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. enomisa

    Hillary is the best for the job- but the media and celebrity bandwagon swayed the vote with their visible swooning over Obama

    February 14, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Carol Krestos

    I think it is absolutely wonderful that Chelsea and Bill are out there. Hillary is going to win, regardless of the love affair and campaigning the media has done for Barack. Hillary rocks, she is the winner.

    February 14, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. getagrip, anywhere, usa

    all you women who are voting for Hillary because she is a woman are so foolish! she is not a woman who got to this position on her own. she is still married to a lying, cheating man who she chose to stay with for political gain – not for any other reason. yeah, i am sure chelsea got quite an education in that house! if, and I mean a strong if, she gets on the democratic ticket against McCain, I hope every man and intelligent woman votes republican – I would rather see an old-war monger in office than Hillary Clinton! Give it up "Clintons".....OBAMA '08

    February 14, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. enomisa

    Seems the Obama people have fallen for the candidate who is a better POLITICIAN- while claiming to bring a change from politics as usual. Ironic that he is doing everything that he orates against

    February 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Beverly, Houston


    You are right. I would say Mother Theresa was a disgrace if she campaigned for Hilary, same as anyone else who does.

    February 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. carol

    Our best years were when Bill Clinton was president..The ecomony was great and he was a real leader. I'm betting Hillary will be the same for us.

    February 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. BestToChelsea

    I am really concerned about parents making their kids campaign on their behalf. Chelsea should be in College or University pursuing higher studies, seek truth, sort out priorities and chart out her life, instead of mingling with Clinton mob, make token speech and seek votes. I hope she sets her goals and aims high. Wish her the best.

    February 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Myrna

    Just Say Mahalo to Chelsea and Hillary.. My son is A doctor in Honolulu, and Has 3 beautiful Grandchildren B-Racial also, White Dad and Black Mother,, My Grands are the apple of My eye.. My son will be voting for Obama!!!! I hope Hawaii goes for Obama!!! Hillary Has No scruples and sends out Chelsea to Do her dirty work! Shame On Hillary !! Go Obama, GO Hawaii.... Both Wisconsin and Hawaii vote on tuesday, 2 More Wins for Us !!! Obama 08

    February 14, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. BobW Rochester, NY

    Hillary failed to raise enough money to campaign in all the states? Now that's some new spin. Obama can afford to campaign in those states, why can't Hillary? Nobody capped the amount of money she could raise. To use an arguement that Clinton ignored certain states because of a lack of resources is at best disingenuous. At worse, it's an admission that her values, background and experience wasn't enough to appeal to donors.

    February 14, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Will Gainesville, FL

    Hillary Clinton failed to plan for her campaign adequately. She had no ground operation in half the states that voted on Super Tuesday...Why should we elect someone to be President if they don't even have the knowledge or intuition necessary to know what it takes to run a political campaign?

    At first, I felt sorry for Hillary Clinton. Not anymore. Now I simply feel angry that we are even considering someone as unqualified and arrogant as her.

    Yes, I want a female president one day. But today is not the day. We will have to wait until we have someone who is "Ready on day one" , which Hillary Clinton is obviously NOT.

    February 14, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Josh

    You're very important Hawaii.

    She's sending her daughter to say hi.

    By the way, have you guys all read the email about how the wives of NFL QBs are qualified to be QBs because they hung out with the team and went to many practices, ect.

    Funny, ironic, and funny!

    February 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Anastasia

    If you watched and listened to Chelsea Clinton, you would want to do just the opposite – vote for Barack Obama! If Senator Clinton is so desparate to be nominated she should ask Britney Spears or Paris Hilton to campaign for her. :))

    February 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Andy

    You people all have too much time on your hands. Get a job. Try to be a productive part of American society.

    February 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. JohnS

    Someone asked:

    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?

    Here is the answer:

    All the Clintons lie, even regarding little matters!!! This nation should stay away from them. Some of us had regrets that Hillary ever had the gots to move from the Republican camp to the Dem camp!! She should go back to wher she started out hre political career.

