February 16th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
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Campaign role ups pressure on Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea is assuming a new, more public role.
Chelsea is assuming a new, more public role.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – She's faced the glare of public life since she was a girl, but Chelsea Clinton must contend with renewed press scrutiny as she increasingly assumes a role in her mother's campaign for president.

The former first daughter always has been off-limits to the media, especially while she was growing up in the White House.

But pressure to burst this protective bubble is likely to grow as the soon-to-be 28-year-old campaigns across the country for Sen. Hillary Clinton, even heading to Hawaii - Sen. Barack Obama's home turf.

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  1. Lee Ann H~ Texas

    Seeing how Hillary seems to control her ADULT daughters life makes me fear her being our president. I mean, COME ON!! Her daughter is nearing 30 years old!! Let her be in control of herself.

    February 16, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Angelina005

    oh please this is no news, she has been putting her daugther, her mother, her husband, and then if anyone says anything about it like she is pimping her daugther in politics she is mad.......... what kind of world is this, where the clintons make the rules then they break them.. please
    we want democracy not dynasty.............

    i am so sick of this Clinton blah blah, it is like People Magazine, talking about Britney Spears, .............. they love the paparazzi

    February 16, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Stephen,Wilmington,NC

    PLEASE, Chelsea is a big girl now, she's all grown up and is an adult. If she chooses to place herself in the middle of her mom's campaign then she should be able to role with the punches.

    February 16, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    I hope Chelsea turns out better than her parents.

    February 16, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Pier Giacalone

    Oh yes, by all means let's tar and feather the girl for being born a Clinton.

    You can hear the wolves licking their chops at the prospect of fresh meat. What could be better than a new outlet to castigate the Clintons for.....uh..... serving their country.

    I'm sure Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd are planning to dine on Chelsea's liver with a side a fava beans and a nice chianti.

    This is our 4th branch of government? This is our watchdog? Please protect me from Chelsea "Cloverfield" Clinton!

    February 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. Will

    Oh please...Hillary needs to campaign by herself. Her daughter and Bill are just reminders are scandals...that's why the Republicans were in power for the past years! Never in the white house again, Hillary!

    February 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Arlene

    Why is the media so hung up on Chelsea. She is doing what any daughter would do if her mother was running for President of the United States. What is it the media wants from her. Does she have to share herself with everyone. I don't blame her for not answering the reports. Anything she says will be twisted to become a sensational story anyway. Leave the girl alone.

    February 16, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Joan

    Chelsea?

    Yawn.

    I'm just tired of the Clinton family. All their shenanigans, scandals, arguments, bickering, schemes ....

    Clinton fatigue.

    February 16, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Shenehneh from Chappaqua

    Someone should have bust that girl's big bubble head a long time ago. And that's all I have to say about that right there! Love always, Shenehneh from Chappaqua

    February 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. Kay

    Chelsea Clinton is the best testament to what Hillary and Bill Clinton are all about. Anyone can see she has been raised to be confident, caring, intelligent and an all around good person. Anyone that picks her apart does it for political reasons to hurt Hillary because she certainly does not deserve it. She has the right to support and campaign for any candidate she wants, as does anyone supporting any other candidate, without the media picking at her bones. If the Obama people feel they have to take Chelsea on personally in Hawaii because she disagrees with them, shame on them, that is stooping pretty low and a good indication of just how vicious and desperate they really are.

    February 16, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. aware

    Aloha and welcome to Hawaii Chelsea!

    We Americans are rugged individuals with minds of our own and the energy to dialogue/debate creatively to bring about justice for all!

    Peace will never come without justice no matter how sweet the rhetoric.

    Hillary the HOPE of 08

    February 16, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. wastonf

    ho well! chelsea was always off limitt to people , but here goes the clintons , i do wish she lose.

    February 16, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Trev

    She has done well in the areas where she has campaigned. It is fine to subject her to more scrutiny. It is the attacks that go to far. I don't hear anyone in the media saying ANYTHING close to this bad about Obama or any of his family. Hillary has solutions and Chelsea is telling people about them.

    Hillary 08

    February 16, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  14. Michael

    I think it is reasonable to expect Chelsea to be a part of the Clinton campaign. As for media coverage, the press should maintain levels of professionalism towards her. However, I do think that she opens herself to fair criticism if she misspeaks or misrepresents issues or other candidates.

    At this stage of the game, it seems that the Clintons are desperately (and collectively) working hard to save their campaign. If Cheslea engages in negative attacks in similar fashion as Bill and Hillary, then she (like Bill and Hillary) should be prepared to receive open criticism as well.

    February 16, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. wastonf

    i wish hillary lose , i am tired of them their record is great but i cant stand a fighting losser i wish she could agree to be the VP and stop the bitterness , if she become the nominee i will not vote for the DNC i will go GOP and all our groups enough is enough ,hillary. We love Bill ,but hillary no !

    February 16, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  16. DAM

    How about alittle pressure on Obama. Oh wait, CNN already has endorsed Obama with a free ride

    February 16, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. Viki

    “The former first daughter always has been off-limits to the media, especially while she was growing up in the White House.” – As I remember media always was after Chelsea how awkward she was as teenager, who she was dating, where she was going. Media is always happy to dig some dirt. Unfortunately for media, Chelsea grown up to be well balanced well educated, down to earth young woman. There is nothing wrong with her desire to help her mom’s campaign.

    February 16, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. lsawyer

    She's 28. Why is she off limits? I can understand why her mom wants her to help her win but does'nt want her challenged. .. but what's the press's excuse?

    February 16, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Joan

    She isnt crazy. Watching how you unduly and disproportionately excoriate her mother and not mention her dad, why would she open herself to the press?

    February 16, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. ynot19

    You cannot have it both ways... Your daughter campiagns aggressively for you but no one can talk with her. I understand and totally agree with not bothering kids; however, when your daughter is 27 and is on the campaign trail daily you cannot expect a news reportor not to ask her a question.

    February 16, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. Jimmy McCosker

    Keep your head up little lady,your parents know what they are doing!!!! Your father is a good man, and a very great president,my opinion,one of the best since F.D.R.!!JUST KEEP ON SMILING, Sincerely J.L.McCosker. LOU,JACK,WOLF,ANDERSON GREAT REPORTING,THANKS!!

    February 16, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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