February 14th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
12 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. E

    Must be nice to take a vacation(campaign trip) in Hawaii after having
    lunch with a Super Delegate in the Midwest.


    February 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. IA4Hillary

    Re: "Everyone claims Obama is too general in his statements but yesterday he laid out his economic plan in one of his speeches. Has Hillary done this?"

    Uh, ya, she has. Months ago and Obama's platform is eerily similary to Clinton's. Hmmm.

    February 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Spring Break?

    Yikes, it's only February and Chelsea's going to set the record for the oldest person ever to go on Spring Break. Perhaps Shuster was right, shame on Mommy Dearest!

    February 14, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Bernie D Allen

    America is not ready for a lady president and will never be. Our country is at war, America is in a recession. We need a man to show our strength to other nations around the world. Those of you that are Christians , should seek guidance from God. God will never endorse a woman being a leader over his creation. God said to Eve in the book of Genesis(3 chapter 16 verse), "A man will rule over you and your desire will be for him. A women biggest challenge in this life is power. look in you own household and see how your mother try to rule your father. This is an abomination to God. Throughout history, God appointed many many kings to leads his people. They were all men never a women. He did allow some great women to be advisers to the king. These women was prophetess. Let us use common sense, does it seem right for a woman to protect a man or her family from harm or is it the man that will use every necessary force to protect his wife and family from harm. Remember, people will change when the world turns but God will never change. Read your bible christians, God didn't allow women to teach nor have an authority over a man. Please read it!!!!! 1 Timothy 2:11-15 and 1 Cor. 14:35. We all say that The United States was built upon Christianity; so let us trust in God to keep us safe from harm. God will never endorse a woman to rule his creation. This is contrary to God's standard. Before you comment, please the read the scriptures. Ps. I endorse the one that god's endorses. We need a change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Power of God is upon him

    February 14, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Ohio

    I am in Ohio waiting to vote for Obama!!!!!! Dont underestimate Ohio, Barack Obama has not arrived there yet. This double digit lead in these polls are not reflective of what happens after he arrives in Ohio!!!No More Clintons!!!!

    February 14, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. DMorant from Penn

    If Hillary can't Manage the140 Million Dollars she raise for her Campaign How can she Manage the ECONOMICS Of The United States (her campaign is broke and she raise more money in History for a Election, Do we really want that ? ) Also she changed her message for the fifth time now she is flip floppying like Romney

    Obama 08

    February 14, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Rob:NC

    I don't think its terrible to send Chelsea out to campaign so long as she realizes that she is now a public figure and will have to take punches just like her mommy and daddy. But the fact that she's sending Chelsea there means that she has no intention of winning in Hawaii, especially being Obama's birth state. She has to have a "presence" despite the fact that she won't win there.

    I find it quite laughable the notion that Obama's wins in traditional Red states are not as meaningful as Clinton's in blue states. On the contrary, Obama's wins are MORE meaningful because it means he has a better chance of taking those states in November than Clinton. CA, NY, MA...those states are going to vote for a Democrat regardless. Perhaps states like Kansas, South Carolina, Georgia will remain in the Red column too, but there is a much better chance of Obama capturing some of those states than Clinton. Especially given the fact that some independents are drawn to McCain, Clinton will have a MUCH harder time attracting undecided voters than Obama. That is why the polls show Obama beating McCain, but McCain beating Obama.

    I suspect that if it ends up Clinton vs McCain, that Clinton will do worse than Kerry in 2004 as I suspect McCain will be in a better position to steal some Blue states than Clinton will be to steal some Red states.

    So everyone who thinks Clinton is a better choice than Obama better start thinking otherwise, or else John McCain will be the next President.......hopefully not.

    February 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Law Chung

    Hawaii is going solidly for it's native son Barack Obama. The media needs to stop seeing minority groups as monolithic. Just because CA Asian Americans voted mostly for Hillary doesn't mean Hawaii will follow suit. Asian Americans in Hawaii tend to be second or third generation and a large percentage are mixed race. Much different than most immigrant Asian Americans in CA.

