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. Marjorie, TX

    If everyone would stop making jokes and slandering comments, then maybe the PARTY could unite.

    May 14, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Monroe

    Rob– You fear that Obama will bring America down, or that he will lose to McCain? Which one is it? And how can you be afraid of Obama when he has almost all of the same policy positions as Hillary? And how can you think the Clinton family is "so good" with all of their scandals, lies, pandering, and warmongering?

    May 14, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Venus

    I don't blame them!

    Hillary lied about sniper fire!

    CNN -can you update Obama's superdelegates count?

    30.5 since last week! Hillary 2.5!

    Go Obama!

    May 14, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. M.S.

    It is time the American people lose the emition when it comes to chosing their next President. It is all business and economics.
    We in Canada rely heavily on the U.S. economy and have been doing well. However, your recession is starting to ripple this way.
    Clinton is a strong leader with great experience who I believe can steer the United States into the leading powerhouse it needs to be.
    The media we see here show pure emotion regarding Clinton and Obama.The fact of the better leader with the most experience does not seem to be highlighted.
    So, just vote for Hilary and call it a day.

    Best of Luck

    M. S.
    Toronto, Canada

    May 14, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    It says little for this girl's common sense that she wanted to take a hike on a recently-decommissioned bombing range. Not all the ordinance that hits actually explodes–at least not right then...

    May 14, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Monica

    "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."

    And then I saw your post name,,, "If not Hillary...then McCain". You expect others to be mature and not bitter but you cannot manage it yourself.

    May 14, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Tyrone

    Crushing Victory, Crushing Victory, Crushing Victory,

    All day long this is all CNN keeps parroting.

    But how quickly you CNN'ers forget. This Crushing Victory, was supposed to be 80-20 and even 90-10, Bill and Hillary's "in the red" campaigners did not even allow for the "other" candidate picking up 10%, boy these Clinton's sure are arrogant! and "Clinton News Network" is right there behind them all the way!

    May 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Norah

    I am really surprised at the poll results in PR. I work with many people and companies in PR and they ALL say that they and everyone that they know are voting Obama. There seems to be increasing anti Clinton sentiment there and I have no idea where the poll results are coming from.

    May 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Mike in Columbus

    The majority of Clinton supporters will support Obama in November…

    Some will not, but I think most realize the stakes, and put that above sour grapes and petty jealousy.

    However, most of the folks who keep repeating they won't support Obama on this blog will probably stick to their word. They can congratulate themselves if Obama loses, and smirk for a bit. They can also pat themselves on the back when the US troop casualty count comes in each month, and feel proud they help perpetuate that. They can smile to themselves as the dollar continues to weaken and friends and family can't find blue collar jobs in America, and know they had a hand in that too. As more conservative judges are appointed to the supreme court, they can laugh to themselves and say "yeah, but we sure taught the DNC a leason, didn't we?"

    So be proud Obama haters, you are the true Americans aren't you?...
    Let me answer that for you...

    May 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. demwit

    What!!?? Clearly it would be in our nations best interest to let the Clintons, and Obamas, tour the whole Vieques firing range..., un-escorted of course.

    May 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. QuietStormX

    Why is Puerto Rico so favored for Hillary Clinton? Because they are Latin and uneducated? I'm sure they have not been dumb and blind over these months of the nomination. If they read the news reports and follow the issues raised and differences between the two democratic candidates. If they want to move forward and not back, then I see them ready to turn the page. No more stunts and pandering from the Clinton's.

    May 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Maggie VT

    The Clinton's don't follow the rules???? They own the rules!!!!!! Ed Rendell!!!!! Don't you think Ed, the Obama campaign should make that decision and not you?????? And why would they want Hillary on the ticket??? So perhaps you could get involved with the White House???? NOT!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Paul

    Hillary is definitively the smart choice for America

    FLA and Michigan must count, they are also Americans

    Obama can be her VP until he learns how to do the job. He might be eventually ready.

    America cannot be entrusted to him as a guinea pig for an experiement in the lab.

    Hillary 08 – Yes she will!!!
    Puerto Rico, Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky for Clinton!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. What?

    just like her mother, trying not abide by the rules. will someone tell her that no means no....

    May 14, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Mat Grant

    I 'm a Democrate, always have been but after reading all these negative opinions coming from the Obama camp it has really turn me off.

    Way to go negative Obama people

    I'm going to vote Republican know.

    May 14, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I so cannot understand "if not Hillary...then McCain" – but then ask the HRC supporters "which issues do you support Hillary on?" – they can never answer....its usually...."we need a woman in the White House" – omg....even a Saul Alinsky following "misspeaking" – panderer – please say you are listening to her (mixed) messages and researching them to see if they are remotely true....if you have ever answered this question with "they all do" – thats a feel good answer that makes you believe they do....when in fact....only Hillary does...

    Its time...just look at the character and the policy offerings....and see who you will vote for....Hillary is bankrupt in so many ways..

    May 14, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Hillary Clinton

    Avoid the trauma, stop Obama!

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Probably trying to hold a sit-in for the heavy donors to the DNC who want to turn the USN gunnery range–into 5-star resorts and multi-million dollar vacation condos.

    Who said the Democrats aren't capitalists–when it suits their interests.

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Tre

    As far as elitists go, someone please tell me what this 20 something's job is? What is it, first daughter? Or a seat on the United Council of Nothing?

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. ling

    This is a good reminder to puertoricans of how hard HC worked to get the navy our and clean up the ecological mess they left. Go Chelsea!

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Sandy

    How is this newsworthy? A candidate's daughter asked to go somewhere and was denied. How does that make a story? Perhaps if she had been sighted stamping her feet and pounding her fists, but without that, there's nothing.

    May 14, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Are you sure that wasn't the Sniper Fire Practice Range?

    May 14, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Florida resident

    LOL, look at all those posts. Obama and his supporters claim to run a 'Higher Moral' campaign. Yet, all those nasty comments come out only from Obama supporters.

    It's more like 'Hypocrisy' than 'Change'.

    May 14, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. gary in va

    Didn't you know that the "rules" don't apply to the Clintons!

    May 14, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. musicisourhigh

    While I believe Hillary has a right to continue campaigning, many of her comments and innuendos disturb me. Clinton has been in the political game too long not to know that she is appealing to fear and division.

    May 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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