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. nygirl

    So glad to hear that the Clinton Campaign is re-energizing and continuing to fight! Again and again, this woman has shown how incredibly tough and devoted she is, proving that there is no one else better suited for the toughest job in the world. You go girl!

    February 14, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Tom St. Louis

    To Zein,

    You've got an issue with Chelsea having breakfast with a superdelegate, but no complaints about Michelle Obama meeting with the same superdelegate?

    Talk about a double standard...

    February 14, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Ty

    When a politician compromised her principal due to the political favoritism at the time is not a leader. She is merely a follower (remember why she voted for the WAR).

    When a political campign adjusted its strategy, it is simply because she was defeated.

    When a politician changes her plan from A to whatever, it is simply because she is lack of vision to begin with.

    February 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Carole

    I am sure Chelsea is well aware of how she will be treated by the media and by Obama supporters who can be very nasty. She has every right to campaign on behalf of her mother and owes no explanation to anyone!

    As far as Hillary ignoring those other states – those states ignored "her" just like Ted Kennedy did by endorsing Obama. Hillary has been a public servant for a very long time for the Deocratic Party. Like she said, she is "True Blue". If she loses I hope she well remembers how she was pushed aside by some of the party

    I sure hope you win Hillary – but if not – I will not be as loyal as you are to the Party. I will not case my vote for Obama for a ton of reasons.


    February 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Aaron

    Hillary for 8 years
    Obama for the next 8.
    Chelsea next to continue a line of great democrat presidents.

    February 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Stephen Thompson

    We will remain with Hillary till she becomes our next president. Period!

    February 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Quentin

    Hillary Clinton and her homebois and homegals have blown 140,000,000.00 in one month and now there desperate for more of your money. Just imagine what will happen if she's President. Talking about someone who doesnt know how to manage a campain so how can i trust her to lead this economy.

    February 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. suzy

    I watched part of Obama's town Hall meeting in Racine WI yesterday, and I was shocked at how different he is in a small "up close and personal" venue like that.
    He was rude and quite arrogant I thought.
    Very disturbing for some of his supporters
    He seemed so out of his element by not being on his speech platform.
    He stumbled all over his words, and seemed lost for words some times.
    President material? I think not.

    February 14, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. David

    Obama-bots... That's good. That's what we'll call them. People who hear a 'good' speech with no subtance, and are put into a trance. LOL people need to understand Clinton has answers and solutions unlike Obama and his little robots.

    Stop the Obama-bots!!!

    Hillary '08!

    February 14, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    She left her 100K job (fresh out of college) to campaign....thats nice...as she is equally qualified to be president as her mother is....after all – they were both "there" – baffling that anyone would support Hillary....ever

    February 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Warren

    A little late. Jut like after living in Washington, DC as First lady and as a Senator, it was only last week, that she voiced her opinion that residents of Washington, DC should have the right to full representation. The people of DC were be no more impressed with the sincerity of the gesture than the people of the small "Insignificant states" will be. Anyway, I think Chelsea deserves time in Hawaii. She has every right to campaign for her mother without being maligned. Now if Hillary can just figure out a way to send Mark Penn and Bill to campaign in a monastery where there is a rule of silence.

    February 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. MM in TX

    Go fellow cardinal!

    I truly hope that the Obamabots who post on CNN are not representative of the majority of Obama supporters. You're a pretty wretched bunch.

    I never thought that I would say this, but if Obama wins the nomination I would give serious thought to voting for McCain, specifically because the Obamabots are so full of hate. Sadly, they don't seem to follow the positive tone set by their own candidate.

    Go Hillary!

    February 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. gene

    When Chelsea is done in Hawaii she can come down to Texas. Obama is claiming that he has the nomination sewed up and Texas and Ohio voters don't count . What arrogance! I live in Texas and our votes are going to count. He did not just exclude Texas and Ohio and he thinks the votes in Wisconsin and Hawaii does not matter either and I guess that applies to Rhode Island and Vermont. Tuesday, with his election wins, is the first time he has been up in the delegate count and he declares victory. Read the WSJ article today. Their is about six or more different delegate counts. With a low of 25 and a high of 106. The 106 is the MSNBC and NBC counts and they are rabit anti Clinton. In the last two months they have had to issue two apoligizes to the Clinton women and suspended one of their reporters. CNN should do the same to Cafferty, He is the most biased with CNN.

    February 14, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Sí se puede.


