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. Ain't That A Shame!!!

    Obviously they didn't know who her parents were???? She is just like her mom and dad...think they can do anything they want. Just another example of the stupidity of the family...My god we would have three Clintons in the White House...Can you think of anything more ridiculous or harrowing....

    Go Mr. "O"

    May 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Proud 26% in WV

    Way to go Navy .Was there any sniper-fire involved?

    May 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Obama 08

    If Clinton wasn't ahead in this terrotority which can't even vote in the election, what are the odds she would be saying the delegates shouldn't count??

    May 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Mark Anthony

    Didn't she or her people know they would be denied access before they went? Typical just want to bend the rules in their favor.

    May 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Eke, Greenville

    I guess she forgot as usual, that she is no longer the first daughter.

    May 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. sheryl

    So, if there is no one there what is the big deal what did she expect not to be stopped? Oh right she is after all a Clinton. Now where is the news regarding Senator Obama's Super delegates picked up today?

    May 14, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. AJ, IL

    Funny, GCG – Austin, TX ...I could see Chelsea "running down the tarmac now"!

    May 14, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. What?

    Why was she even trying to go there? I cant imagine that a former firing range is a big population center... The Clinton campaign needs to use their meager remaining funds to pay off their debts, not to give Chelsea an all expenses paid trip to Puerto Rico

    May 14, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Oh NO....

    Do you think Chelsea will be running in 2016 after Obama leaves office. They think they can go and do anything they want. She is as bad as mommy dearest.

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

    Looks like Clinton and Base are BOTH our of Ammo!

    May 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Will of KY

    Its OK Chelsea. The Navy is just concerned for your safety. Hillary is still going to beat the crap out of Obama in PR.

    May 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. SCM DC

    Good one, GCG-Austin, TX!! LOL!!

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

    (super delegates Obama picked UP)

    Democratic Victory May Be a Bellwether
    GOP Loses House Seat in Mississippi

    0

    GOP Loses House Seat in Mississippi

    May 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Rob

    The Clinton's are such a good family. I trust all of them and hope they can run the country again. I would look forward to have all three in the white house. Bill, then Hillary, then Chelsea. They would do wonders for America. I fear if Obama gets into the white house, America will fall further than it already has. Best of luck to Hillary in the next races. Super delegates please realize without Hillary we will have another republican! Start backing her now before its too late. Obama is a mistake. Please realize it before its too late!

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

    Shoot em up Chelsea!!! Shoot em up!! LOL!!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. PANDER PANDER

    Looks like the Clintons and the base are BOTH out of Ammo!!

    May 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Rules are rules, you know. You would think Hillary would have known campaigning on any federal property is against the law.

    May 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Zoey

    Since they were under fire in Bosina, Chelsea wanted to get more practice at the firing range.

    May 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Eddie G

    Darn, part of her vacation to PR was ruined.

    May 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Freida NYC

    Enough! I am so tired of the Obamaniacs accusing Hillary supporters of being "uneducated, low-income, gun holders" etc.. I am an educated female with a PHD in nursing, making a six figure salary and I support Hillary 150%. I will NOT under any circumstances vote for Obama in the general if he is our dem nominee period...end of story!I!!

    Hillary 08/12.

    May 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. DELMARVA

    Somebody tell me what is the point of going to Vieques island. Do any non-military citizens even live there?

    May 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Tired of all the Clintons Flap

    OH, how gutsy for Chelsea to want to disregard the laws and enter the firing range on U.S. federal property. She can do this but she cannot answer a question on the campaign trail regarding her father's presidency affair with Monica Lewinsky? How vain can you get? Poor Chelsea, get off of the campaign trail and persuade your mother and father to do the same so we can get on with this fall's election.

    May 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. TEXAN

    Good for the Navy, who does she think she is?

    HRC=LIES, DESCEPTION, SCANDALS, CORRUPTION, UNTRUTHFUL, CRIMINAL PARDONS and NAIVE

    OBAMA Cannot select her as his VP.

    May 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. will goodwin

    DON'T TELL US.......SHOW US !!

    Democrats don't tell us that your party will unite,,,,rather show us that in the interst of the country you are united and unanimously declare that Florida and Michigan is worthy of a revote...and not some concocted formula solution that will make them look like IMBECILES.

    THE MATH OF HONOR.......is.....50 !!! Yes you can.....

    May 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Sandy

    I don't get the point of the story here. Chelsea Clinton asked the Navy for permission to visit a firing range? Why are there no more details than that? What's the story there?

    May 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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