May 14th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
7 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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soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    So far Obama has reached or exceeded 70 percent. Five times.
    The majority of his other States & elections were won with 60% or more of the vote:
    BARACK OBAMA:
    17 STATES + DC & V.I.
    *DC (75%)
    * 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%)
    * White Virginia (67%) yeee hawww....whoopp whoo pee

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

    THE END IS NEAR FOR HILLARY AND THE CLINTONS. THE NAME "CLINTON" WILL HAVE GONE FROM A REVERED BRAND TO A PARIAH IN POLITICS. THANK GOD, THAT A MAN LIKE BARACK OBAMA CAME ALONG JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME. POLITICIANS FOR A LONG TIME HAVE BEEN LYING TO PEOPLE, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF VOTER APATHY AND IGNORANCE. THE GAME IS CHANGED , ALONG COMES AN HONEST CANDIDATE , FULL OF CANDOR AND INTEGRITY,... AND SUDDENLY THE PEOPLE COME OUT OF THEIR SLUMBER, TO ONCE AGAIN REGAIN THEIR GOVERNMENT. TRUST OBAMA, IT'S BETTER THAT HE HURTS YOU WITH THE TRUTH, RATHER THAT HE DECEIVE YOU WITH A LIE.

    May 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Gary

    Owned.

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Dems `08!

    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 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. anybody but clinton

    i hope no one asks Chelsea about Monica...i'm sick of hearing about her. I want to hear about Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones....i think they are way more interesting.

    Stand by your man–so he can help you steal the nomination...afterall two devious minds are better than one.

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. J

    What the hell was Chelsea Clinton doing at an abandoned firing range? Are the Clintons going to rebel?

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Kenneth M

    AT THIS POINT OBAMA SHOULD PICK Chelsea AS HIS RUNNINGMATE. AT LEAST SHE IS CUTE.

    May 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Ban Michelle

    They should ban Michelle Obama since she hates her country.

    Wright?

    Right.

    May 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Roy Arellano (San Antonio)

    They can pander all they want. I am a proud Hispanic-American, native son of California, Veteran, Commissioned Navy Officer, and Independent. I will not vote for Clinton no matter what or who she sends anywhere. She has proven to be dishonest, political, and lacks fundamental key personallity traits needed to change our nation. Funny that many say she has the latin voting block. Too bad the media doesn't understand how we really are as a people within this nation. Everyone I've spoken to from San Diego, to San Antonio, all the way to Atlanta, Georgia, completely disagree with HRC as a viable candidate.

    May 14, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Tommy - Houston 60 year old white male

    Bill Clinton lied to the American people as president. He lied to Hillary as a husband. She has accepted this behavior. Now she wants to lead America. How can you trust someone that is so accepting of such abhorrent behavior? And, she has lived with Bill longer than Reverend Wright was Obama's pastor...please, think about what you would be getting if you support this woman.

    May 14, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Ban Michelle

    Michelle Obama, First Lady of a country she despises.

    Sounds great.

    May 14, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Roger

    We need a real candidate in the White House. Obama just copies Hillary's policies and answers.

    May 14, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. anybody but clinton

    Frieda, NYC...you may be overeducated but you're showing your stupidity for voting for someone totally opposite your love interest just to make some kind of stupid point. I almost hope that you get your wish and McCain is president and you're royally scr@@ed...just to make a point. How could you be so moronic and yet claim to have an education???

    May 14, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Darryl

    How is the Clinton Court Case coming out the Peter Paul V Clinton and her debt is growing to $ 21,000,000.00. She needs some big money givers...

    Don't look my way......

    May 14, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. WArt

    Better watch out, Hilliary might figure out a way to break the rules so her daughter can campaign for her.

    May 14, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Hilda

    CNN, who cares about this, are you kidding me, why is this news. Where is the article that tells us how many Superdelegates Obama picked up today? Oh, and is this a true story or is this another made up story by Hillary Clinton????

    May 14, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Greg Pa

    What do Obama supporters want, an article every time Obama gets a delegate.

    May 14, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Shiloh Everett

    Richardson is the only HIspanic Gov. in the US. PUERTO RICO support Obama like Richardson. He knows the Clintions very well and is backing Obama why do you think that is?

    May 14, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. MP-Pennsylvania

    Anonymous May 14th, 2008 2:45 pm ET

    CNN IS PROMOTEING CLINTON!!!!!!

    WON'T REPORT THE TWO SUPERDELEGATES OBAMA GOT THIS MORNING!!!!! BUT HEADLINES HILLARYS ONE. POST THIS ON EVERY BLOG YOU KNOW!!! I KNOW I AM!!!

    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 and 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)

    Are all the states Obama has majority black. I thought Black people are minority. Some people say Obama cannot win White rula people's vote. Pleas look at the states he won with wide margin

    May 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Len in Washington

    Chelsea's learned from her Mom. Go for the "Free Press Coverage!"

    Pretty sad, actually.

    When was the last time Hillary was interested in Puerto Rico?

    May 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Jack Walden

    Maybe she was trying to see if Hillary could claim ducking in Normandy.

    May 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Eddie

    Some people ask why when Obama gets a lot of black votes they are not called racist,but when Hillary gets a lot of white votes they are called racist.Your candidate Hillary clearly stated that here uneducated white voters will not vote for Obama,but on the other hand blacks will vote for her,also when asked many of Hillarys white voters said out of thier own mouths that race was the reason they would not vote for Obama.This is a simple explanation,even a hillary supporter can understand.She made you all racist in her rhetoric.

    May 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. JC

    Chelsea is 28 so she still has plenty of time to join the military, which is a lot more meaningful than her hedge fund job.

    A military career may get Chelsea ready to run for presidency some day, unless she is already counting her 35 years of experience from when she lived in the White House.

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Martin

    Obama 1600 Pledge Delegates

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

    Is this a sign?

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Joe Regis

    NO WHERE FOR THE CLINTONS TO GO.

    NO WHERE TO HIDE.

    DOWN HILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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