    I love it. Take a nice vacation Chelsea! No one is voting for your mom down there little girl.

    This is too funny! The clintons are so stupid, they are wasting time in a state they have no chance of winning or even of picking up delegates. HAHAHAH. I love it!

    It's over Hillary supporters. Stop wasting your money. In fact, see if you can get your money back – stop payment on a check or do a chargeback on your credit card.

    Mahalo Chelsea! HAHAHAH!

    February 14, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Peter Obama08!

    Hillary said earlier that those states that Obama won was not important to win the November election, and she call them activists. Why now she wants the activists vote?
    It is about time she bow down to Obama as the next President. It as to be one person for each party and Obama has demostrated the he is the person the represent domocrats.

    February 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Chris Texas

    It's funny how the Obamabots criticize this move by the Clinton Campaign. Are your memories so short, you can't remember Oprah literally telling her (supposed loyal viewers) that they are not obligated to vote for Hillary and (should) vote for Obama?

    Obamabots are nothing more than hypocrits.

    February 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Jay

    Hillary's 30+ years of political experience puts her over the top for me. Too bad the GOP doesn't have anyone with a lot of experience. Chelsea's love for her mother is admirable. She sets a very good example for our children. Love and respect your parents, that 's the way it should be. Apparently Hillary and Bill have been good parents.

    February 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. JayinMN

    wow everyone is asking about the March 4th polls? well maybe unlike all the other news media CNN looked at the DATES on the polls

    Feb 6-12? hmmmmm

    lets see Obama didnt start his sweep it the Night of Feb 9th

    meaning Feb 6th – Feb 9th all represent pre-momentum, post super tuesday polls,

    Obama wasn't seen offically as the delegate leader untill the evening of the 12th AFTER these polls were done?

    so are you guys really saying that at this point in time a poll that does NOT take into account Obama's new momentum is accurate?

    ofcourse the hillary camp will ignore this fact because you know thats what they do,

    ignore the insignificant little details right?

    February 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Andrea - Texas

    Senator Clinton has a lot of supporters in Texas, it isn't over yet.

    I can appreciate that any politician would be offended by such a malicious comment towards their children. I would write the same if it was said to someone's kid on the Republican side. These politicians are only human.

    Good Luck to you Chelsea. I admire your conscientious efforts supporting your mother.

    February 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. IA

    Follow the Leader: Sen. Obama yesterday delivered what was billed as a "major economic address." But the only "new" ideas Sen. Obama discussed were ones that Hillary proposed months ago. Read more.

    February 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. dave d

    Can't wait to see her on the beach in a bikini!

    February 14, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Ray - NJ

    So you Obama fans are worried about Chelsea taking off time from work to do this? What about Michelle Obama and her job? Besides, why does it matter? If the job that is paying her is letting her off then that's between them, not you noisy people. You are starting to reach for nothing. Scared Hillary is making a comeback???

    February 14, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. JayinMN

    You know what i take that back

    IGNORE the dates on the polls, that way everyone actually thinks Hillary is polling ahead right now, and if ANYTHING changes in the next poll

    we get to see how the spin it, remember Hillary needs to win these days with 60% of the vote, she is at 57% in Ohio, what will they say when that number drops instead of going above 60%

    and in texas once again where she needs to win by 20 points, she is up only 10 points by a poll weekend elections/delegate leads, so we will see what happens when they take another poll

    February 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Jim in FL

    Latest Rasmussen 2/14/08:

    Democratic Presidential Nomination: Today’s results show Obama earning support from 49% of Likely Democratic Primary Voters while Clinton attracts 37%.

    In General Election match-ups: Obama leads John McCain 46% to 42% while McCain leads Clinton 48% to 41%.

    Adios !

    February 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. francis

    Go Ms. Clinton – win this one for all of us!!!

    The island state is Clinton country!

    Ohio is Clinton country – it has always been and still is – maybe with the exception of Cleveland east, Columbus central east and parts of Akron.

    Texas is Clinton country – with the exception of Austin, parts of Dallas and the refinery area along the northern coast.

    Pennsylvania – Clinton countryside – with the exception of parts of Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and other small enclaves

    Indiana – (88 delegates) all Clinton territory of conservative democrats – with the exception of the 1st congressional district around the city of Gary (Lake County – not Porter County) and pockets around Indianapolis

    Kentucky – Clinton – except for Louisville and some other small pockets

    February 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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