February 16th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
7 years ago

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. sny

    she is under pressure, her mother is using her to silence the reporter that she dosn't like and that is a pity, chelsea is a good girl , but their is a time that you grow and get independent. and love shouldn't be a presion. she is not injoing the spot lights so she should resist. otherweise she should be able to deal with consicuensses.

    February 16, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Cindy Mccain

    HILLARY RELEASE THOSE TAX RETURNS PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOU MOUTH IS

    VOTE MCCAIN= BUSH TAX CUTS

    February 16, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Donna

    What – The Daughter the MEDIA wasn’t allowed to report on, and has been REAL quiet about, is now being used for Political purposes – – -

    February 16, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. laura

    I was wondering when they would trot Chelsea out.The first Clinton presidency turned her upside down.She doesn't need part2& neither do we.No matter the problem I have with her parents,I have always liked her.

    February 16, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. Richie

    Clinton's claim to be a 'doer' rings hollow, given the lack of any kind of record of accomplishment. Voters seem to be catching on to this false advertising. Not unlike Giuliani, it seems that as voters get to know Clinton and Obama better, Clinton's numbers fall & Obama's numbers rise. I suppose her goal could be to suppress the Obama turnout, but thus far that strategy does not appear to be working. I suspect it won't. Her real challenge is to demonstrate an ability to lead. I don't know if an ad campaign thrown together in a couple days can accomplish such a feat – particularly given her lack of a record of such leadership*.

    * I don't count the healthcare thing in the 90s, because it wasn't successful

    February 16, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. keith

    Anybody who's ever stumped for a candidate has been questioned about their background and credentials for their position. Unless Chelsea's only reasons for endorsing Hillary is "She's my mom," she should expect to be drilled. She's an adult now and should be able to take it.

    February 16, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Betha

    Pretty sorry sight to have Chelsea on the trail...

    Clinton's always wanted to "protect" her... now she will be the focus of a lot of venom...

    It's truly a sign of desperation on the trail...

    February 16, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. TheLeftNut

    She's an adult. She has to ability to say "no" to her mother if she doesn't want to campaign for her.

    If she does campaign for mom, she's old enough and smart enough to know the consequences of doing so.

    Chelsea all grown up now– no more bubble.

    February 16, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Texasboo

    Her body language shows that Chelsea is not comfortable with the limelight and being put on the spot. IT's not her thing. She's not natural with public speaking or campaigning. I'm sorry but she is being pimped out for the "youth vote". The Clintons aren't stupid and ? why is Chelsea calling up superdelegates? I mean does she have that kind of pull to "sway superdelegates?

    Still waiting on those tax returns Sen. Clinton.

    February 16, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. joe

    Yeah – – like those two are real important reasons to support this wingnut

    February 16, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. Janet

    If Chelsea and her mom are going to put Chelsea out on the campaign trail, they've got to be open to the same harsh criticism/slander that the Clintons like to dish out to their opponents (Republicans & Democrats alike)

    February 16, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. California Voter

    How about scrutinizing Michele Obama for a change??????

    February 16, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Loila

    Chelsea need to talk to the Media Or to Stop Campaigning.

    February 16, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. v.ananthan

    CHELSEA HAS THE RIGHT TO CAMPAIGN FOR HER CANDIDATE LIKE OPRAH AND THE KENNEDYS AND ....

    CHELCEA HASN^T DONE ANYTHING "LIKE OBAMA" IN THE PAST YEARS , SO THERE IS NOTHING TO CRITICIZE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SO GOOD SPEECHES FROM CHELSEA MAY DO..(LIKE FOR OBAMA)...

    GO CHELCEA GO HILLARY..................

    February 16, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. jvii

    Chelsea, having spent 8 years in the White House, annnouces she is going to run for President of the USA in 2008 if OBAMA beats her mom.

    February 16, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Hillary all the way!

    Hillary and Bill,

    You have been great parents! I hope my daughter grows up as nice, smart and accomplished as Chelsea!

    Hillary all the Way!

    February 16, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Christine, NJ

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Chelsea is on the campaign trail giving speeches but the press can't speak to her? I'd get it if she were 14 years old, but this is a grown 28 year old woman. If she's press-shy and can't stand the spot light, stay at home. Hillary and Bill, if your daughter can't stand media attention, stop exploiting her!!!

    February 16, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Waiting for Miracles

    Chelsea is a private citizen, as a daughter it is within her right to campaign for her mother; that doesn't remove the fact she is still a private citizen, cannot be pressured to talk to the media or grant interview if she doesn't want to.

    February 16, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. Bill Laxton

    If she's going to campaign for her mother, then she will ipso facto burst the bubble herself. But that of that? Should it bother her or damage Hilary's campaign in the slightest?

    February 16, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Frank

    She is campaigning ... why would she be 'off limit' ???

    I guess it's one of these Billary rules that change as needed.

    February 16, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    WHY IS CNN STOPING COMMENTS ON STORIES NEGATIVE TO OBAMA ?

    ONE STORY HAS ONLY ONE COMMENT AND CNN STOPPED ACCEPTING COMMENTS.

    COME ON CNN YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE THE BEARER OF NEWS NOT THE SHAPER OF NEWS.

    I WONDER WILL THIS GET ON YOUR BLOG?

    February 16, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. ernestine

    i really think she wishes her mother would lose , because she is just tired of her parents political ambitions . she doesnt appear to be truly engaged in the campaign . it more like as arranged marriage. there is "no other choice" it must be tuff to be an only child .

    February 16, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. Unemployed Citizen

    She must be very proud of her Mom, as her Mom must be so proud of Chelsea.

    It's not easy to be in the public spotlight, with all the press, and Chelsea is doing a wonderful job!

    Hillary Clinton 08

    February 16, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. Tom,des moines

    Chelsea,keep on fighting for your mom and your country.

    February 16, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    You can't have your cake and eat it. Chelsea is available for politics but not available for political scrutiny? Bill throws up unfavourable remarks about African-American leaders like Jesse Jackson and then attends church with African-Amercans when the heat is on? Florida and Michigan was not counted when it didn't matter, and now they should be counted when it matters? Thanking voters in states won, but giving voters the cold shoulder in states lost? Blaming Obama for your losses ('Obama's ignoring my White House legacy') instead of blaming yourself? Claiming achievements when Bill was president as yours? It is a sad state of affairs in Hillaryland.

    February 16, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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