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. Carmen

    LOL! It just cracks me up to hear the Hillary supporters say that if Hillary doesn't get the nomination, they're voting for McCain! This response, if nothing else, is evidence that the un-educated people are voting for Hillary. It makes no sense to vote for McCain if you truly believe in Hillary's platform. These people are simply mimicking what they hear other people say as far as if Obama doesn't get the nomination, then they'll vote for McCain. Let me explain people: the people who say they'll vote McCain if Obama doesn't get the nomination are either Independents or Republicans. Those are people that are willing to swich parties to support Obama but if he doesn't get it, they're going back to their party or going somewhere else.

    For the Obama supporters that say they won't vote for Hillary if Obama doesn't get the nomination, they're saying that because they are sick of Hillary and the Clintons and what they stand for. For the people that dislike Obama on this blog, it is astonishingly clear that they haven't even taken the time to get to know him or what he stands for.

    More evidence of why we really need to fix the education system in this country!

    February 14, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Myrna

    Carol, The Cheeseheads rule here in Wisconsin, We have always been Progressive Here ! We will make Our Voices Heard as well as in hawaii and YOU can take That all the Way up to the Nomination of One Of Hawaii's Own.. President Barak Obama ! That is Music to My ears and and also to to a Lot of the country who is saying NO to BILLARY!! OBAMA IN 08

    February 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Souza

    "ObamaNation" is all talk and not much experience. He has admitted he will make mistakes but he thinks that is great because he can admit to them. We are just getting rid of a President who made more mistakes than we can count...We don't need another learning the ropes the hard way at the Americans people expense. HOPE HOPE HOPE PLEASE I am sick of hearing it. What are all you Obama fans Hopeing for???? Get a life. GO Hillary!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Renee

    Go Chelsea, support your mother in her bid for President!
    The HillBlazers are in force!


    February 14, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. eadie_j

    Obama's speeches remind me of a certain preacher. "Follow me to the promised land". I don't think he has substance-it's all preaching. I have my confidence in Hillary Clinton who knows what she is talking about and can come to the point quickly without giving a "sermon" to fill in the gaps .

    February 14, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. vanessa

    All I have to say after reading some of the comments by the Obama supporters (or should I say groupies??? lol) is that it's amazing how much hatred they have not only for Hillary but for Bill and now even for Chelsea... Hillary worry not, if you're hated is because you're doing something right!!!

    February 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Ben

    Hi Chelsea, You are so sweet, keep on talking and we are listening by the milion. Go on , we will not get tired of you.

    February 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. MAP,Sr

    I think the Clinton's are dividing the party,,,

    Obama nor Billary will win in Nov....

    Sad to think we will have 8 more years of the GOP...

    February 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. jay

    It's so unfair to involve a young and promising girl like Chelsa in dirty politics of compaigning on behalf of......,It's a lot of stress.!
    Chelsea, go home and don't let mom and Dad teach you bad habits!

    February 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Obama support in Iowa

    If the Clinton campaign is going to open field offices in these States they better get paid upfront. There are several reports of unpaid bills and damage to personal property in other locations where they set up campaign headquarters.

    February 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. John, OH

    Is this the campaign of HOPE, Where a daughter can’t even campaign for her mother without being trashed by supporter of Hope? If this is the HOPE that Obama is bringing than I don’t want to be part of it.

    February 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. u suck

    the clinton family is a bunch of scandalers

    people find out the TRUTH

    go on YOUTUBE and type in "PETER PAUL"

    BARACK OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THE CHANGE WE SEEK IS NOT A CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. HJ in VA


    February 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Angela Phoenix

    Girl Power.

    Chelsea Clinton 2016

    February 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. tom

    obamacans?,obamacrats?,obamacasians?obamafrican americans?obamasians?obamexicans?sounds like the beginning of the one world ruler that nostradaumous called the next antichrist.......i hear they want to put his picture on the euro!

