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. Virginia voter

    For all of you people whining about Bill and Chelsea campaigning for Hillary, what do you think Michelle Obama is doing–sitting at home in her pajamas?? She's on the trail making appearances for Obama just like Bill and Chelsea! Wake up!

    February 14, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. donna johnson

    why are the clintons trying to devote time the smaller states now that she is behind in the delegate count.and why doesn't hillary go to some of these smaller states herself and campaign. her campaign is one of if you are not a large state or a large person in her eyesight she doesn't see you and she is going to be that same way if she is elected president

    February 14, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Tears and Smears

    James from Houston, can you also imagine the scandals, the affairs, the suicides, the lies, the excuses, the arrogance and yes, the utter inevitabilty of Chelsea.

    You can just picture her finger pointing, lip biting, lamp throwing tantrums when she speaks about the "vast right-wing conpiracy", oops, she is not allowed to answer questions.

    I believe you would have to add in some of Web Hubbells traits as well as rumor and side by side photos make it possible..........

    February 14, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. david

    Wow. Quite a contrast between Chelsea and Bush's girls, huh? Of course parenting could never have anything to do with that.

    February 14, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. DancinQueen66

    The negative name calling and hate speech spewed above will definitely split the Democratic Party and guarantee a John McCain win in November.

    If you don't know what Hillary has done for the last 35 years then you haven't even looked it up. She has initiated, promoted, and sponsored numerous programs for children, families, veterans, workers, and women. Here is a few:

    Health care programs for children, families, veterans, and 9/11 workers

    Education programs for children, families, mandatory public education for special needs children, and programs for pre-k, after school, and day care

    Programs for orphans, abused and neglected children, and battered women

    Programs to support and promote equal rights, equal pay, and equal opportunities for women

    I am not voting against anyone. I am voting for Hillary because of all the good work she has already done and all the good work she will continue to do as president.

    Chelsea is a 27 year old adult who has volunteered to campaign, and as such, she gets to set the boundaries and ground rules for what she will or will not do on the campaign trail.

    The sexist comments about Chelsea (or any other woman) are just typical of the misogynistic main stream media and all the other woman-haters out there. Everyone who is not a woman-hater should find those types of comments totally unacceptable.

    Go Chelsea!!!!!

    Go Hillary!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Bill

    Holly, Kansas City, MO – perhaps it is jealously that irritates you and not Chelsea, at least she is doing something with her life what have you done and what are you going to do besides sit in this blog and espouse your hate, you must support Obama

    February 14, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. AKS7979

    So are we voting for Hillary, Bill or Chelsea? Is she gonna get her maid and landscapers to do the White House too?

    The People have spoken, and we want Obama!!!!

    February 14, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Gbenga Kayode

    Stop accusing Chelsea, When Obamas wife goes and campaign nobody talks when Bill Clinton coughs or Chelase says anything You all start your cricticism . Give everybody a fair chance and some of Democratic party leaders decamping from Clinton to Obamas camp are just jealous of that name Clinton. Forget it ,you cant beat that name. Clinton is Unique You will all see we shall win again and again and again. This is Hillarys time

    February 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Jane

    Glad to hear Chelsea is helping out in Hawaii.

    The reasons the Clinton campaign lost out on the smaller states were mainly because they were not vey forward thinking in terms of the internet and the youth vote. Let’s not forget she won the majority of big states which are critical to winning the general election and which reflects a wide cross section of the general population.

    Her staff should have had a better ground operation to get the stadiums filled with young people and then make her excellent speeches regarding their future, the economy, healthcare and education—and we all know her legendary commitment to health care—a process she first tackled before any president did. A packed stadium of young people makes for great TV and resonates with the general population. This is what Obama’s campaign has done very well and he still manages to be much aligned to the older Democratic establishment (the status quo) although he would like us believe he would have nothing to do with them. His latest recruit—David Wilhelm, a super delegate who undoubtedly will play a role to lobby other super delegates to vote for him.

    February 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Bill

    Holly, Kansas City, MO either you support Obama or you’re a Republican, not much difference either way

    February 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Marge

    Senator Clinton is not using her family , Her husband and daughter have every right to speak out and campaign for her just like any other candidate. You all don't get the picture, Chelsea is not a high school kid anymore, she is a very bright young lady doing what any daughter would do for any other candidate running for President..shame on you people for your reactions.
    Senator Clinton is having a great campaign, Obama is the underdog here. He talks the talk but will not walk the walk. Money talks, while Oprah backs him, we all need to remember she has "big" money.......most of us Americans are the small voice of this country, we need our country back. We don't have the money to throw away, like Oprah does. I don't feel Obama is ready to take the responsbilty of running the country. He does not have a tish of the experience that Senator Clinton has. We need her to make things right again. She is smart and tough and will straighten out this mess we are in. Obama has no credentials as Senator, the Americans need to select a qualified person, we need change with Hillary Clinton.
    Be there for Senator Clinton, Texas and Wisconsin............show the American people what states have character and good sense!!!
    Be a part of taking our country to a much better place to live with Hillary Clinton as our leader.

