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Chelsea Clinton questioned over father's affair with Monica Lewinsky
Chelsea Clinton, campaigning for her mother Hillary at universities across the United States, has been forced for the first time to respond publicly to a question about her father Bill's affair with Monica Lewinsky. She looked briefly taken aback before responding:"Wow, you're the first person actually that's ever asked me that question in the, I don't know maybe, 70 college campuses I've now been to, and I do not think that is any of your business," she said. Miss Clinton, an awkward 12-year-old when her father entered the White House in 1992, is now a poised woman of 28 who has taken a leave of absence from a New York hedge fund to help in her motherís battle to become the first female US president. She has largely operated under the radar, speaking frequently to the kind of young audiences that often favour Mrs Clintonís rival Barack Obama but never granting interviews and being protected by campaign aides who swoop on any reporter who has the temerity to attempt to ask a question. Events are usually arranged at short notice and only publicised locally. In some cases it is specified that only students are allowed to attend.
The limitations of this strategy became clear on Tuesday, however, when Miss Clinton was asked at Butler University in Indianapolis about the Lewinsky scandal and also her memories of a trip to Tuzla in Bosnia when she was 16. Mrs. Clinton had been forced to admit she had "misspoken" about coming under sniper fire as she, her daughter, the comedian Sinbad and the singer Sheryl Crow had landed. A student asked Miss Clinton whether she remembered any incoming fire."Well sir, I think that my mother's on record as having talked about this and I support what she said. I mean, I was there as well and I'm so honoured that I was there." It was the practised answer of a politician and Miss Clinton has won praise for her command of the detail of her mother's policy proposals and ability to field just about any query.
The Lewinsky question, however, appeared to be a tricky one for her. Mr. Clinton's sexual scandals have been all but off limits as a subject for discussion during the campaign. He had asked the question because his friends "always bring up that scandal" and "it's not something I asked to cause trouble but to show those people what makes Hillary so strong". It had been an opportunity for Miss Clinton to talk about her mother's strength, he said. "I can see where she'd get a little defensive because of the question and hearing Lewinsky over and over again, but I would like to hear her say something about Hillary rather than dismissing the question." John McCain, the Republican nominee for the presidency, has also enlisted the support of his daughter. But Meghan McCain, 23, steers clear of politics and instead fills her blogs with fashion and make-up tips and happily describes herself as "an airhead". After meeting Miss Clinton, Miss McCain noted that she had "really cute shoes". Blogging about a recent trip to the White House, she told her readers: "Before there are any peanut gallery comments, no it didn't feel like a 'home'. At home, I lounge around in sweatpants. We met Mrs Bush and Jenna who gave us a tour. "It is everything people say it is and more. Just truly, absolutely breathtaking. "However, I do think it's in need of some modern art. I was an art history major after all and love everything Andy Warhol has done - there should be one in the White House!"
CHELSEA SAYS NO, AGAIN! http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2008/04/01/costello.chelsea.says.no.cnn?iref=24hours