    February 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Robert

    Chelsea is now fair game for discussion. Mommy can't keep the people from criticizing you now.

    February 14, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Independent Observer

    35 years of experience and Hillary could not figure out how to plan an all inclusive campaign!! Look at the Obama people well organized from Alaska to South Carolina, dotting their i's and crossing their t's, while on the other hand you have a sloppy Clinton organization that features a finger wagging Bill in South Carolina or a clueless Chelsea in Hawai. When the campaign moves from west to east they replace a Latino with a black depending who is next to be pandered to.
    "Give me a major break" this whole Hilary has experience thing is a "fairy tale", can anyone one of you ever claim your husbands experience in your resume?

    Amazing that a so called feminists would run on the experience of slick Willy. Whatever happened to respect for women who have made giant strides on their on self effort as opposed to their husbands names. Remove the Clinton name and how many of you know Hillary Rodham? Maybe someday we will get another Ann Richards or even the likes of Napolitano or Sebelius to make an independent run for the white house on account of their own achievement not because some feminists want to blackmail America with their agenda. I will vote for Nancy Pelosi before Hillary and her manipulating ways.

    The democrats can either give us Obama or be ready for president McCain.

    February 14, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Carol

    For those of you bent on demeaning a special young lady like Chelsea Clinton, have you ever heard of taking time off from your job without pay?

    Have you ever heard of honoring your father and mother? Have you ever thought to honor your own parents by sacrificing something for them? I think not, otherwise you wouldn't be making such critical remarks about a beautiful young lady who honors her mother. Just shows what sort of folks are going for Obama. I'm glad I'm not in your camp!

    By the way, you better be asking yourself what's left once this cheerleader stops his sermons. What changes if he doesn't have the "old established congress" with him? Also, aren't Ted Kennedy and John Kerry part of the "old establishment?" How naive you people are.

    You don't know anything about this man. In small group sessions he is rude, fumbles for answers, etc. You better watch who you are supporting - think what you will look like a year from now when you are sorry for the choice you made. Use your intelligence.

    February 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Micjhelle in Des Moines

    Gee the Clinton's send their child to Hawaii, while McCain's son just came home from Iraq. Speaks volumes to the character of the Clinton's and to McCain. McCain is a hero, and I thank him and his son for keeping us safe and serving. Who cares what the child of political privilege does, bet she never had to worry where her college money was coming from. it came from us the American tax payers. Please don't run stories on her she is so unimportant in this race, and quite frankly uninteresting.

    February 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Independent for OBAMA

    Here Chelsea honey, just shake their hands and try to talk as little as possible. If they ask you questions, just smile and say "well I think only my mommy and daddy can answear that!"

    February 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. cquimby

    Great! LEt's let Chelsea run.

    February 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. adel

    If every state counts, then Hillary is not treating them as equal. When she loose, she does not remember to thank at least those that cared enough to vote for her. Now, her campaign is copying everystep the Obama team are taking. Who has the experience? It is not how far, it is how well.

    February 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. con in PA

    It's interesting how things "change"
    with "experience".
    Chelsea wouldn't speak to a 9 yr. old
    3 weeks ago.
    but she will speak to delegates
    and college students NOW!

    Aloha means hello...
    and GOODBYE.

    Aloha Hillary.

    Mahalo Obama!
    For waking the sleeping giant.....

    February 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Nate

    this isn't news!
    So why is it at the top of the news ticker all morning?

    February 14, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Ann

    Finally! The campaign seems to be taking off. I think a huge problem has been that perhaps she did not have the quality of staffers throughout the nation who were aggressive, motivated, and dynamic. Also, am thrilled that Chelsea is out there helping out. She is delightful and should've been more present in the beginning. I still don't see the press covering her. She needs to be on TV. How about getting her on Larry King Live or some of the regular talk shows. People would listen. She also needs to be on MTV and any other youth oriented show. She needs to be cloned!

    February 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. morph

    Doesn't "ALOHA" have dual greetings? Hello and GOOD-BYE?
    I say, Good-bye to Hillary's quest for the Presidency. Too little too late for my liking.

    February 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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