February 14th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Aloha: Chelsea Clinton to campaign in Hawaii

Chelsea Clinton campaigned for her mother in California in early February.

Chelsea Clinton campaigned for her mother in California in early February.

(CNN) - As part of the Clinton campaign's declared effort to fight for every delegate in every state, Chelsea Clinton is heading to Hawaii, Barack Obama's home turf, according to a Clinton campaign source. She'll spend three days, including this weekend, campaigning there.

The Clinton campaign has been criticized for not competing in the smaller states and caucuses, but is now trying to adjust their strategy. A campaign source says they are not focused only on Texas and Ohio.

On conference call Wednesday, Clinton staffer Guy Cecil said the campaign would now be hiring staffers and opening field offices in several states with upcoming contests they had not devoted resources to before, including Montana and Wyoming.

Hillary Clinton has been endorsed by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, and will be doing satellite interviews with Hawaiian TV today.

A campaign source says Chelsea has proven to be an effective campaigner and they see a strong correlation between Chelsea's visits and improved performance.

At this point, says one campaign source, it's a delegate fight, and even narrowing a loss has a huge impact.

This cycle Chelsea campaigned for her mother in California – the first state where Clinton won the youth vote. The rural congressional district where Chelsea campaigned in Nebraska outperformed others in the state. So far this cycle, Chelsea Clinton has campaigned in at least 15 states.

–CNN’s Jessica Yellin

Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Hawaii • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (426 Responses)
  1. Cheche

    Great!! Good to hear Chelsea is in training! Go Girl ... U r next in line. Who knows??? ...2016!! is just around the coner

    February 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. polifan

    Yay! Now I can wear my Obama t-shirt at the Clinton rally.

    I don't think Chelsea being here is going to help her mom at all – it's Obama territory. I guess they DO have to show face so they don't look like they're snubbing our state.

    Also, it must be a slap in the face for her to know that millions would rather have someone with no experience over someone who does.

    February 14, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Carrie

    Have any of the Clintons ever had a real job?

    February 14, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. shelly

    They have always been jealous of Chelsea. They try and try to demonize the Clintons, but some of us see through there campaigns. Say what you want about them, but LOOK AT THEIR DAUGHTER!! I think it speaks volumes about the Clintons.

    February 14, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. frank

    Does anybody read candidate bios? Chelsea may be campaigning for mom in Hawaii, but Barack's a native son. He was born, spent the majority of his childhood, and went to school in HAWAII ! Obama '08!

    February 14, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. jc new york

    the obama guys here are just nasty....if they are fighting for change, why being like that? show some courtesy and respect....what kind of change are you guys afterall then?

    February 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. jo

    go hillary- she's take hawaii by storm. u go chelsea!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. TerryD

    Chelsea every mother in North America wishes they had a daughter as intelligent , confident, respectful, engaging and as tactful as you are on the political path.

    Mind you it doesn't hurt to have great parents who adore you and taught you to be the best that you can be.

    You are a credit to your parents and America.

    When someone tries to degrade you with sexist statements, the hatred and fear is within them, and has nothing to do with you,as you are probably well aware, that they are the one's with psychological problems.

    February 14, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. Malama Makena

    2000 – Democrats SCREAM that the candidate with the most votes is overturned by the Supreme Court.

    2008 – Democrats now talk about a handful of "superdelegates" overturning a candidate who wins the most delegates by vote of the people, the most states, and the most popular vote?

    Is that possible???? I can't believe the party or either candidate will let that happen, unless they have a death wish!!

    February 14, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Carolina for Hillary

    Vote Obama mean vote for McCain wake up people
    Go Hillary

    February 14, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. Karim

    Chelsea..this..chelsea that...chelsea there..girl ain't goin to rip anything people...relax.. OBAMA is the thing, Hilary's been talking about experience , has she been on that seat before?..Where's the experienc from? from Bill......come on. concede it, OBAMA IS THE THING PEOPLE....

