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Chelsea Clinton's Monica Lewinsky Answer

Chelsea Clinton, "MYOB!" Meghan McCain, "Shoes!"

It could be the campaign equivalent of a sucker punch. While stumping for her mom yesterday at Butler University, Chelsea Clinton was unexpectedly rocked by the big M-question: Monica. Specifically, did the 1998 event harm Hillary's reputation. Chelsea whipped back a crowd stirring response.

Wow, you're the first person actually that's ever asked me that question in the, I don't know, 70 college campuses that I've now been to and I do not think that's any of your business.

This story of this tough event contrasts wildly with the sunshine-and-light profile of Meghan McCain in today's Washington Post. For these two campaign daughters, the whistle-stops might be the same, but their roles in the spotlight couldn't be more different. To see how, with video of yesterday's gripping event,


Chelsea has famously found her voice this campaign, wowing audiences as a savvy spokeswoman for her mom, deftly fielding questions at townhalls and college campus Q&As. She's prepped on all of the toughies, from foreign policy to free trade, answering in the compact, confident, and specific style of her mom, with all the charm of her dad. Growing up absorbing the political acumen of her parents, which burst forth in yesterday's answer, it's clear that's the role she's meant to play in this campaign.

Meghan's chosen a different role in her dad's campaign, but one that fits her as perfectly as the five pairs of shoes she totes with her on the campaign trail. In this fun Post piece, Meghan (proprietress of — an online diary and scrapbook of her experience on the trail) talks about her mom's penchant for Cheetos, and Henry Kissinger's taste in loafers. Not shy about her socially liberal bent — she voted for John Kerry in 2004 — a mildly surprising tidbit she's never hidden. She's working the campaign, solidly behind her dad, with her tilted cap and aviator sunglasses firmly in place.

Do you like one daughter's campaign role more? Do you think they're doing a good job staying true to themselves under the spotlight?