    February 14, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. S. Shay

    Hillary Clinton is dumber than a box of rocks. How is it that everyone in America knows that middle American whites are 100% anti-immigration and by extension, anti-Latinos and yet she goes and specifically targets this group to vote for her? It is no surprise that Obama is gaining in Texas b/c most people will vote for him simply b/c he hasn't placed himself in line to be the President who completely opens our borders and turns a blind eye to illegal immigration, which is certainly what Clinton is setting herself up to do by allying herself with a group of people who would love for the rest of their generation to join us in American, legally or illegally.

    HIllary Clinton is dumb.

    February 14, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Reading these posts about how great Sen. Obama is just astounds me. What is the attraction to this very junior Senator who, by his own admission, can't distinguish between 3 buttons on the Illinois senate floor? What has he done other than ingratiate himself with the powerful Rezko in Chicago? What new ideas has he brought (did you notice his blantant plagarism of Hillary's economic plan? Even Senator McCain's staff is calling it a copy of Hillary's.)

    Some day Obama's supporters who are swooning in giddy delight of this cotton-candy candidate named Barack Obama will wake up and they'll feel just like George W. Bush's supporters. Tricked.

    If Sen. Obama manipulates the media and the race issue to the extent that he gets the nomination there are THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of life-long Democratics who vote for McCain.

    Give Sen. Obama a job succeeding Billy Graham if you want inspiration but elect the PERSON with the best qualifications and skills to do the job at the White House: HILLARY CLINTON.

    February 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Nancy in WA

    Bob on earth writes:

    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.

    I couldn't agree more. This is what i have also been saying. Even though the DNC said their votes (MI, FL) did not count the other candidates did not have to take off their names. Dennis Kuzinski also left his name on as well.

    February 14, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. serge

    Hope is great. We all neeed it. However, we need hope with solutions and concrete plans. Hillary gives us hope and brings solutions.

    Obama brings a head full of smoke and great speaches. However in the end they are just speaches. Great motivational speaker. Not a doer.

    Hillary motivates, brings hope and gets objectives and goals accomplished.

    Hillary 2008!!!!

    February 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Nancy in WA

    Hillary will never get the recognition from the media only the golden boy Obama.

    I totally agree when she gets endorsements nothing is said, when she leads in the polls nothing is said. I will say that Obama is not doing this by himself the media is helping BIG TIME, everyone complains about the superdelegates making the decisions but not enough of public is complaining about the media and their golden boy getting all the media coverage. This whole system is corrupt not just political but also the news coverage over the last year. GO SUPERDELEGATES LOVE YA.

    February 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. al

    Hillary my state didnt matter to u. You never thanked us for going all out in maryland, virginia and Dc. You desserted us. i thought u were caring but it was just a front. I am going to get some love on the BAMA train. Making face now in hawaii wont change the fact that u dont consider small states. Your greed will haunt you Hillary, it will HAUNT you.

    OBAMY her i come!!!!

    February 14, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. John, Las Vegas, NV

    I am just mystified that anyone can have any respect for Bill or Hillary Clinton.

    February 14, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. rw

    oops... now Obama needs to figure out agains which Clinton (Hillary, Bill or Chelsea) he is running?????!!!! Hope he will figure it soon before the Hawaii primary.... lol.. campaign money..send every one in the family... fun ah!!!!

    February 14, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. procrastinator


    Do you really think Rush Limbaugh would use such a transparent strategy? Use your brain. There are three possibilities:

    1. McCain is inevitable, hence there is no reason to vote for him. Therefore, use your vote to make sure Hillary loses since they hate her so much. She is more vulnerable now than she will be in the general election; Republicans will do ANYTHING to keep her out of the White House.

    2. This is a reverse psychology technique to get Hillary to be the Democratic nominee. If Rush says vote Obama, Democrats should vote Clinton, right? However, she will be a weaker opponent in the general election against McCain. Many recent polls corroborate this claim.

    3. Oh wait, maybe he's giving his secret strategy to Republicans because they'd rather face Obama in November! This makes so much sense; after all, we know that Obama's ability to draw independents and Republicans, his lack of political baggage, and his lack of the divisive reputation Clinton has will surely lead to a McCain victory in November. And although he's leading in the polls against McCain, he'll somehow be a weaker candidate because..... Give me a break.

    February 14, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. v.ananthan


    February 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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