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. Lucky

    Go McCain!

    May 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Brendan H.

    The Navy denied a "request" not a demand!

    At least she asked.

    Can you imagine how the Bush Twins would have handled this? I bet a beer bong would have been involved!

    May 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Peter


    HILLARY 08

    May 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Harry From Montreal

    I think the Clintons are grooming Chelsea for the presidential bid 8 years from now. Chelsea will be using her childhood experience of the WhiteHouse, dodging bullets in Kosovo as a teenager and as an adult campaigning for her mother and of course trying to use the Navy visit as " Mission Accomplished" to be eligible for President in 8 years. She would say she has life long experience and should be the next president. She should join the Navy as other young women of her age.

    May 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Annie Oakely 2nd?

    May 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Marc PDX

    WOULDN'T IT BE FUNNY... if someday Hillary found herself campaigning for Chelsea (obviously Chelsea is in training for politics). And wouldn't it be really funny if Chelsea became the first female president and Hillary didn't. No one has ever wanted (or expected) to be president more than Hillary Clinton and it would be so ironic if she was the ONLY Clinton to never be one! Perfect!!

    May 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    What...they denied her the chance to come up with her own "sniper fire" story? The nerve of some people!

    May 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Juan from L.A.

    Ron from TX you're exactly right. These witches are good. Of course they knew the Navy under federal law would deny them to do so. Why in the world wouldn't they campaign in bases here in the States, and likewise would generate buzz among Boricuas who are against Viques.

    Like mother like daughter. In 20 years she will say she is qualified for President just because she campaign for her mother and visited the 50 states or how she claimes the 1000 colleges. But when the questioning got hard like the Lewinsky, the horns came out just like her mom and pop.

    May 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Vicki NH

    Most Obama supporters are hateful and act like they are watching a sporting event. Selecting the next President of the United States is serious business. Use your supposed education and start thinking.

    May 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. J.S.

    Who Knows? Maybe Dick Cheney was there.... If so, good move by the USN.

    May 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. David

    oh, are switzerland and canada leaders of the free world?

    May 14, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. MJ, NYC

    I'm sure that their only intent was to protect her from sniper fire be it imaginary or real

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Joyce

    If it's so unimportant, why is Michelle there?

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. tigerakabj

    Thank you Navy. The Clintons think they can do whatever they want to do, when they want to do it, and how they want to do it.

    Just b/c you's a Clinton does not make you above the law.

    May 14, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Mary G

    I would imagine Chelsea heard about the prolonged bombardment of Vieques and wanted to see the affected area. Vieques is one of the islands that makes up Puerto Rico, a U.S. possession. The U.S. Navy shelled a large portion of the island after forcing those living there to retreat to the other side of the island. President Clinton halted the bombings. The clean-up of unexploded ordinance continues to this day. Amazingly, about half the people of Puerto Rico hope that their islands become a U.S. state. Perhaps their thinking is that the U.S. government would not treat a state as miserably as they've demonstrated they would treat a possession.

    BTW, either Democratic candidate would be fine by me. I'm convinced that they both have America's interests at heart and would do a commendable job as commander-in-chief. In other words, neither one of them disgusts, angers, or scares me, but some of you bloggers sure do. Gee, how does it go? Do you get on the Ticker, spew some venom, and then go mow your lawns, make lunch, or finish a task at the office? Just wondering.

    May 14, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. michael

    I've never seen so many ignorant comments on one site as I have on this one.

    May 14, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Karlie

    I have to agree with Chris. I'm a retired white woman who, after getting over the idea that a woman in the White House would be nice, did my homework and and now support Sen. Obama. He has detailed plans every bit as good as Sen. Clinton's. His experience isn't in the U.S. Senate, but at the state level. But that's actually better. He isn't part of the Washington "establishment," but he has seen the corruption first hand in his short time there. His health care plan is, in my opinion, even better than Hillary's....universal coverage with choices. People can stay in their employer-funded insurance plans, if they wish, and the employers will have a much easier time funding them (translated: lower insurance costs that way). Or, people can have several other plans instead. Everyone will be covered. Read the's only fifteen pages, and the Q & A is good too. That explains how the plan will help employers and the self-employed.

    It saddens me that some Clinton supporters keep saying we blindly support Sen. Obama. I think both candidates have some supporters who read up on all the issues and can discuss them in depth. But they also have supporters who are excited about their candidate yet aren't all that well informed. What's new about that? But do we have to resort to name-calling and hateful comments?

    No self-respecting Democrat would vote for a Republican just because they're angry that their favorite didn't become the Democratic nominee. All of us want our own candidate to win, but the issues are far too serious to get all pouty about this. If people know the issues of the Democratic candidates and of John McCain, they'd vote Democratic. (Unless they were McCain supporters all along anyway.)

    May 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Ken

    I think that Michelle Obama should stay in IL! She is only proud to be American because her spouse is running for President. I wondering how she will feel when Borack Hussein loses to Hillary Clinton at the convention? I sure DO NOT want her as "1st Lady"!

    After reading some of the comments here, it sounds like Obama is drawing a lot of "Blind", Ugly, stupid people along with him. It is a shame that Obama supporters CAN NOT be civil in this race for the White House.

    Besides that, Obama WILL NOT be able to beat McCain in November. Even having McCain as President is a whole lot better than having Obama as President. He would be a "Rookie" "OJT" President. And it would end up being worse that having "Bush" serve a third term!

    May 14, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles


    Can Dems & Repugs Unite?

    Yes WE CAN..!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Ben

    Poor one told her..But one can ask her anything freely!

    May 14, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. ted

    oK Sue, so who is the leader of the free world anyway?

    May 14, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Charlotte

    Obama can win all the primaries, he will not win the general. I am sure he will fall like Dukakis,Kerry etc. He is too liberal for us Reagan Democrats, who vote for the person rather than the party. We tend to be blue collar white people, who work hard and did not go to college. I am glad to hear all the blacks went to college and make loads of money. We should have more money in the states with that major improvement. Could Obama be pandering with the flag pin? Nah, he is above that.

    May 14, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. RB

    Frankly, for all of you HRC supporters who won't vote for Obama when he's the nominee, that's fine with me. I'm content to know that the democratic party chose not to back a lying, cheating, stealing, crook like HRC. If Obama loses in Nov, it will only seal the deal that HRC will NEVER, EVER be the democratic nominee. I'm just peachy with that too! I'm glad her hatefulness will come back to her.

    May 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    I hope the "Hard Working People...White people; keep working hard paying of the campaign debts of Hillary Rotten Klinton..

    kackle cakle tee hee giggle grin:) $20 Million +

    Oh U mean thats why she is staying in?? duhh....

    May 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. Michelle

    Hey truthurts

    why would she want to go there? They are trying way too hard. Spend less and leave with graceā€¦
    For the same reason Michelle Obama went there (pander) stupid question huh!! You Obama supporters really educated so they say.
    truthhurts did you hide Obama at your house last night. He does not have the guts and face why he lost yesterday. He like to ingore the his problems.
    Crap like this is why Hillary supporters will not vote for your lord, even if she tells us too. Funny thing is he needs her supporters in November. That is when you Obama supporters are going to beg!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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