    February 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Marylin

    Rush Limbaugh just came out of the closet today and, as his show was ending, openly and blatently encouraged conservatives to vote for Obama. The strategy is now very clear. The Republicans see Obama as the more vulnerable candidate in the general election. We saw this happening in Virginia. Republicans who would never, under any circumstances, vote for a Democrat, were asking for the Democratic ballot on Tuesday. The game is now quite clear.

    February 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Republican Roy

    Curliss; "Obama hasn't won a state that matters…every state he has won, is traditional won by a republican in a general election. Hillary on the otherhand has won all states (where most people live) that matter. It says something…dont you think ?"

    Curliss...I would only ask you to take a look at the states and electorate count that has been won by Barak. The way the whole country sees it is that Barak has a consistant winning margin, wouldn't you say? To say that Barak has won states that don't matter is just stupid! half our country has endorsed him. It's so funny to me to see Billary followers try and dismiss Barak as a legitimate front runner for the democrated party. YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIKE IT BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT!

    February 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Brandi

    Wow... I am still amazed at the biased messages that CNN and every other media organization continues to try to shove down my throat. Hillary was leading in delegates, whether by a few or by more, up until this week and she was NEVER considered to be ahead of Obama, much less called a frontrunner. Well now that Obama has inched his way past her in the delegate race, which is the same place she had been before, he is the frontrunner? Hillary can't catch up? I mean really!!!!

    February 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Rosado

    SOLUTIONS NOW, WORDS LATER! Hillary 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Brendan

    So, despite all her planning and her experience (longevity), she starts losing in the smaller states where she didn't set up shop? Well, HRC, you validated the 50 state primary. Nevertheless, her Plan B is to have Chelsea campaign for her? Seriously? I'm a little concerned that her campaign didn't bother with the voters in the small state primaries.

    February 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. irma

    Chelsea makes a good impression. No wonder they tried to discredit her by using sexism. I see.

    February 14, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. irma

    Holly, it's called jealousy.

    February 14, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    The Obama-bots are really scared of Chelsea stealing their young voters away from Obama. Hope she can open their eyes Obamas' plaglarism of her mothers plans. He is a thief, he also stole the election in Illinois by having his opponents remove from the ballot.

    February 14, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Heather Peterson

    To the lady who said Chelsea should be on MTV or Larry King: She does NOT do media or press, lol. Good luck. Never heard of someone campaigning w/o doing press...moronic.

    February 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Dawn, CO

    It's okay for Replublican girls to party till it's 2025, but Democrats raise their kids to think of others. I really admired Amy Carter for her activism, and even going to jail for her beliefs. What did the Bush girls do–got ticketed for underage drinking. So when Chelsea decides to come out into the public arena and spread her wings, what is it for–Hillary. It's okay to support your mom, but what else do you believe in? With 911, Katrina, etc., this is the first time she's coming out, and actually speaking. I didn't know she had a voice.

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree–Clintons are self-serving to end.

    February 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Rockin the Islands

    You can take OBAMA away from the islands but you can't take the islands away from OBAMA... GO OBAMA!.... Hawaii is behind you!!!!

    February 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Leedy

    The people of Texas, especially the Latinos should open their eyes and see that Hillary is there for their votes. At first she was all for helping African Americans becuase Bill Clinton was there candidate. But now she is all about the Latinos. She is now an honorary Latino. Until she get their votes!!! And then it is go back to Mexico. Texas don't be fooled!!! She can care less about Ohio and PA. Obama is for everyone. If she loses Texas, PA, and Ohio, she will say the same thing. They really didn't count anyway. It's the super delegates she is counting on. It wasn't really Texas.

    February 14, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Franky, New York, NY

    Chelsea's an INCREDIBLY grounded and woman – just like her mother. She's a credit to her own inner strength and her parent's dedication to raising an intelligently, giving daughter .

    Go Chelsea!! –

    February 14, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. j.r.

    Ok, lest sit back and take a look at this, Obama support mostly comes from the youth of the country...I'm fine with that. I think I'ts great they are finaly paying attention. However, with all the hate spewed messages on here, any myself, giving birth to age group that is supporting Obama. I have to stop and wonder what did us parents do wrong???? Why are our children so hateful and hurtful, and down right mean and nasty. I have 5 children between the ages of 35 and 23, and if I find out one of them have been on here spouting the hate for another person they don't know, they will hear it loud and clear from me.

    Where are your manners kids? Does your parents know you are talking so mean about another person. I person you have not met. A person you spew hateful, hurtful words just becase they have a different view than you? Is this the "change" – "hope" – "our time has come" you have been taught?

    Thanks, but I'll vote for the other side.

    February 14, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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