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. Swiss in Canada

    Please CNN let me say it:
    SHARON, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT IS N O T THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Question to ask Clinton

    The question I want to ask Clinton: what on the earth make her think that Clintions are beyond rules and laws while ordinary people have to abid them? Look at the election rules, the impeachment and fundraising regulations and so on.

    May 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Uncle Joe

    Perhaps Chelsea forget to "Change the rule" which is typical of Clinton brand!.

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Ida

    Dick Chaney has an open invitation for her to shoot with him anytime

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. we ARE bitter!!!!!

    I've been to's so darn beautiful.

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Laura

    I live outside of the United States and watch with amazement
    the divisiveness that exists within one party. Can you all please
    remember that it is McCain and the republican party you are supposed to be directing such animosity toward so we don't end up with another Bush-like administation. I say "we" because the policies in the U.S whether we like it or not affect the rest of the world, not just the U.S. My country is also at war because of American U.S foreign policy, so could the American voters stop this petty bickering and get it right this time please, it's not just about you!

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Marilynn, Wilmington, NC


    I think I read about the Superdelegates for Obama on Not sure why CNN hasn't mentioned it. If they are the ones you are referring to, they are two college students, following the wishes of the "college voters" they represent..

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Ilona Proud Canadian



    Play fair and post Barack's new Super Delegates.

    You know CNN, your failure to report on the Super Delegates, will not make it go away. We've been hearing about this from other News Networks.

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Mike, CA

    Dear Navy:

    Keep her in PR, maybe she can convince her parents to join her. The Clintons won't have very much to do this summer anyway. So I'm sure they'd love to vacation there.

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Rebecca

    The Navy does not let horses on their ranges. They couldn't tell a difference.

    May 14, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Time to move on

    this is not news cnn,focus on issues and forget the distractions
    OBAMA 08

    May 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    For Spencer 2:11pm ET,

    No problem //

    Hillary only sets foot inside of a Church for Photo Ops.

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Olivia

    As I've said before......a lot of Obama's supporters are really mean-spirited. I don't know if that's because they gravitate to him or if he brings out the worse in them.
    I hope the puerto ricans realize by now that obama's main support is african americans and payback for 98% onus will be high on his list.
    Hillary has always been there for latinos. She is the best candidate who will be there for us. Some superdelegates are trying to bring this race to an early stop...a cut-off....and history will judge them for it in a negative way.

    Vote Hillary!

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Elizabeth, NC

    This is one of the more reasons why Obama should not pick Hillary as VP. 'Daughter Chelsea sent to train in a Navy Barracks' oops did I say train, I meant campaign. Read between the lines.

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Sean

    Sharon in Georgia: Your ignorance is flowing over! A three day weekend over Easter weekend is hardly running away. Knowing when you can't win is just smart (Hillary should take note). He had over 20 debates, so you can't say he ran away form those. I'm sure there are times when Hillary has answered fewer than 8 questions. He is not running away from FL and MI, but he is trying to respect the rules the DNC set forth and at the same time acknowledge FL and MI. It's clear who you support, but try to argue the truth, and not this drivel.

    May 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Catherine Webb, Little Rock, Ar

    Jason before you get to sick of the democrats, think back when Bill Clinton was president by the time he left office " no democrat could hold our heads up", that's how someone like George Bush got into office. The shame, we felt over lieing about " not having sex with that woman, then oral sex is not sex, if, I am not mistaken isn't he a felon, who also lost his law license. Also how big a part did Rush Limbaugh's crowd play in the election in West Virginia. Hill says her supporters are poor uneducated, white country. That's not very flattering, though the Obama supporters said nothing about it. We will stand for something and not fall for anything.

    May 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Leslie, Miami

    If Hillary "helps" Barack campaign this summer, can we get more men on his detail. Someone's going to have to protect his back from Hillary. She may have more knives than you know.

    Watch your back Barack, she's out to get you. And don't put her on your ticket or you wont' have a ticket. You'll be back in the Senate with her....don't do it Barack, please don't. She's trouble.

    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Monica

    Why would you want access to a place were there may be unexploded ordinances?
    Maybe she wants to promise that her mother will clean it all up this summer and the land will be divided up and given to all of the people in PR.
    And by the way, the Clinton bloggers say just as many mean things about Obama and his supporters. I have been reading alot about how the Obama supporters are so mean and that they will not vote for him because of that and then in the same breath they call him and his supporters names. Little silly don't you think. It does not make some of the things that are said okay but it is a little... the pot calling the kettle black.
    a snobby, arrogant, living off mommy and daddy's money, stupid, towel head, lazy, brainwashed, drug addicted, empty suited, brainless, lying, Obama bin laden voter.

    May 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Frank in NY

    Okay I would love to see a Cafferty question..."What are the reasons you won't vote for Obama in the general election?" I am dying to hear the wait your telling me rednecks wont vote for Obama??!?!?! Get outta town! I HATE HILLARY but i would still vote for her over Mcshame so stop being ignorant and do what is right.

    May 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. michael, ny

    Clinton's new goal post: Obama can win all the delegates and super delegates, in the end I am the better candidate.
    Hence, I am the nominee; as far as I know.

    May 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Jeff in South Dakota

    She intended to use it as a site to pander with promises to the Puerto Ricans on behalf of Mommy. Get their ire up, make a pledge, stir up votes and leave. Sound familiar?

    May 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Roger

    Obama is a coward.

    May 14, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. 'Nuff Said

    She probably went to tell the good people of Puerto Rico that her mom is a fighter.

    May 14, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Watch out U.S. NAVY...

    Hillary will Inihilate you..:)

    May 14, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Punisher

    Poor Obama supporters, all they can do is whine and deliver their invectives. If these are the "educated" supporters of Obama, I can say, our educational system have failed them miserably. They reminded me of Bush supporters in 2000 and 2004.

    Once people become a worshipper, they've lost their sense of direction, they're like a radar gone awry.

    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!! OR McCain!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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