February 14th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Aloha: Chelsea Clinton to campaign in Hawaii

Chelsea Clinton campaigned for her mother in California in early February.

Chelsea Clinton campaigned for her mother in California in early February.

(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

Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Hawaii • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (426 Responses)
  1. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Of course, it is her obligation to support her mother at this time that she is trying to occupy the first seat. All the same, my question is why Hillary does not seem to value delegates from smaller states. She is going to loose the front runner by all means to Obama.

    February 14, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. democrat_2008

    Go CHELESEA!!! You a such a role model.

    February 14, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. boniface

    I guess some people should understand that politics is not meant for everyone.Somebody like chelsea is not a politician why not tell her to look for another career.Is it because her mom and dad are politician so she is trying to be like them,she is not a politician.Thanks.

    February 14, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. john

    yeh you go girl

    February 14, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Ron, TX

    Only after Clinton loses the past 8 states does she decide she wants to act like she thinks every state counts? Her campaign constantly marginalizes every state other than CA, NY, NJ, and MA by saying that they really don't matter. Obama has won 23 of 34 contests... she has a lot of catching up to do.

    February 14, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Asare

    I thought Chelsea said she doesn't campaign by talking but just shaking hands. I remember in Iowa, a young girl asked Chelsea a question and she replied to the girl that she doesn't talk. What happened?

    February 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Kaptkarl

    If she's campaigning for her mother she's a public political figure and should get no special treatment from the media.

    February 14, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. June for Hillary

    Chelsea's love for her mom is admirable. She is so shy and still willing to come out and campaign for her mom. She is setting a very good example for our children. Love and respect your parents, that 's the way it should be.

    February 14, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. JB

    She is not "off limits" anymore. She is in the public arena and trherefore the Clintons can't make the rules. Whic, is something they consistently try to do. Forcing others to play by their rules, like the debates.

    So, with that said, how is it that she is able to take so much timeoff from work? Someone should investigate!

    February 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. jennifer, Evergreen, CO

    I thought Hilary was running not Chelsea and/or Bill. Why does it count as Hilary campaigning when she sends her surrogates?

    On a personal note, were I Chelsea I would have asked for that duty weeks ago!

    February 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Sergio

    Lol , there's no way Clinton wins in Hawaii.

    Obama Fired Up !

    February 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Zein

    Jesus Christ!
    Hell naw!
    After she went and had breakfast with a Super delegate in Wisconsin? And Now she is going to hawaii to have breakfast with another super delegate ? This Woman And her daughter are both Jokes!
    Who Do they think they are fooling ? Clinton Needs to give up the fight that she is losing.

    Obama 08!.

    February 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. mina

    You go girl. Show what you are made of. Enough of this no substance Obama band wagon. Nation should sit calmly and reflect whether a "likable President vs a doable President is best now, since the country is way down in every respect from economy to foreign policy. Wake up America.

    February 14, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Adam

    I'm happy to see Senator Clinton making a stand and not just conseding to Oboma! I'm encouraged with the new direction her campaign is taking.
    HILLARY 08!!!!!
    Defete the Obomabots!

    February 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. Claude

    Big deal.

    February 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Faye

    God Bless you Chelsea and may God keep you safe and give you strength to support your Mother through this. You have to have intestinal Fortitude to put up with all the negative Media your family endures. It just shows you have inner strength that comes from above.

    February 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Patrick, Fl

    It is simple. She did not expect she would need to be especially competitive in many small states. The campaign was all about putting the contest away on Super Tuesday.

    They made a serious miscalculation!

    February 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Amy in Iowa

    If every state counts, I expect to see Hillary in that state. Not her husband and daughter. I am sick of this Clinton dynasty. Will Chelsea be next in line for the presidency?

    February 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Chris, Orlando, FL


    February 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Tina

    I live in Montana, and I think its great that they are now realizing that even the smaller states count, and can influence. Remember the last election? When a Democrat (Jon Tester) was elected to the Senate? It was one of the most closely watched battles throughout the country, and was part of turning of tables when it came to the Democratic Party taking over control of the Senate. The little people do count! I'm glad that Billary is coming here, however...I'm voting for Obama!

    February 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. Carolinas

    New poll out today showing Hillary leading double digits in Ohio, PA, and TX. CNN why aren't showing a headline with that???

    February 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Jim in FL

    Today we find out that Hillary is in the top 10 of Senators seeking earmarks, while Obama, with an amount only one-quarter that of Hillary's, is in the bottom 25%. McCain is at the very bottom, having sworn them off completely. You know Hillary "I am as I say I am, not as I do .... look this way please". Educate yourself America, and see that this woman is all smoke and mirrors.

    February 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Amy, Kazoo

    that's a misinformed statement. She's been in and sent representatives to other states too. Maybe you're just not a supporter, that's fine. but don't spread misinformation. A single person can not be in every state all the time.

    And as for marginalizing states, I can thank Obama for doing that to Michigan. He didn't feel the need to do it to Florida, but for some reason, the state that is hurting the most in this nation doesn't matter to him.

    February 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Bob on Earth

    "Ron, TX" wrote: ...she decide(s) she wants to act like she thinks every state counts...

    Yeah, but she did leave her name on the ballot in Michigan and Florida; which indicates that cared more about what the people in those states cared about instead of what the Democratic Party.

    February 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Gayron Taylor

    Ron, TX

    Seems like to me you are worried about Hillary starting to compete with Obama? You brag about his small states wins but can you tell me if he will carry Idaho, Utah, etc. The answer is no. Obama is giving all these boring speeches and I predict that people will see through this smoke screen.

    February 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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