May 14th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Navy denies Chelsea Clinton access to former firing range

Chelsea Clinton has been campaigning for her mom in Puerto Rico since Tuesday.
Chelsea Clinton has been campaigning for her mom in Puerto Rico since Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Navy denied Chelsea Clinton access to a former firing range in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, Navy officials said.

The Navy rejected the request because U.S. law forbids campaigning on federal property and because the Navy allows only people clearing the Vieques range of ordinance to enter the area, the officials said. They said they did not know what Clinton planned to do there.

The U.S. Navy used the long-controversial Vieques range - the majority of the island of Vieques - for bombing and artillery practice until May of 2003. It was the target of frequent protests by Puerto Ricans who objected to its use. It is now federal property being cleaned of unexploded ordnance.

Clinton - who has been campaigning for her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton - is in the U.S. territory ahead of its June 1 primary. It is the largest prize left for the Democratic candidates.

Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, is also due to campaign there.


Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. GCG - Austin, TX

    I KNOW, SHE WANTED TO RE-ENACT THE LANDING IN BOSNIA!!!

    May 14, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Ann

    Chelsea probably cried, then called Mommy to complain.

    May 14, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. R

    just be safe

    May 14, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Peter, SD

    Great, now if we can figure out how to ban her from the campaigning off federal property.

    Just kidding, they can campaign until the cows come home, I'm still voting for Obama.

    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. An Agnostic Democrat

    A Clinton trying to be an exception to the rules? How unusual ... NOT!

    May 14, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Dell, SD

    May 14th, 2008 2:00 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Great, now if we can figure out how to ban her from campaigning off federal property.

    Just kidding, they can campaign until the cows come home, I'm still voting for Obama.

    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The Navy told her, "It's none of your business!!" :)

    May 14, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Pam

    Where's the article about the super delegates Obama picked up today?

    May 14, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Marva, MT

    Wow Hillary, Congrats on winning West Virginia. Maybe they will coronate you and make you queen.

    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. RON

    ha ha ha thats funny

    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. skyjuice

    ACCESS DENIED !!! ...lol

    May 14, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Ron, TX

    I'm sure the Clinton campaign KNEW that she wouldn't be allowed on. Her being denied entrance would generate buzz, and since it's controversial among Puerto Ricans, give Hillary some positive news in the territory.

    May 14, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. USAF Sr. Airman

    Good. She has no reason to be there. I don't care if you're the daughter of a former president. You can't just go wherever you please.

    May 14, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Bob

    A Clinton has been denied use of something?...Stop the presses – this is real news...Come on CNN, who really cares?

    May 14, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. soothsayer

    What's this the Clinton's expecting preferential treatment ? How unlike them.

    May 14, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. DUVALCOUNTYMAYOR

    And exactly what has Chelsea done to help her fellow mankind? The Clintons seemingly are professional, state-raised, elitist! I welcome every one's help, but Hillary is like a ugly sister who wants to go out with your best friend! Yuck!

    May 14, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. norvef

    bwahahahaa!!!! haaa!!1
    she probably wants to prove that she can hold and shot a gun.

    May 14, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. John

    Why would the Clinton's even ask do they not know that U.S. law forbids campaigning on federal property. Do they think they are special and above US laws?

    May 14, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. bill in nyc

    CNN...can you please post NEWS on the ticker???...no sign of any superdelegate pickups today?! this network is becoming such a joke...

    May 14, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Ellie

    Wow.... the Clintons really honestly think they can "walk" on water. To think that they can just do anything, say anything and go any where and the flood gates would just "open" for them is unbelievable!!

    GOOD to know that the Navy upheld the RULES even if the Clintons don't know what "following the RULES" means.

    Amen.

    May 14, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Gerry

    The Navy made the right decision. There is absolutely no need to create another sniper fire incident.

    May 14, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. gerald strother

    CCN WHO GIVE DAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Boston for Obama

    Starting more trouble Chelsea?

    May 14, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Paul

    Hillary you are the best candidate, let those who call themselves educated supporters (who have been brainwashed by Obama and Wright) say whatever they want.
    You are better than that

    Hillary 08

    Yes she will!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. truthurts

    why would she want to go there? They are trying way too hard. Spend less and leave with grace...

    May 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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