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michlny michlny 9 years
I agree w/ cine lover - if you're going to put yourself out there - you need to be prepared to take the good w/ the bad. We can't sugar coat life. It is what it is.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
I think it's improper to ask the DAUGHTER about her parents's affairs (especially that type of affair). They should've asked Hillary herself. But that's just my opinion.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
She won't take questions from the media but takes them from all of the students and the people that she talks to. Her purpose is to tell people about her mother's plans and stances on the issues. She wants to stay on message and not get involved in any media salaciousness. I would probably do the same thing. IMO I don't think anyone is forcing her to campaign. She wants to. :)
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think the person was a fool for asking the question, and incredibly rude. However, I do think that it kind of promotes a double standard to send someone out on the campaign trail, and then apply "special rules" to them. I know that she won't talk with the media. I just think if she is going to be adult enough to be a surrogate for a Presidential candidate, then she should be adult enough to play by the same rules that apply to her Dad and other speakers. I don't think she should have answered the question, but I have always thought it odd that she won't take questions from the media or talk to them. It kind of makes you question what she is telling voters.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Hmmmm....I believe that entire article said MR Clinton.
stephley stephley 9 years
I just googled 'impact of Clinton Scandals on Gore' and this came up - it's just the beginning of an article by the BBC and suggests it's not just a family issue when the President strays: Wednesday, August 19, 1998 Published at 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK World media contemptous of Clinton Singapore's papers say Mr Clinton's credibility is damaged Bill Clinton's confession of an affair has left the world's media talking about a lame-duck president and America's moral decline. It has even earned him support from Iran and Iraq. Gavin Esler: World's press amused and bewildered Asian newspapers were perhaps the least forgiving. Editorials from Singapore to Tokyo acknowledged the shrewdness of his public statement, but said his credibility was in tatters after he had sullied the most powerful office in the world. "Mr Clinton's behaviour, and his disregard for morality, have tarnished the presidency. No amount of finely chosen words can change that," lamented Hong Kong's South China Morning Post. 'A stain on the presidency' Another Hong Kong paper, the Ming Pao Daily News, said: "An affair is a matter of his private life only. But a president's personal credibility affects public interests. As he can lie about rumours, he can certainly lie to the people of the United States about important national matters, too." The scandal has made headlines around the world In Singapore, the Straits Times warned that Mr Clinton's behaviour would "leave a stain on his presidency". Newspapers in Japan voiced concern that the country's main ally would be left rudderless. "Clinton's credibility has definitely suffered a major blow," said Japan's largest circulation newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I do the same thing cabaker. I defend Obama all the time even though I'm not supporting him. Some things are awful and unfair no matter who they happen to.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Thanks cabaker :highfive: WHEW I got really fired up over this one.
foxie foxie 9 years
I don't blame her for her husband's infidelity. But I blame her for the fact that he KEPT cheating on her, and I do not in any way respect the way she dealt with it. I fail to see how that is "tacky."
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Fight the good fight Harmony! If someone would have told me years ago that I would be sticking up for a Clinton, I would have told them they were insane! But I have found myself defending her and her family more and more recently...
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Wow. I don't even know what to say. I can't believe that some of you think this is valid. It completely disgusts me. How would any of you feel if that was your daughter? If it was your husband that was outed to the world as a cheater? I suppose this post is useless because I can already construct exactly what some of your responses to the above statement will be. Something about well I wouldn't have stayed with him or lied or BLAH BLAH BLAH. It's easy when you are on the sidelines. Absolutely no one in the world except for Bill and Hillary know the ins and outs of their marriage. To say otherwise is pure speculation. They are humans. Chelsea had a human response. She's not a politician. She's simply supporting her mom. She lives a very quiet life. No Hillary supporter would ever ask Chelsea about Monica and if it has hurt Hillary's reputation. It's tasteless, stupid, and has a clear answer. Hate Hillary all you want, but blaming her for her husbands infidelity is insanely tacky....and dragging her daughter into it is horrendous.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"I'm still not going to vote for her, but not because of any "sex scandal" stories." I agree with this, however seeing a documentary on MSNBC the other day that said that he was cheating on her before they even got married (while running for his first elected office), and that she knew about it kind of surprised me. I do think their marriage is one of ambition, however that doesn't effect my vote. I disagree with her policies and the way she runs her campaign, so that is why I am not voting for her.
vikingprin vikingprin 9 years
"I think many voters care about whether or not she's either callous and so ambitious that she'd rather stay married and get elected or so forgiving and weak that she'd just stay in a bad marriage." This is the reasoning that has bothered me about the whole lewinsky bit all along. How many people in the world have been cheated on and stayed with their spouses?? There are a million reasons to stay together other than weakness or political gain. When the scandal broke out, the entire family was under attack, and they responded as a family. There are definitely times when it takes a stronger woman to stay with a man who cheats than leave him. I'm still not going to vote for her, but not because of any "sex scandal" stories.
indielove indielove 9 years
I know, stephley. I mean how much crap can they dig up on Obama? Most of the 'scandal' he's dealt with wasn't anything he did himself, it's been about the people he worked and have been associated with. With the exception of Rezko, where Obama is only guilty by association, the other debacles were either misinterpreted, slips of the tongues or their own personal beliefs and opinions. Big whoop.
stephley stephley 9 years
Those doubts a lot of us have about Hillary's marital motives scare me - I keep thinking that the Republicans want her to be the nominee because they know they've got the ammunition to take her down quickly.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I see your point Mali01, but then the topic at the top of the page will read (Was Hillary being sincere when she talked about the scandal or is she just ambitious and will do and say anything)c'mon there has to be a point were someone walks up the isle sits in the drivers seat and puts the breaks on this out of control bus. If they just keep feeding the questions what's going to come is more questions certainly not satisfaction.
indielove indielove 9 years
I don't think she can really address the Monica thing because it'll just prove who calculating she really is. Smug and manipulative.
indielove indielove 9 years
I, for one, strongly believe that she stayed in the marriage for political gain. I see no real affection between those two. They're a unit, that's for sure and they're set on achieving their goals together.
Mali01 Mali01 9 years
You know, I think this was a missed opportunity even if the question was in somewhat bad taste. Monica is the elephant in the room (no pun intended), and I don't know why Hillary doesn't put it to rest by explaining why she chose to stand by her husband. I think many voters care about whether or not she's either callous and so ambitious that she'd rather stay married and get elected or so forgiving and weak that she'd just stay in a bad marriage. Bill Clinton's affair severely damaged this country's integrity, and made D.C. into a laughing stock across the world. What's worse is that he lied under oath about it and probably tried to use his power and office to strong arm Monica into lying, too. That affair probably cost Al Gore the presidency in 2000, and it might cost Hillary the White House, too, if she doesn't address it.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
God bless humanities flaws, keeps these rooms ALIVE! Yeah, there is certainly plenty and then some legitimate useful things to go after the Clinton's on. I just think this was silly.
indielove indielove 9 years
Thanks, Jude. :)
indielove indielove 9 years
You know what's funny? How Hillary, just yesterday, brought up the Rev. Wright debacle when she'd shied(as far as I can recall) from that topic altogether but since her Bosnia flap, she brings this situation up again to take the heat off of herself. She's despicable.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
:D indie. Feel free. I think the validity of the question is, as a couple of posters have stated, how Hillary's reaction to it back then may reflect on her integrity. Personally, I don't really care one way or the other about Bill's infidelities. But it is a valid question to some.
annelisew annelisew 9 years
Poor Chelsea. Ask Hillary, don't ask her daughter.
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