May 3rd, 2008
01:05 PM ET
6 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. fedup with obama /fl

    If stupidty was dumb most the above coments would finallist fo the nobel prize fo the most stubid comments and Obambo would have all ready been nomanated. At least most of the CLINTON supporters can write a blog with a understanding of what the are saying. PLEASE nominate someone that understands the need of the average american and has an understanding of how to get something accomplished. OBAMBO will spend all his time saying change. My question is what is he talking about?

    May 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Dan

    Why can't Hillary see that she is the Democratic version of Mike Huckabee? She has no way to win and by staying in this only waste time that could be spent attacking McCain. If she somehow gets the nomination, even though she is losing in all categories that count, the party is split and McCain will win easily. Back out now and encourage your follwers to back Obama.

    May 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    How many Blue Collar Mothers Have Blackberries?? Especially now, when they're husband's are out of a Job.

    Blackberries are for Elite types such as Hillary herself.
    Who is out of touch ??

    May 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. David, Paducah, Kentucky

    Its funny that anyone would be taking "mommy" advice from Hillary Clinton after she took her daughter into a war zone and subjected her to sniper fire.

    May 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Ricardo Williams

    For a small country, those people in Guam count real slow. I've been waiting forever for the results and they are still at 79%. Usually by now CNN would have projected Hilary as the winner. What's going on with her momentum. Is her momentum in reverse? Go Obama Go

    May 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Jane, NC

    The Clinton's have obviously done a fine job raising their own daughter. And she's right about giving your children your undivided attention.

    May 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Lene'

    Oh God! I can't believe some of these comments from the Hillary supporters. If that ain't calling the kettle black!

    May 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Julie

    Thank you ChicoSez., They take after Obama, no manners whatsoever. I still cant believe that a grown man running for president gave the sly finger to his female opponent. but remember the state of the union address, when he snubs her for all of us to see, and then lied about it , he has no shame.

    May 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Oregon Dem

    News Flash: Clinton drops out–MaCain wins

    May 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. fedup with obama /fl

    If stupidty was dumb most the above coments would finallist for the nobel prize for the most stupid comments and Obambo would have all ready been nomanated. At least most of the CLINTON supporters can write a blog with a understanding of what the are saying. PLEASE nominate someone that understands the need of the average american and has an understanding of how to get something accomplished. OBAMBO will spend all his time saying change. My question is what is he talking about?

    May 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Angela

    CNN,

    Why don't you write that Hillary got Boooooed last night in NC.

    Then say that 'Hillary LOOSING TOUCH WITH PEOPLE OF NC"

    May 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. KAT

    Quote " HONOR THY MOTHER & FATHER.

    FIRST THEY HAVE TO BE HONORABLE.-unquoote
    Shame on you 58 ols white ladies for Obama

    One honors there parents--period!!!!!!-how unfaithful you folks are.
    Unless you have parents who are murderers or rapist-they are your parents–have some faith in them
    How sis you bring you kids up???????

    May 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Obamaniac

    I Think CNN is being paid by HIllary. OR are they Smart and now the more they support her the longer this Mess goes on, and the more they have to talk about. COME ON CNN Where's OBAMA...BE FAIR...

    O Obama Just received 2 more ENDORSEMENTS...and Looks like we WON GUAM TOO!!!!

    Barackobama.com

    May 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Ricardo Williams

    These tickers are like the Democratic race. They're so tight you have to post anywhere you can squeeze a post in. Notice how they have safeguard McCain's Oil for War comment

    May 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. ben

    Parents, train your children in the way he/she should grow, when they grow up they will not depart from it. Chelsea is definitely heading for divorce, because I am sure the husband will not forgive her when she starts doing what daddy did. Grow up Hillary, you and bill are bad parents and should not teach parenting with blackberry

    May 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. S.J. Luby, Las Vegas

    I am one of the women Hillary has fought for and I have a lap top and a PDA. Blackberry sucks anyway. What's your point.

    I have a hard time understanding why my fellow Americans are even considering Obama. There is no question he is suave. But please that isn't going to pay the bills. You can't pay the bills if you can't close the deal.

    Yes this is about race because he would not be where he is otherwise and reliable sources publicly disclosed that the Wright problen would have blown this man out of the running had this been exposed 4 months ago.

    May 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Oh yeahh.. Let's all remember to spend some time dodging Sniper Fire together.

    And teach them how to Lie under pressure and always leave lots of 'wiggle room'
    in every answer that you give.

    Finally, if your Spouse is into cheating and performing sexual fantasies...check the bank balance..It could make everything ok.

    Good Luck kids !

    May 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. smart voters don't vote for hillary

    "fedup with obama /fl May 3rd, 2008 3:48 pm ET

    If stupidty was dumb most of the above remarks would and Obambo would have all ready been nomanated. At least most of the CLINTON supporters can write a blog with a understanding of what the are saying. PLEASE nominate someone that understands the need of the average american and has an understanding of how to get something accomplished. OBAMBO will spend all his time saying change. My question is what is he talking about?"

    If stupidty was dumb. good point.

    i understand you can't make a complete sentence. very hard to read.

    May 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. D Johnsona Los Angeles

    Well, what do you know? Mrs. Clinton has no idea that hard-working parents who sometimes were no collar at all defintely do not have Blackberries, expecially at home!

    This is the same person who when rationalizing about the siginificance the Superdelegates' decision will be (to give her the nomination): "The Deomocrats aren't smart enough to pick the Democratic Presidential Nominee, coo-coo-coo".

    I could have spit on her testicular face!

    May 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. virginia nielsen

    Bill cheated on her just because he never had a real woman at home and now she is trying to fullfil her greatest ambition that to become the president. What a shame !!! With all her millions she should bow out and let somebody young, intelligent and well educated like Senator Obama help this great nation to be rebuilt !!! OBAMA 2008-2012 !!!

    May 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. rl-OH

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

    While that is sound advice, I do not belive that had the time or
    the opportunity to do that while her daughter was a teenager.
    She was far too busy keeping track of her husbands trysts.

    May 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Maryland

    Hillary will not get my vote because she is against hope and her husband is from hope Arkansas.Lets go OBAMA.

    May 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Bixie

    Put down your Blackberry?? And this is a woman is "in touch" with average Americans??

    May 3, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. After further review,Texas

    Chelsea,raised with a golden spoon in her mouth.She seems to be a good person,shame she has Hillary for a mother.

    May 3, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. JRC

    What a wonderful role model. Teach your daughter to stay with a man that cheats over and over and over.

    May 3, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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