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. Sissie in NC

    If not Hillary then McCain

    Kill yourself! Hurry and do it before November because boy are you going to be depressed when Obama wins the Presidency!

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

    just like a clinton....always sticking their head somewhere it don't belong !!!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Tom

    Anna May 14th, 2008 2:11 pm ET

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

    . More old white men

    May 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Molly Weasley

    See, what I don't understand is why a campaign that's more than $20 million in debt is sending Chelsea Clinton, who is on leave from her big six-figure-income job with a hedge fund, on all of these paid vacations. She went to Hawaii, now Puerto Rico.

    I'm not saying Hillary Clinton should drop out. But it would look a little better if they tried to rein in spending and pay some of the mom-and-pop vendors all over the country her campaign owes money to.

    May 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. charles

    great!! .

    May 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. MovingOn

    She applied the rules said no, why did someone even take the time to write this? I had pop tarts for breakfast, does anyone care?

    One thing that I do think important is all the Clinton supporters saying Obama supporters are being mean and should be nice to them. For every rude or hateful pro Obama supporter comment I can copy and paste one just as offensive from a Clinton supporter. The fact is this nomination has been very close and people are emotionally tied to their candidate. But the fact is the race is over and Clinton came close but Obama won by a nose. Disrespecting each other is simply immature and it's time for ALL Democrats to grow up and put the country first!

    May 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    Okay, sounds like someone is or was trying to make an underhanded political statement and gain ground. Nothing like trying to make a political statement at the expense of the Military. Just another political ploy. The NAVY has it under control. If you want to play soldier girl, then join the military, and above all stop playing games lil lady.

    May 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Dave

    so I see Chelsea is just as bad with math as her mother. give it up dear.

    May 14, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Joseph

    Puerto Rico is not going to be a good night for HRC. I think the polls and pundits are going to be WAYYYYY off on this one.

    May 14, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Beltway Insider

    Some more bizarre, puzzling behavior from a Clinton female. Wow, what a shocker.

    May 14, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Jeanne, San Diego

    The Clintons probably do think they are above the law and that the rules don't apply to them That's fairly clear from the way they're running their campaign.

    I'd like to know why the news media is reporting such insignificant events. The Clintons get more press coverage despite being the fact that they've lost. If they were any other candidate, they'd be written off, side-lined, and ignored by now. No one would call the win in WV a "crushing defeat". Come on now, it's a tiny state, with a tiny population, with a small demographic. It pales in comparison to Obama's win in North Carolina.

    The way the news is reported, you'd think all those hardworking, uneducated whites, making under 50K a year work for cable news.

    May 14, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Mikey

    Puerto Rico = Hillary's last hurrah!

    I was at a football game in West Virginia yeaterday. Late in the fourth quarter, team Hillary, down by 3 touchdowns, kicked a field goal.

    Their fans went wild and said they were going to win the game. LOL!

    May 14, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Peter Damoah-Afari

    The Clintons should know better. I hope Hillary supporters will not interprete this differently.

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

    I say rip the DNC apart, the left wing lata sipping elites needs to go. they think us working folks are not smart enough to vote anyway.

    May 14, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Let The Sideshow Begin...

    And Hillary will be ready to "lead" on day one. She can't even direct her daughter to a photo opt, let alone lead the country.

    O B A M A....please hurry up and win the nomination. We really need to end this circus.

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

    What was she up to? Was she going to make promises based on Vieques status? or promise to give some type of compensation to the people of Puerto Rico? Clinton's dont be surprised about Puerto Ricos people, they are well educated in your politics. This is not West Virginia! You might be short a win here.

    May 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. NoHillaryToTheWhiteHouse

    I have an idea may be we should let Hillary be the President and Chelsea V.P of West Virgina and Pennsilvania where all the old and uneducated white people live this would make Hillary fill improtant . Obama will take care of the remaining 48 States this way every body is happy.

    May 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Mike C.

    You guys are all what, 18, 19, 20 years old? Do you ever go back and read what you post? Thought HIS supporters were educated? Sounds like you're in elementary school picking on the girl in braces out on the playground. Grow up.

    May 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Bij- New York

    I find it funny that Clinton supporters are trying to "bully" their candidate into the nomination with threats like "we'll vote for mccain if obama is the nominee..." do just that and watch the next four years of america's life go down the economic drain!
    P.S: I love Roland Martin and David Gur....(I can't spell his name)...just thought I'd give them a shout out!...and I love Erica Hill! she's the future of CNN!...oh and Ticker is ticking me off today!...where's the juicy news peeps?!

    May 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Chicago for HILLARY !!!

    Oh !!!! People, what 's wrong about All of You Obamamaniaks !!!!!
    Please be smart ans stop reacting like a child !!!!
    Obama is childisch, that's far away to be grown !!!!
    All of You , very naive !!!!
    If not HILLARY!!!!!, then McCain will be Our next President !!!!
    NO !!!!! TO !!!!!! Obama
    VOTE !!!!!!! FOR !!!!!!! HILLARY !!!!!!
    She is the strongest and smart, experienced to help Us to live in THIS COUNTRY.
    HILLARY 2008 !!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Karen

    Does Clinton think that this navy base is her backyard? Does not she know the federal law? I thought she's ready to be the president on day one.

    May 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Dem

    Let me help CNN with some news


    Obama picks up two super delegates after an impressive win by Hilary in W V. it This is an indication that no matter what happens in the remianing contest, Obama has already locked up the nomination. Hilary is merely looking for a smooth exit stratergy.

    May 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. LucieLee

    Boy~!! The daughter of the former "Commander-in-Chief" denied access to a U.S. federal military property~~imagine that~!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Ohiobo, Joseph From Vancouver Canada

    I totally agree with Rob

    May 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. PDT; Austin, Texas

    Pam; Absolutely!!! Where is the article of Obama picking up two more Super delegates CNN?

    May 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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