(CNN) - Chelsea Clinton has fielded a lot of questions as she campaigns for her mother's presidential bid, but on Tuesday the former first daughter faced a particularly awkward query for the first time.
Campaigning at Butler University in Indianapolis, an audience member asked the 28 year-old whether the Monica Lewinsky scandal had damaged her mother's reputation.
"Wow, you're the first person actually that's ever asked me that question in the, I don't know maybe, 70 college campuses I've now been to, and I do not think that is any of your business," Clinton responded, appearing a bit surprised by the question. The crowd immediately cheered loudly at the response.
It was supposed to be the last question of the event, but Chelsea Clinton decided to take one more, saying, "I don't think that should be the last question."
Though she has faced the glare of public life since she was a girl, Chelsea Clinton has contended with renewed press coverage after taking on a more prominent role in her mother's campaign earlier this year.
The Monica Lewinsky scandal made a brief return to the news last week, when newly-released White House schedules indicated Hillary Clinton was likely in the White House during at least 6 reported instances of encounters between her husband and the former White House intern.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Chelsea Clinton campaigns for her mother in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Bethany Swain/CNN)
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii (CNN) - Chelsea Clinton greeted more than a hundred people Sunday afternoon in Wailuku, a city on the Hawaiian island of Maui. From the moment she arrived at the rally, attendees welcomed Clinton with leis and hugs.
A local cheerleading squad performed a routine they choreographed just for Clinton's visit to the island. After a group of local girls danced a hula, Clinton was invited to try the local tradition. After some encouragement from the crowd, a reluctant Clinton went to the very back of the stage and joined in, along with other local Democratic leaders. She was still wearing her dark high heels.
Later, the Stanford graduate thanked the crowd for its support of her mother's presidential campaign and encouraged them to particpate in Tuesday's caucus. She vowed to practice her hula skills before returning to Hawaii.
After the rally, the 28-year-old spoke with attendees and posed for pictures.
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–CNN Photojournalist Bethany Swain
WASHINGTON (CNN) – She's faced the glare of public life since she was a girl, but Chelsea Clinton must contend with renewed press scrutiny as she increasingly assumes a role in her mother's campaign for president.
The former first daughter always has been off-limits to the media, especially while she was growing up in the White House.
But pressure to burst this protective bubble is likely to grow as the soon-to-be 28-year-old campaigns across the country for Sen. Hillary Clinton, even heading to Hawaii - Sen. Barack Obama's home turf.
(CNN) - As part of the Clinton campaign's declared effort to fight for every delegate in every state, Chelsea Clinton is heading to Hawaii, Barack Obama's home turf, according to a Clinton campaign source. She'll spend three days, including this weekend, campaigning there.
The Clinton campaign has been criticized for not competing in the smaller states and caucuses, but is now trying to adjust their strategy. A campaign source says they are not focused only on Texas and Ohio.
On conference call Wednesday, Clinton staffer Guy Cecil said the campaign would now be hiring staffers and opening field offices in several states with upcoming contests they had not devoted resources to before, including Montana and Wyoming.
Hillary Clinton has been endorsed by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, and will be doing satellite interviews with Hawaiian TV today.
A campaign source says Chelsea has proven to be an effective campaigner and they see a strong correlation between Chelsea's visits and improved performance.
At this point, says one campaign source, it's a delegate fight, and even narrowing a loss has a huge impact.
This cycle Chelsea campaigned for her mother in California – the first state where Clinton won the youth vote. The rural congressional district where Chelsea campaigned in Nebraska outperformed others in the state. So far this cycle, Chelsea Clinton has campaigned in at least 15 states.
–CNN’s Jessica Yellin
(CNN) - For months, Chelsea Clinton was a silent presence on the campaign trail as her parents commanded center stage.
But since voting began, she’s begun to take tentative steps on the trail on her own, at events where she commands solo billing – without her mother, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, or her father, former President Bill Clinton.
She’s visited campaign offices and casinos, cafes and even a cosmetology school. Wednesday night, she campaigned for her mother at Spelman College in Atlanta, a historically black women’s college – at a time when her mother is in a critical battle for black women voters.
"I want you to think of me as your peer, even though I am 27," Chelsea Clinton told the college students. "I want to talk to you about why you should vote for my mom."
The younger Clinton – who has been a much more low-key trail presence than her famous parents – took questions on topics as varied the environment, health care, government spending and waste.
She discussed her own work experiences, saying "I work in finance, I am a numbers dork."
But she also ventured away from the safest topics, endorsing condom distribution in schools, and telling the crowd she was proud of her mother for fighting for over-the-counter distribution of the morning-after pill.
Black women are a key voting bloc in many upcoming Democratic primaries, and Hillary Clinton has been in a battle for their votes with her chief presidential rival, Barack Obama.
"I don't think you should vote for her or against her because she is a woman," but because she’s been "working on these challenges for more than 25 years."
"I think she came off very down to earth, she answered and welcomed everyone's
question and I really appreciated that." said Spelman junior Janelle Richards. The former First Daughter even made a stop in the school cafeteria, walking by tables and introducing herself to students as they were eating.
At a later stop at downtown Atlanta’s Luckie Lounge one supporter asked her to reveal something that nobody else knew about her. Chelsea responded that she’d love to - if all the cameras weren't around.
– CNN's Trisha Henry and Rebecca Sinderbrand