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.


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  1. A.M.

    I do not understand why 'Clinton' is continously compaigning so NEGATIVELY, by openly using "RACE' and "GENDER" as her strength. Whites are not the only 'Blue Collar Workers, in America.

    If she is sincere in having a democrat in white house, then she shoukld use her 'BRAIN.

    A.M.
    Houston, Texsa

    May 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Marvin Geer

    Maybe she wanted to do a little small arms practice. Whoever advised her to enter a Naval firing range, doesn't realize unexploded munitions exist.

    Obama might have been addmitted.

    May 14, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Michael in Mount Air, Virginia

    Maybe Hillary wanted to relive the past of the Bosina sniper fire incident. She wanted Chelesa to get a "true feel" for danger. I don't think that Chelesa would have contrived that idea of visiting a firing range.....however that would be considered Chelesa's first defeat.

    May 14, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Henry

    Any newby Federal employee could have told Hillary that, and she wants to lead the federal government. Wow, lady.

    Obama...08....hurry.

    May 14, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Democrat

    Awesome!! HAHAH Access denied!!! Hilarious!

    May 14, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. NickNas

    Further proof the media is boosting Clinton. They made a HUGE deal about WV but not ONCE with all the THESE Blowout Victories by OBAMA did they play them up as CRUSHING HILLARY.

    States & elections won with 60% or more of the vote:
    BARACK OBAMA:
    15 STATES + DC + VI
    * Virgin Islands (89.9%)
    * Idaho (79%)
    * Hawaii (76%)
    * Alaska (75%)
    * District of Columbia (75%)
    * Kansas (74%)
    * Washington (68%)
    * Nebraska (68%)
    * Minnesota (67%)
    * Colorado (67%)
    * Georgia (67%)
    * Illinois (65%)
    * Virginia (64%)
    * Maryland (62%)
    * North Dakota (61%)
    * Wyoming (61%)
    * Mississippi (61%)

    HILLARY CLINTON:
    2 States
    * Arkansas (70%)
    * West Virginia (67)

    May 14, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. mitchell from arkansaw

    they don't want her claiming she had to dodge sniper fire,on U.S. federal property.it doesn't look good ,for the navy.

    May 14, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    Clinton wins racist W Virginia (oh yes you are and I'm calling you out on it) but Obama picks superdelegates, he he he he he he.

    It is over, get it thru your head, and the Clintons, who by the way are searching, desparately, about bad stuff on Obama

    GET IT THRU YOUR THICK HEADS CLINTONITES, IT HASN'T WORKED, IT DOESN'T WORK AND IT WILL NOT WORK.

    get over it, join the winning team, its much brighter here.

    May 14, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Swiss in Canada

    Sharon in Georgia: THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT IS NOT THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD!!!!!!!!!
    I am Swiss and I am Canadien and I am deeply insulted!
    I know, you think the world ends at your border, but it is not!!!!!
    Susan

    May 14, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Patty

    I guess it is time for CNN to close off the postings here since they have moe than enough of their Hillary bashing comments for this thread. I mean CNN can't make it too obvious they are in the tank for Obama. Iwill be looking forward to seeing Blitzer today and see if he dresses up as well for Clinton as he did for Obama's interview?????

    May 14, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Greg

    Rob...Were you high during the Clinton years. How do you Trust a politician named Clinton??? Hillary doesn't even trust Bill!

    May 14, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Robert in Toronto,ON

    I wouldn't let Chelsea Clinton into my apartment to use my bathroom!
    Good for you Navy! I hope the Army takes note and does the same thing.

    Is this the Clinton idea of their military experience? Ha!

    May 14, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Helen

    GCG – Austin, TX May 14th, 2008 1:58 pm ET

    Now that was funny.

    Thanks

    May 14, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Saleh

    Question to RENDELL: If Clinton was wnning, would you have asked her to nominate Obama as VP? Now that she's sure going to loose, let Obama pick his own VP, and its not going to be you!

    May 14, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    If she were wearing a flag pin, they might have let her in, unless it was made in China, of course.

    May 14, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Drew, Central FL

    Too many GOP provocateurs mucking about today. How is this news? I certainly don't care what Chelsea does. Boricuas are smarter than the Clintons give them for.

    Si se puede!

    May 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Not sleeping at the switch

    Hillary will win PR because they know she will continue our outdated policies there. I KNOW 99% of the people in the US do not know that the VAST Majority of the people in PR are on WELFARE and do not pay Taxes like you and I. PR is a Tax Haven for Business and EVERYTIME PR has to vote to be an actual STATE it is overwhelmingly voted DOWN.....Why NOT??? Live on the US Tax Payers money and since you are not a state pay NOTHING!!!! People need to know WHY people support Hillary and it is NOT because she is good for YOU!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Nigel, ME

    Bravo!
    I think the DNC should take some lessons from the NAVY. Hillary can't walk all over them.

    For the record: I deny Hillary and her phony, goal-post moving campaign. Just think about the circus her campaign is running, now they're pandering to folks who would never have voted for Barack anyway.

    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Chris

    bitter Obama people. Bitter..Not really a story. Get over it.

    May 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Clinton Fatigue

    So, you're covering this bizarre publicity stunt, and yet you will not cover the two superdelegates Obama picked up today.

    Either show some semblance of journalistic integrity or change your name to the Clinton News Network!

    May 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. carmen

    Unlike her mother,she needed real sniper fire experience

    May 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Theo.

    Hillary, do not dream of the v.p. position.
    You are not going to get it. Ha Ha!

    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    No More Special Treatmernt for a Clinton..?

    What?
    You mean someone said no to a Clinton and he's still alive??

    OMG

    May 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Craig

    The Navy should of invited the whole family and provided an un-armored vehicle or better yet a Humvee with "hillbilly" armor. Have a nice day.

    May 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Joe St Louis, MO

    Let her look for unexploded munitions........maybe she'll find one.

    May 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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