May 14th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
7 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. sherrie50

    Obama supporters have been

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

    What a joke, I've never seen such selfish people. Hey, instead of photo opts for her mom's lost cause, why doesn't she go help the Red Cross for the suffering in China or something. She's no better than the Bush kids. Our tax dollars helped support her life style while growing up, and now she's just another spoiled rich kid.

    I can't wait until the day Hillary won't be able to get up, put on a pantsuit and lie to the American people.

    May 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Boston for Obama

    Ditto Pam

    May 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. James

    CNN, please report the super delegates that Obama picked up today.

    May 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Rodriguez from NY

    This is all a political move by Chelsea. She knows how the Puerto Ricans didn't like the idea of how the navy was using their lands. She's out to get symphaty votes. We're not buying it.

    May 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Sue

    The military hates Hillary for sending them off to war and killing them. How does she sleep at night? She didn't care that our people would be killed. She voted for it anyway.

    Hillary, please retire.. to some island somewhere where we never have to see your face again !

    May 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. proud army and navy mom

    Love it, i hope it was my Navy son who actually did the denying, that would be priceless!

    May 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. If not Hillary....then McCain

    Obama was right about "bitterness". However the bitterness comes from his ignorant supporters. People, please at least try to sound as educated as the MSM claims you are.

    If "educated" is too high a bar for you, maybe you could try to sound mature.

    Either way, it seems to be a stretch for the Obamabloggers to sound informed.

    May 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Fly Boy

    Chelsea was going to do a documentary of her Mom and reinact the Bosnian Snyper Attack her Mom (HilLIAR) had to endure.

    Or they are so broke they needed some FREE press.

    Time to hang up the Pant suite and go home to Bill.

    Obama '08/'12

    May 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Dal CA Republican

    Follow the rules is the MO here. Navy will not forget those rules. Clintons know the rules but they like to toss the rules out into the trash for their benefit.
    Clinton babe could have stepped on an ammunition used some time ago and died creating problems for the NAVY.
    May be she wanted to become the commander in chief before her momma became one.

    May 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. mike

    Cnn is pro-clinton ,I was wondering how they did not say anything about obama's two superdelegates pick up from the morning..

    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Nancy

    I think Barack has 285 superdelegates now. Where is that article CNN. Who cares about Chelsea vacationing in PR.

    May 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Jason

    You Obama people are sickening and it just shows you want the country to go down the tubes! I am a diehard Democrat, but my party has left me and gone back to its losing ways of the 70's and 80's. Remember the only Dem. to win 2 terms since the great FDR is Bill Clinton and if BHO gets in it will be another 60 years until the next Dem gets 2 terms if the party even exists. I am so sad for our country. I will write in HRC in November!

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

    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 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Sharon in Georgia

    BO supporters are horribly mean-spirited and very childish.....if this is what happens to Americans after they follow him, I'll stay far away, thanks....

    Why does he run away from difficult things so much?
    He runs from tough votes in the senate.....
    He runs from tough debates with Hillary...
    He runs to the Virgin Islands for "rest".....
    He runs away from reporters after "8" questions....
    He runs away from West Virginia b/c he feels he can't win....
    He runs from MI and FL voters......
    And he wants to be leader of the free world? I don't think you can run from that....

    May 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. vic nashville,Tn

    Good Child working hard for mom
    If Hillary is not a nominee we will vote for Mc Cain

    May 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. White/female/age 55/Texan

    Wouldn't you think they would have all of her destinations and plans thoroughly mapped out and checked out? More poor planning.

    And yes, where is the report on Baracks four new SDs, today??

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

    there is really nothing constructive about these blogs, most of you people sound like teeny boppers going nanannybooboo. Nothing intelligent is being said in response to these articles, which also apparently means your votes don't come from an intelligent place.
    Educated NC Female, making way more than 50K per year, for HILLARY!!

    May 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Anna

    College Democrats President and Vice President endorsed Obama today.
    Both are superdelgates.

    May 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. silence do good

    Oh, but Obama CAN campaign in the capitol building in Wash DC where it is also not allowed?

    He lied of course and said he was just "saying Hi" as I recall – with full press corps tag-alongs.

    Just another example of how lying and slick politics comes so easy to Obama. People don't even notice. I am not clear how this is the "change" politician.

    "Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, is also due to campaign there." Any bets on whether she will get in? Waiting for the other hypocracy shoe to fall......

    May 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. 60 year old white female, Mo

    NO is NO, Law is law, Rules are rules... The Clinton want to change everything and want exeption for them... Chelsea asked your Mom to get out of the race...!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. spencer

    When running for president, I think campaigning should be allowed anywhere except in churches...Seperation of church and state....

    May 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Jeno

    Hey!! If her mom claims to be so experienced on military and foreign issues, then tell us why and how she did not know this (mommy hillary)? As well as her tired daddy (billy).

    May 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Jeff

    I heard Cheney and the navy extended an invitation to Hillary to visit the new firing range, though :)

    May 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Debbie,NJ

    Like mother like daughter, trying to break the rules.

    May 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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