    February 14, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Thomas Koshy

    The country is proud of Chelsia.good luck Mrs.Clinton.You will be fine
    when people find out that senator Obama,s speeches were like waves,which are not sustainable.Hillary is the only for America.Don't be fooled by meaningless speeches.
    Thomas K

    February 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Auburn

    If you are in a "small State" and think your state doesn't matter, then we are a non-existent position behind you ... no one has come to Indiana.l

    February 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Nick

    This is not about a women or man.
    This is about about true solutions that Hillary Clinton has been speaking from day one, and a lot of empty rhetorical phrases given from senator Obama.
    The same thing happened the last election, when so called main stream media shut down the best candidate ( Howard Dean ) and start chearleeding for Kerry, as they are doing from day one for Obama...
    ...and CNN is a part of this with their "best political team in ...."
    Please spare us from this....

    February 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. carol


    Florida for Hillary. What are all you Obama supporters worried about?
    Hillary can campaign in any State she pleases, or are you afraid she is going to win all the next big States, that he can't win. We are not in VA. & MD. where all the Republicans and independent sabbotage the election by voting for Obama and would never vote for him in the general election. GO HILLARY WE LOVE YOU AND THINK YOU ARE GREAT. KEEP DELIEVERING YOUR MESSAGE AND YOU WILL WIN BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE A MESSAGE, ALL HE WANTS TO DO IS GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY PLUS THE FARM.

    February 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. ann


    You are a true inspiration to all!

    February 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Lang

    Can someone please tell me what Obama, who is only in his 40s, do for our country? All I hear is the word change– but what kind, specifically? Change can be anything, and not all changes are good. I have two kids and I wonder what their future would be like under an administration run by him. Also, I am not very impressed with his wife. She seems like a meddling and rude person and not entirely nice, and she looks like she dominates her husband. So what's her role going to be IF Obama gets elected? I don't think she'll be happy just being in the background- she'll probably be the president behind the president. And you guys were complaining about Hillary helping out when Bill was president. Well, it looks like Michelle won't help out- she might want to make the decisions herself!

    February 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Karyl in CT

    Don't you Bloggers read ? All the canidates are doing everything and anything to WIN ! That's the name of this GAME. And it is that. He/She – who ever comes in first , gets the prize ( or should I say – Money, power and a life time of security). What red blooded American would't want this prize ?

    February 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Edd

    Love the Clinton family!!!! I have total respect for them. CHELSEA is an admirable woman and we wish her all the luck as well! It is HILLARY's time to shine now, she will win this game and she will win big!!! GO HAWAII, GO HILLARY!

    February 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Liugi in CA

    If Jesus Christ himself endorsed Clinton, Obama supporters would still bleat like sheep and refuse to see the light.

    The man has NO EXPERIENCE and expresses a lot of rhetorical sound and fury, signifying NOTHING.

    Wipe the dew from your eyes and look real hard at what and where we are as a nation.

    February 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Eye Opener

    I am so tired of hearing all the morons saying that if superdelegates finally decide the nomination process in favor of Clinton that they will vote republican or abstain from the election.

    What they actually mean is if Obama doesn't get the nomination, they will vote republican.

    Go ahead! Remember the quote "the people deserve the government they get"? If you cannot unite and stand by the party's superdelegates decision, then you do deserve four more years of failed policies, a burgeoining budget deficit, a failed war and all that comes with it.

    Superdelegates were established 26 years ago not only to be the guadians of the faith but as the rest of Willie Brown's statement says "You have superdelegates because this is the Democratic Party. You don't want the bleed-over from the Green Party, the independents and others in deciding who your nominee will be."

    To change the rules in the middle of the game is not only unfair but undemocratic as well.

    February 14, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. JOHN

    shes a cutie

    February 14, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. observer

    Most of obama supporters are blind followers! Idiots!
    How is this different from Michelle campaigning for him????? Do you have an answer?

