full investigation would make common sense.

    August 25, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. Dan

    She' right to clam up. The public has seen and heard enough of and from her over the years. She has maxed-out her ability to gain positive perceptions from the populace. Most of what is left to see with her are the moles and pimples of her character. Hunkering down in the bunker and hoping for more undocumented democrats to enter the country and vote is her best option. If she even wants to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue once again, that is.

    August 25, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. TNPatriot

    So Hillary is the intelligent one, not voicing a stupid opinion before the facts are known. Good for her, I hope the other candidates do the same.

    August 25, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. IvoteDemocrat

    She don't want blacks and whites to hate her so she is keeping quiet. If she says she supports the cops then the blacks will tear into her just like the whites will do if she says she supports the kid who died. Her best response should be that investigations should be completed so nobody should rush to judgement.

    August 25, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. hardwonder

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

    Wow is that bribery or blackmail (pun intended) ?

    August 25, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. critical thinking

    She was for the police officer before she was against him.

    August 25, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. cjb

    Of course she did. Her campaign couldn't depend on her to not say something stupid.

    August 25, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Bob Ramos

    Clinton did the right thing. Until all of the major facts are in and known, she simply does not, as everybody else, know what actually happened.

    August 25, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. DC Johnny

    As always, she will wait until there is momentum one way or the other and then throw her support behind that emotional tide.

    This is classic "lead from behind" tactics, as perfected by the current president. No morality. No backbone. No standing by one's own principles.

    The new way to the throne is simply not to show why you're the best candidate, but to find out what it is the people want you to say, and then say it as if you invented it.

    August 25, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Unlike the Republican Tea Party, the Democratic Party has a big tent. There will be disputes between the liberal and moderate wings of the party. In the end, the liberal wing of the party will support the nominee for president, even if it is Hillary.

    August 25, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. jeff

    What difference, at this point, does it make? The people who were shipped in to cause mayhem don't care whether the kid was shot in cold blood, or if the cop was beat up so bad he couldn't even aim.

    August 25, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Andrew

    I don't like Hillary, but will acknowledge she's smart about this. Waiting for the facts to come out is common sense.

    August 25, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. Lizzie

    She'll be the next POTUS it's a woman's turn, at least she's a third way type and not a flaming lib.
    -I thought people have a voice in that, but I guess in your mind she has a RIGHT to become President. Why not just appoint her.

    August 25, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. Kyle

    dear media.
    Stop referring to looting and rioting as protests. How does looting a liquor store or stealing rims for a custom wheel shop show support for the family of the so called victim? And please quit referring to Brown as the unarmed teenager. Sounds like there may be more to this than the "Civil Rights" leaders are telling us. Did he reach in the police car and strike the officer and then struggle for his gun?
    Last but not least how about changing your definition of civil rights leader to people who are either civil or right. Sharpton, Farrakhan, and the NAACP do NOT fit this category. They are racist mongrels who incite not defuse racial divide in this country

    August 25, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Gurgyl

    -Repeat of Obama is much more safer than wreck of Bush, Reagan together. Be glad, you have Health Insurance when you have mouth sore talking racial color nonsense. Inept are Rethuglucan that landed this nation to Wars, Haliburtons, no Healthcare, BCBS robbery, tax loots, cayman island stored dollars etc. Learn this truths if you have brain to think. No passing immigration, voter restrictions, redistributing for votes, etc.

    August 25, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. Sniffit

    And Paul Ryan, who is actually a sitting elected official as opposed to someone who just might run for office, ran like a watery chickenturd from questions about deportation at a book signing this weekend, but you won't hear about it here on the Constant Nontroversy Network.

    August 25, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "asked by two reporters for her reaction to the controversy."

    Name them and their employer....or would that damage the nontroversy value of their ambush?

    August 25, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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