February 14th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
6 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
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  1. pam Eugene OR

    Will she be allowed to speak and answer questions? Or, is she just there to give her mom's stump talk?

    February 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Jen, MI

    Every time Hillary decides to do something, it is scrutinized by everyone. Why doesn't this happen to the MIGHTY OBAMA>

    February 14, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. hard time getting posts approved!

    Chelsea just needs to ask undecided voters of Obama supporters these questions:
    1) What has Obama ever accomplished as a US senator
    2) He claims he can unite people, but he is one of the most partisan senators in the senate. What proof is there that he can be independent and bipartisan?

    February 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Randy - Denver

    I wounder if, now that Chelsea is activily campaigning, is she open for the press to ask questions and dig into her past or is she still to be held inviolate?

    February 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Troy-Boston

    Go Chelsea go!!!

    Hillary '08

    February 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. FFD

    I think we should be more supportive of Senator Clinton and her campaign. She has had a unfairly difficult time in this election. She was fairly unknown at the beginning, had trouble raising funds early, did not have much institutional support, and is just begnning to understand what it means to develop national support from all states. Shouldnt we be more supportive and encouraging of the clear underdog as she struggles against the establishment candidate, Senator Obama?

    February 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Think - FL

    Yea, it's called being egotistical and getting caught off guard.

    She expected Barack and whoever else she'd run against to be a pushover for the Clinton machine. They figured they could ignore the small, "unimportant" states and just focus on the larger, more populated states.

    Scramble Hillary... scramble. There are hordes of ignorant follows vying to throw themselves under your bus.

    February 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Jacques Casimir

    Chelsea in Hawaii is kinda weak

    The reality is Clinton thought this would be over by super tuesday and she never got people on the ground, Now she is scrambling to get people in puerto rico and other states

    its a little late though.

    February 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Mike

    Hillary has the guts and will to get things done. She has done many tasks for the democratic party long before being a senator and Bill was president. She knows the job and what to do. She is tough and at the same time sympathetic to causes. She is the right person for the job.

    Obama is a nice guy but is inexperienced. He even sought Hillary's advice at times and now he thinks he can supersede the teacher after only a few lessons? The fact is that the Clintons have done more for black people than Obama has and ever will. It is becoming clear that people are voting for a choice of color rather than experience and credentials. As much as I would love to see a black person in office, it still has to be a qualified person. Obama will never be able to make good on his promises and will let down everyone. Hillary is smart enough and tough enough to get it done.

    It should be Hillary as president and in 8 years when she has served, I think it would be the right time to put Obama in absolutely. He will be seasoned and knowledgeable by then.

    February 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Alice

    Ron, TX:

    Yup...and, if you recall, Hillary proposed the elimination of the Electoral College to benefit any candidate that appealed to major urban demographics. To hell with middle America,

    February 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Vic

    Political campaigners continually adjust their method of operations depending on day-to-day changes among the voting public. Along with Hillary's direction change among smaller states, we see Obama hiring one of former President Clinton's 1992 main campaign managers. This Obama new-hire told Larry King's audience last night that he would concentrate on the race between Obama and John McCain. Hmmmm.

    February 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Mike

    Hillary has the guts and will to get things done. She has done many tasks for the democratic party long before being a senator and Bill was president. She knows the job and what to do. She is tough and at the same time sympathetic to causes. She is the right person for the job.

    Obama is a nice guy but is inexperienced. He even sought Hillary's advice at times and now he thinks he can supersede the teacher after only a few lessons? The fact is that the Clintons have done more for black people than Obama has and ever will. It is becoming clear that people are voting for a choice of color rather than experience and credentials. As much as I would love to see a black person in office, it still has to be a qualified person. Obama will never be able to make good on his promises and will let down everyone. Hillary is smart enough and tough enough to get it done.

    It should be Hillary as president and in 8 years when she has served, I think it would be the right time to put Obama in absolutely. He will be seasoned and knowledgeable by then.

    February 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Ty in Dallas

    Hillary Clinton is not the candidate of inevitable for the Democrats. People need to break the mode of elitist rule. We have enough Bush-Clinton-Bush. We don't live in an era of aristocracy.

    Obama 08'

    February 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Dem in Ohio

    I'm in Ohio waiting to vite for Hillary, whether CNN gives her any good press or not.

    Hillary 08

    February 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Liz

    I wish I was in Hawaii to help promote Hillary...

    February 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Liam

    Hillery declares that Red State Victories for Senator Obama are meaningless.

    Hillary declares Red State victories for her in Texas and Ohio will mean everything.

    February 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. O8

    like I said, this is Billary Dynasty............

    No to Dynasty/Monarchy

    YES TO DEMOCRACY NO TO DYNASTY

    NO more Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton (Billary) Clinton (Chelsea)...

    Now that Bill is not talking she will use Chelsea......I think it is very sad, but i can see in desperate times they will use whatever they can..
    people in power can not take NO for an answer ....

    February 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. joe

    No credit for Obama doing anything in tne past as a senator

    no substance in his speech

    how can democtats vote for this kind of unqulified candidate?

    but I believe most of the Americans are smart enough to select a qualified president.

    God bless American.

    February 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Kathy

    Too little, too late.

    How does this woman who claims 35 years of experience take so long to "find her voice," take so long to realize "duh, small states matter too," and yet expects us to believe she has the judgment to lead on "day one"????

    Can ANYONE point to ANY decision that Clinton has ever made that ended up being right????

    February 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. A. Harrison

    She is on the move and she can't be stopped.

    Hillary 2008 !
    Obama 2016!

    February 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. John, NC

    A good leader makes adjustments when things don't go well with Plan A. That's called LEADERSHIP, and that's why I like HILLARY. She's a DOER!

    We're down,,, but NOT OUT. It's not over till it's over!!

    Vote for SUBSTANCE!

    Vote for HILLARY '08!!!

    February 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. jaclyn

    If Chelsea is going to put herself in the public arena like this and give speeches, then she ought to answer questions instead of being treated with kid gloves. She is not a child anymore.

    February 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Ryan, New Jersey

    Point and Clap Chelsea!!! Yea, do it do it! You are the #1 fur trader voted at your college and a great governmental electoral vote broker! I love the Clintons. God bless America

    February 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Tara

    So far, I'd say this has been an amazing experience for Chelsea Clinton, but I'm guessing it will be a little "harder" to campaign for her mother in the fall, after she has to testify in Paul v. Clinton.

    February 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. MMM

    Go Chelsea! Get as many votes for your Mom that you can! You and your Mom have carried yourselves with such dignity despite all of the negativity you've had to deal with. I can't wait to see your Mom sworn in as the next President of the United States! You are a wonderful roll model for my daughter and young women all over the world.

    Vote for Hillary Clinton 2008

    February 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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