    February 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. lowland

    I have heard her speak and she did awesome. She literally states that she does not want to go into politics but she thought this was an important decision and wanted her mom to win so she MADE the decision to go out and campaign. Why does everyone criticize her. In Iowa she was still not campaigning so she did not take questions. When she came to my school she took questions for over an hour and answered all of them. She stumped for her mom yes but she approached it as a fellow voter....which she is. She was good. Give her some credit when they were in the white house they closed the doors are her because she was a minor. Now she is making her own choice and that choice is to support her mom!

    February 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Change??? There is no change!

    I hope CNN will post this........everyone should see that Senator Obama does not have an original thought! This is not progress!

    Senator Obama’s Economic Speech in Wisconsin

    Those covering Senator Obama’s economic speech in Wisconsin today could be forgiven if it felt like déjà vu all over again. Voters may ask themselves that if Senator Obama cannot produce his own ideas on the campaign trail, how will he solve new problems as President?

    Senator Obama’s only "new" ideas were ones that Senator Clinton proposed months ago:

    His "new" proposal for a national infrastructure bank is one that Hillary proposed August 8, 2007. ["I’m proud to co-sponsor Senator Dodd and Senator Hagel's National Infrastructure Bank Act that we just introduced to establish a federally-backed independent bank that will evaluate and finance large infrastructure projects by subsidies, loan guarantees, and bonds backed by the full faith and credit of the United States." Rebuilding America speech, 8/8/07; S. 1926, 8/1/07]

    His "new" proposal to create 5 million green collar jobs was proposed by Hillary on November 5, 2007. ["And three, to move us from a carbon-based economy to an efficient, green economy by unleashing a wave of private-sector innovation in clean energy and energy efficiency. I believe that will create at least five million good new jobs from clean energy over the next decade." Energy and Climate speech, 11/5/07]

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt praises Hillary’s plan to create 5 million Green Collar jobs, 11/5/07: "By emphasizing the connection between promoting a green efficient economy and job creation, Senator Clinton’s plan seeks to harness the power of technology and innovation to address one of our most pressing global challenges...The goal of producing 5 million new jobs can be achieved by private sector investment and bipartisan support for increased research and development in efficiency and clean energy."

    In addition, while Senator Obama was busy resuscitating Hillary’s policies, he failed to offer real solutions for the most pressing economic challenges that Americans families face. As Hillary explained this morning, "a plan that fails to provide universal health care, fails to address the housing crisis, and fails to immediately start creating good paying jobs in America again will not turn the economy around and provide the real relief that our people need. We need real results not more rhetoric."

    February 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. norma

    Most of you people who write comments are close to being idiots. To say Chelsea was protected while in the White House and now is campaigning – to say that Hilary decided to go into the smaller states; to say that if Hilary can't visit every city, town and municipality in the entire United States herself without help – what kind of mind are you working with. Think of the one word Obama has used in every speech; his theme song is all about, what else? CHANGE! He's going to change the world; he' going to change your way of thinking in every aspect imaginable; he's going to stop the war; he's going to get you a job; he's going to stop the lobbyists; he's going to lower your taxes. CHANGE IS good for Obama – but Hilary is looked down upon if she changes her pantsuit. THIS IS THE KIND OF STUPIDITY YOU OBAMA-ITES SPEW. Shame on you. Look up the word "change," before you vote! Does "change your mind" count? Or, does Hilary have to swear on a Bible everytime she makes a statement – that she will never, ever, in her lifetime, change one word. Give me a break!

    February 14, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. James of VA

    I think everyone needs to lay of off Chelsea. She hasn't done anything wrong in supporting her mother.
    Yes, she is no longer 'off limits' in so far as she is now a public figure in politcs who can be criticized for her actions. But, she is just a daughter supporting her mother in a bid for the Presidency. We didn't criticize Jeb Bush for supporting George of Bobby Kennedy for supporting JFK as brothers. Why should a daughter–mother be any diffrent?
    In other words, don't let the sins of her parents fall upon the child. Hiliary and Bill are what they are, but their daughter seems to be a good person so don't paint her with the same brush as them.

    February 14, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Jack

    Keep-up the good work Chelsea.

    February 14, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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