    February 14, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. Stephan Pickering

    Mahzel tov, Chelse & Hillary...As a Jew, I have been bemused (but not surprised) by the sexism hurled at Senator Clinton & her family...and I for one, who voted with pride for her here in California, not having voted since Bobby Kennedy was short...and I believe she will prevail against the Elmer Gantry-ism of the glib, pseudo-intellectual, vacuous Uncle Obama, and against the stultifying machinations of the Democratic party 'elite'. Elections have their ups-and-downs...she loses a few, and the 'media' (I won't call television teleprompter readers 'journalists' because they are not) immediately dismisses her campaign. I have read her position papers, and those of Obama (who, lately, has been plagiarizing her ideas), only wishing I could do more for her. Oh, happy Valentine's Day to all the Clinton Family.

    February 14, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    Solutions? Solutions? You think that HRC and her husband have solutions? This is hysterical!

    February 14, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. Daniel Ortega

    Hillary is pimiping Chelsea in Hawaii now.

    February 14, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. ernestine

    fairness in politics, no cheating , reseach the history of all candidates, make balanced decisions , history follows you , and leopards never change their spots they just alter for a period of time . (google) ron brown , vincent foster , ed willey, victor raiser , barbara wise . i am sure u will think differrently . marian wright edelman , she what she say s about the clintons welform reform ( childrens defense fund founder ) and her yale buddy . she always mentions her work for the poor but never talks her mentor in the fight for the poor . I wonder why !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! reseach people .

    February 14, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. charlie

    i am not electing chelsea clinton. why would this matter to me?

    February 14, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. R. in San Francisco

    I think that HRC has solutions. She actually has plans, not just speeches. And, in fact, Barack Obama seems to think she has good solutions too, because he just unveiled a plan that reads word for word straight from her playbook. It's a nice honor, really.

    As to Chelsea, she is a strong, smart, credible woman and I wish her the best.

    As to Barack Obama, the fact that he refuses to debate Hillary is telling, as is his insistence that the votes of Michigan and Florida be disenfranchised. He too was on the ballot in Florida, let's not forget! And their population went overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton.

    Bararck Obama's supporters might be the loudest - for now - but that doesn't make them the most plentiful. Let's see how this all plays out.

    February 14, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. Kevin Topeka, KS

    It would be an abomanation if we were to change the rules and allow Michigan and Florida to seat delegates at the Convention. Everyone, candidates included, understood and accepted these rules before the campaign began. However, the rules need to be changed regarding the superdelegates. Even though, everyone, including the candidates, knew and understood that if the American voters could not make a clear decision, the superdelegates would be the deciding factor. Come on!!!! How can the Obamaites think they can have it both ways?

    February 14, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. teresa

    you go Chelsea..your doing a great job..

    February 14, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  20. AF

    The difference is when somebody is campaigning for you they have to speak and answer questions on your behalf, otherwise don't bother wasting my time sending her out for a photo op. That is why you are seeing all the people upset with Hillary, she can't expect to send her kid out there and not have to face tough questions by the voters on her mom's or dad's behalf.

    February 14, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. Jay

    Hillary.. we need results not HOPE!!!! Go!!! we're not all seduced by the media and hype!!!!

    February 14, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. CJ, Delhi NY

    I think she is the best thing the Clinton's ever accomplished. That is why i am voting for Obama.

    February 14, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. Sam, PA

    The Republicans are good at strategizing, and the 2008 presidential election is for them to lose, by all implications. Therefore, the Republicans will do everything to win. The current momemtum that Obama is enjoying now is beyond any human compresion. It seems as if there is a conspiracy by the right wing led by their notable Karl Rove, to make sure that Obama gets the nomination and then lose to McCain. Hillary is better prepared to lead the country in theses difficult times. She has got the credentials and experience to do the job in this moment. It should be emphasized that McCain is not far from the left, which makes him acceptable to some democrats and independents, and the national security is his strength, which is also that of Hillary's. The economic strength of the Clintons can't be over emphasized. Why can't we all rally around this woman of history and get victory for our party and America? I refer the readers to the headlines and Legends on Hillary Clinton on MSNBC on Saturday, Feb. 9th, 2008. Let us be real and not be fooled. Hillary deserves nothing less than victory.

    February 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  24. Conan

    Boy I bet that was a hard sell.

    H – "Honey would you go to Hawaii in February and campaign for me?"

    C – "Ummm sure mom. Anything for you......"

    February 14, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. abimbola olusoji

    Chelse is fast learning how to take over from another generetion of Bush. Rat race in Us politics.

    February 14, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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