May 14th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
10 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. Oxun

    WELL just about time for people, agencies, and the whole country to finally stand up against the dynasty.......
    what about that? someone is willing to say no to them,

    thank you US Navy, thank you,

    in you we trust as well.

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. NOT A HATER 08

    Carefull, Chelse. You might come under sniper attacks.

    Chelsea should get a real job, I forgot she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth just like her mommy. The Clintons are not different than the Bushes. Down with the elite.

    May 14, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Anita in NC

    It continues;
    this outright animosity;
    name calling;
    attacks of racism and
    "antipathy towards those unlike themselves"
    in the cause of political candidates.

    Are these the unifying ideas of CHANGE?

    May 14, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. MP-Pennsylvania

    For all the women who support Hillary<
    I am a woman. But I support for a candidate who can make a better place for our children and grand children and generations to coma. I would like to see a woman president. But not at the cost to the future generation.

    I admire the tenacy she has at this age. But still when I researched about her, being politically vigilant for many years, I understand that Hillary will take care of the future generation in her family, not ours.....

    May 14, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    In November, no doubt McCain will carry some states convincingly and lose in just as many others. Does anyone seriously think that the Republicans can carry California[eg.] no matter who the Deomcratic contender is and no matter who won it in the primary? Look at what is happening all over th country — the Repulbicans are losing long held safe seats to Democratic upstarts and new comers. This is a whole new time and mood. This November's election is wide open. Throw out all the historical demographics. Things are changing

    The supporters of the each candidate will vote for the eventual nominee of the Party in the General Election.
    Have people forgotten that Hukabee and Romney won some red states too. Does Anyone seriously think that because they beat McSain in those states, McSame will not carry those red States in November??

    Get real Hillary.. Its Over.
    Lou Dobbs could beat Mc Sain in November.

    America is not so racist as to volunteer for 4 more years of McBush just to spite a black candidate..
    Besides, if we should simply do whatever Hillary thinks is best for us..why even bother to conduct primaries?

    May 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. jr

    Maybe Hillary gave Chelsea some inside Intel that the Bosnian sniper was now know to be operating in that area. Chelsea's task should she have chosen to accept it was to let the sniper know that all was forgiven and to remind him to vote for her mother in the up coming Puerto Rican primary on June 1st.

    May 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Jack Walden

    Or maybe Dick Cheney was hunting there!

    May 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. peter in PA

    Clintons are grooming Chelsea for a political office...

    May 14, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    As a consolation prize, Dick Cheney offered to take her hunting! 🙂

    May 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. obama 08

    I think it 's hilarious that Clinton is trying to win the popular vote and thinks that winning Puerto Rico would somehow help make her case for the nomination. Puerto Rico can't even vote in the general election. Also, how can she claim she has solutions to our economic problems when her own campaign is $20 million in debt? She's not a fighter, she's a cheater and Terry McCauliff is a raving maniac. What does it tell you when her main demographic is uneducated people?

    May 14, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Leericists

    LOL !!! no special treatment for former first ldaughters that's right !

    May 14, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Willy

    She want to visit then join the Navy baby!

    May 14, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Susan Missouri


    Good job campaigning for your Mom!

    Keep it up 🙂

    May 14, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Jo Ann

    I am sure the Clinton's knew she would be denied access, this is just
    another way to the media to report on her. She and her mother need to go home. This is another example of the Clintons trying to do anything to win.

    May 14, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Doug R.

    Navy denies Chelsea Clinton access to former firing range...and our Supreme Court appointed President ignores and violates the rules, laws, and the Constitution (which I'm sure he can't even read) and does whatever he wants, especially lie to, mislead, and deceive law abiding citizens of ther United States.

    May 14, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Maxine + 1

    First she said the popular vote didn't count, when she was ahead, now the popular vote counts.
    Second she said FL and MI shouldn't count since they didn't follow the rules.
    Third she said the number to win is not 2025 but 2209.
    Fourth she needs more money Please
    Fifth, she didn't need the small states since they don't count. Now she needs ALL the states.
    Sixth she said she is here for all Americans, now she only needs the white, blue collar, uneducated.
    Seventh she is the canidate with the most experience, now she doesn't need to listen to economist, or and one else for that matter.
    Eighth she said Obama is unelectable, now oh he is a great person.
    How sad is this canidate……I loose more respect for her every day.
    Which is it Hillary, I am getting confused.

    May 14, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Charles in Florida

    I think its odd Puerto Rico, an American Commonwealth, has 55 delegates at stake which, is more than many of our states, including West Virginia. None of the 2 million Puerto Ricans can vote by law for President and Hillary wants their popular vote tally to count against Obama. Chelsea made a ploy to pander to the people there and lost. Hillary you can run, but you can't hide the fact you are losing and doing it in the worst way.

    May 14, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. fred

    LMAO This is a stupid story....why was she even out there???? Was she there to blow the place up??? If you are going to write the story CNN, at least get the details!!!


    IF Obama gets the nomination....WRITE IN HILLARY!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. R. Cooper

    I see - Hillary dodging sniper fire in Boznia, Chelsea dodging sniper fire in Puerto Rico. Great headlines!!

    May 14, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Freida NYC – I can understand your frustration with some of the Barack supporters and their comments. however, I hope that you can understand our frustrations with some of the Clinton supporters and their comments. both sides have gotten carried away at times.

    Bottom line, if Hillary's supporters are going to support McCain out of spite, they are doing more disservice to Hillary and our party than anything else. As a Barack supporter, I have been extremely offended by different comments made by Hillary herself in addition to her different surrogates and supporters. However, if she were to somehow win the nomination legally, I would vote for her over McCain any day. McCain represents a step backwards for the nation, not the type of progress or change that both Hillary and Barack would represent.

    May 14, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Bill in Illinois

    They were probably afraid that she would shoot herself in the foot just like her mom has done!

    You know – No toes Clinton, the fastest prevaricator in the West.

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |

    how stupir
    at least sonme one can still have guts to say hell no

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. New York

    The bombings stopped under the Bush administration, not under Bill Clinton. Clinton proposed a five year withdrawal plan only to appease Hillary. She only voiced an opinion to halt the bombing when she started her NY Senate race. New York has a large Puerto Rican community.
    These Clintons are UNBELIEVABLE (literally).

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Obama won

    i wonder who ted nugent is rooting for.

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. fred

    Chris, Middletown, CT, We sure don't need Anti-America, Anti-White, racist like Obama in the White House. Obama and Godzilla his wife need to go back to IL. I bet he won't win again there either!!!

    GO Hillary...if not Hillary then McCain!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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