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Chelsea Clinton's response to Monica Lewinsky questions

post #1 of 13
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So what do you think of the questions that were asked twice now to Chelsea Clinton about Monica Lewinksy and her father during her campaigning for her mother and her response to these questions? She basically said it is "none of your business" and I have to say I agree with her. I think it's really cruel for people to bring this up to her, I think the poor girl probably went through enough when all this happened and I don't think it should have anything to do with her mother running for president.

Now, I'm by no means a fan of the Clinton's. I've never cared for Bill Clinton and I'm not a supporter of Hillary either, although if it comes down to Hillary and John McCain I will certainly be voting for Hillary.
post #2 of 13
Why in the world would anyone ask her questions about that? Do people really think she's going to respond? Besides, they'd most likely not like her answer.
post #3 of 13
I think it is terribly mean of those people to ask her those types of questions, it is her Father for goodness sakes. Leave her alone.
post #4 of 13
Do I think it's wrong of them to ask? Yes.
Do I think it's any of their business? No.
Do I feel that she's putting herself out there for her mother, therefore she should expect such ignorance? Yes.
Should she put up with it? No.

I think she has handled herself maturely and I commend her for being so gracious in her response. I'm not sure I could be under those circumstances.
post #5 of 13
Well, I don't know about the mother or the father, but at the rate she's going, the daughter will get my vote! Good show, Chelsea!!
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I'm in the "good for her" camp. I'm sure, out campaigning for her mom, she probably expected that some rude people would ask that question. And I think she handled it beautifully.

She's got alot of poise, and I think she's doing a terrific job out there.
post #7 of 13
I guess I’m going to be contrary to the “popular†view here and say that she should have answered at least the first one more directly. The question was how the Monica Lewinsky scandal affects Hillary’s credibility. It wasn’t about the scandal itself, or how they got through it, but how it affected the candidate in the here and now. And the questioner even went on record to say that he’s a Clinton supporter and was really setting Chelsea up to be able to sing praises about how Hillary has been able to rise above adversity and come out on top with the voters.

The second question seemed to me to be more to grind her gears, and it worked. But if she had answered the first question there probably wouldn’t have been a second.

Chelsea is stumping for Hillary. She’s not a child, she’s in her mid-20s. She’s going out as a surrogate for Hillary of her own free will, and they had to expect the Monica issue to come up at some point. Let’s face it, Chelsea is much more approachable than Bill or Hillary so it only surprised me that the question hadn’t come up sooner. Honestly, if she was unprepared for a Monica question then her coaches and handlers should be fired.

I’ve heard from multiple news sources that the media is being very limited on the access they are given to Chelsea and what questions they are allowed to ask her. Again, she’s not being forced into this and she’s not a child. If you want to play with the big boys, you have to be able to take the hits as well as the glory. Politics is an ugly business, and the former first daughter should know that first hand.
post #8 of 13
I think she handled it wonderfully. She could have yelled and screamed and gotten all mad, but she didn't. Why would anyone ask her a question like that!! I personally think children, wives, siblings...etc of candidates should be off limits. We are voting for the family we are voting for the candidate.
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Originally Posted by lisalee View Post
So what do you think of the questions that were asked twice now to Chelsea Clinton about Monica Lewinksy and her father during her campaigning for her mother and her response to these questions? She basically said it is "none of your business" and I have to say I agree with her.
Chelsea was clearly primed for any question regarding Lewinsky, and it would have been nice had she actually answered the real question, which oddly enough came from a Clinton supporter.

The question was, "Did Hillary's actions during the Lewinsky affair hurt your mother's credibility?"

The honest answer would have been "Yes, but..."

Maybe she forgot that Hillary at one point said there was nothing to the allegations and they were all part of the "vast right-wing conspiracy," a phrase that will haunt her until her dying day, I imagine.
post #10 of 13
I just have to wonder what relevancy that would have in an interview with Chelsea. IMO that would be like someone (anyone) asking my daughter about an affair her father may have had - what business is it of theirs. Surely Bill's business with Monica has nothing to do with Hilary's abilities as a politician and even less to do with Chelsea.
post #11 of 13
But that wasn't the question. The question was whether Hillary's actions during that time affected her credibility. And most feminists say it did.

Hillary had the chance to be the innocent victim in the "affair," but instead tried to change it into something entirely different, turning Bill into the victim, and that hurt her credibility. Obviously not to a fatal degree.

Had it remained entirely an issue of Bill and his behavior, and had Hillary not tried to accuse others of manufacturing it, I would say the issue has nothing to do with the current race. But that's not what happened, unfortunately.

And since one of her own supporters asked the question, clearly I'm not the only one to think so.
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
I’ve heard from multiple news sources that the media is being very limited on the access they are given to Chelsea and what questions they are allowed to ask her. Again, she’s not being forced into this and she’s not a child. If you want to play with the big boys, you have to be able to take the hits as well as the glory. Politics is an ugly business, and the former first daughter should know that first hand.
It doesn't surprise me at all that they are limiting the questions to Chelsea. I've read both Bill and Hillary's books, and they were both obsessively protective of anything that got to Chelsea while he was in office.

Her answer was right. It is none of their business. What happened is between a married couple.
post #13 of 13
What if she answered it like this, "No it didn't. But it was the best thing to ever happen to my parents marriage. Now they know exactly what is required from each other to be happy."

People really wouldn't like that answer, but I have a feeling it's the truth. The reason I know this is because it happened in my family.
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