May 3rd, 2008
01:05 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton: Put down the Blackberry at home

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Sen. Hillary Clinton participates in the MomLogic.com broadcast in North Carolina, Saturday.
Sen. Hillary Clinton participates in the MomLogic.com broadcast in North Carolina, Saturday.

CARY, North Carolina (CNN) - There’s no escaping politics four days before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries. But before a targeted women’s audience in an online town hall Saturday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tried to play up her parental side.

Asked about advice on raising teenagers, Clinton told the audience it’s the quality of time with your children that matters.

In the MomLogic.com forum, she said, “be there when you’re there with them. It’s easy to be looking at your Blackberry, to be on the cell phone, to be distracted. Somehow you have to create the space and time.”

Clinton said it’s important that children “really, really know you they have your undivided attention.”

Parenting advice is also a common part of candidate Barack Obama’s stump speech, often telling his audience how to help children in school.

She told the audience in a high school auditorium and online that it's important to pick your battles with children, saying she chose not to fight with Chelsea Clinton when she showed up to President Clinton's second inauguration in a skirt she thought was way too short."

CNN’s Alexander Marquardt, traveling with the Clinton campaign, said she drew laughs talking about raising Chelsea in the White House.

Clinton said that meant “the Secret Service went on her dates. A lot of her girlfriends’ mothers liked when they double-dated, because there was a guy with a gun in the front seat.”

Chelsea returns to North Carolina to campaign Sunday. She was spotted Saturday afternoon at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.


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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    OH HOW WONDERFUL.

    CHELSEA IS BACK, NOT TO ANSWER ANOTHER

    QUESTION ON CLINTON DIRTY DIARIES.

    May 3, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    HONOR THY MOTHER & FATHER.

    FIRST THEY HAVE TO BE HONORABLE.

    May 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. OBAMA 4 President

    CNN Get your act together, you're reporting the results incorrectly. Results are as follows on 5/3/08:

    OBAMA: 1747 = 1493 pledged delegates + 254 superdelegates.
    CLINTON: 1607 = 1333 pledged delegates + 274 superdelegates.

    CLINTON IS BEHIND by 140 total dels, GET OVER IT!!!!

    OBAMA NEEDS 278 additional dels to win
    CLINTON needs 418 additional dels to win

    CNN publish this to give the people accurate information to make good decisions

    May 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Mike

    Senator Clinton, you have a GREAT sense of humor!

    We will ALL be laughing when you kick O'bum bum to the curb!

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. NOT YET COMMITED

    CNN, Obama is not on the campaign trail today or it is all about Hillary? by the way, why is no one talking about how her support in NC was booed yesterdayduring dinner?

    May 3, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. David Goldman for OBAMA

    WONDER WHAT SHE THINKS LYING TO THE ENTIRE

    NATION BY BOTH PARENTS DOES TO A CHILD?

    IF I HAD TO GUESS, NOT GOOD.

    May 3, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. NOT YET COMMITED

    The women Clinton is supposed to be fighting for dont even have the Blackberries. Is she being an elitist? does she know that the no college white blue collar workers are never at home because they cannot afford to be at home and look at blackberries?

    May 3, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. McShame

    i dont want her in the W.H again,

    she will start another war w/ Iran.

    shame on her.

    May 3, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. silence do-good

    OK – we have seen a sweet story about Obama's family ("picnic" story). His fans said rightly so, that it makes a nice family image.

    Now we have a positive story about Hillary talking about family – sounds like balanced reporting.

    To see if there is sexism still out there let's wait and see if the Obama cult will be filling these comments with name calling and hateful things....

    May 3, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. marty in Indiana

    Wait a minute. Wasn't it Hillary who mockingly said she "could have stayed home and baked cookies" but she chose instead to become a lawyer. And now she is giving advice about parenting skills? Something is wrong with this picture! Also as I recall... she used to tell us that it takes a "village to raise a family" and I recall how incensed and outragged the Christian community was back when Bill was President... how outragged we were that Hillary didn't think Christians could and should be allowed to raise a family by itself... in other words the government should help us raise our kids. How quickly we forget how much people used to hate Hillary and now women just love her. Go figure... how soon we forget! Well you won't foget if she becomes President and she won't let Christians teach values to our children.

    May 3, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Sistah

    Advice on raising a teenager:

    When Daddy cheats in the White House, make him campaign for you!

    May 3, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. applecrispbetty

    One kid, big deal. I've got four. My mom had eight. We don't need lessons from Clinton.

    May 3, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Carmen

    I've been serving our great country for 23 years and am very proud. Today, however, I break down to my knees with such disappointment. Senator Obama represents the core values of a leader. Integrity, honor,personal courage, morals, selfless service, respect, and loyalty. Coupled with his great wisdom, intelligence and sound judgment, there's hope for our nation which is unraveling. We have been blessed with the thread that can mend us. Senator Obama is that thread. Stop living with hatred, bigotry and racism...however masked it is. We are African American, Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian. ONE.

    May 3, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Steve from Castle Rock, CO

    Oh, yes. The Clintons have been role models for our teenagers for year. From infidelity to lying (remember, he was disbarred and impeached for lying. She lied about her trip to Serbia) to making questionable profits in the commodities market to looting the white house as they left. This is who I want to be a role model for America's children!

    May 3, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. ITS NOT 3AM, PLEASE WAKE UP!

    I THINK HE WILL WIN GUAM THEN HILLARY CLINTON WILL SAME SOMETHING NAGATIVE ABOUT IT AND SO WILL WOLF,CANDY,LOU,ANDERSON,BUT NOT MY MAN JACK

    CNN PLEASE REPORT PAUL VS CLINTON

    May 3, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Chic

    What's the story here?????????????????????????

    May 3, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Unfair politics and media

    Why is CNN is favoritizing Clinton?

    Every headline for Obama is worded negatively, while Clinton's is positive. Heck! They've even put rev.Wright back on the front page of the politics section, digging up dirt that has just settled. In the wake of Tuesday's elections-perfect timing.

    Who is paying you to do this CNN?

    May 3, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. vic nashville,Tn

    I know him 20 years but I didn’t understand what he say
    Now I understood because I am running for President
    I don’t know what Obama is thinking
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    May 3, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Jim

    To Hillary: Stay home and bake some cookies

    May 3, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. John Smith

    Thank you for refusing to post facts

    May 3, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. McShame

    TO Americans;

    National Environmental Group Endorses Barack Obama for President

    May 3, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Rick

    Hillary is my Panderer-in-Chief.

    May 3, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Brian D Alger II

    She had the state of Arkansas pay for a nanny for Chelsea in the governors mansion; a charge that is not recognized as an effective use of tax payer dollars, and not putting down their political career to take care of her daughter was never a concern. Sounds like pandering to me.

    May 3, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Penny

    Clinton changes her message depending on where she is at. Why not have a consistent message with voters. What expert supports the tax gas holiday? Did you have a SHELL expert explain the reason how this could help the people????

    May 3, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Billy from FL

    If it's any indication of how Clinton will run the country, just look

    at Chelsea. The perfect young lady that any parent would be

    proud of. I can see it all now, Obama's kids running around the

    white house chanting Rap music.

    May 3, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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