ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: Obama wrapped up his stump speech to a Grinnell college crowd Tuesday night and ended with a familiar joke, “these questions were not pre-selected or pre-arranged,” a knock to the Clinton campaign’s planting question controversy.
But what Obama did not expect was for a character from the controversy to be in the front row.
Students began pointing fingers to one girl, and Obama replied, “Is this the young lady right here? Oh my goodness! I didn’t know she was gonna be here.”
Sure enough, it was Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, the 19 year old sophomore who had asked a Hillary Clinton a question about climate change which had been planted by a Clinton campaign staffer.
Obama joked, “I’m not gonna call on her,” then moved on.
But the intrepid Gallo-Chasanoff still got her own question to Senator Obama this time.
Obama shook her hand after the event, laid both hands on her shoulders and said, “You caused all the trouble.”
Gallo-Chasanoff nodded smiling.
Then posed her question to the Senator, “Is it really possible to reach this level of national politics without altering your morals,” a fitting question for the ethical controversy she has been wrapped up in.
Obama told her, “You don't have to compromise who you are. You have to make compromises. But not your core values.”
Gallo-Chasanoff was coy about which candidate she is supporting for the Iowa caucus, saying she’s not going to say right now.