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. AJ, IL

    Don't fool yourselves Hillary supporters. Obama's has had ground support in Hawaii since late December 2007. In fact, actress Kelly Hu and some others have been in Hawaii over the past week or two talking to supporters and voters. A hottie like Kelly Hu (who is in the Obama Internet video YES WE CAN!) will have more attendance at her events than shy little Chelsea. Kelly Hu can express why she is excited about an Obama candidancy versus poor Chelsea just saying "please vote for my mom".

    Obama in 08!

    February 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. New Jersey

    Clinton fans please. This thing is over. Her own camp acknowledges that she cant win even if she sweeps Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. They only want her to get close enough to cause a debate and possibly seat Michigan and Florida.

    The rules were in place before the campaigning started. Now that HIllary is behind she wants to change the rules. She won Michigan 50 to 40. Do you people realize that she was in a 10 point race for Michigan with no other candidates on the ballot but herself. I'm sure some people chose her name because it was the only one they saw!

    So for all the Clintonites, Go Texas!, Go Ohio!, Go Pennsylvania! and then GO HOME because you still wont have enough delegates to win.

    February 14, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. andy

    hillary is up 21 in ohio and double digits in pennsylvania, you never no she just might pull out hawaii. Hillary beats mccain in head to head matches in florida, pennsylvania and ohio. Obama loses in all of these head to head matches, Obama isn't fooling everyone. Check real clear politics for the polls.

    February 14, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. States Obama Won

    "Obama hasn't won a state that matters…every state he has won, is traditional won by a republican in a general election."

    #1 This is completely false.
    #2 For many states, like Virginia, he has a strong likelihood of winning the state from the republicans, because of his stong crossover/independent support.
    #3 You could say the same thing about states traditionally won by democrats in the general election, since they'll vote "blue" regardless of the nominee.

    Stop it, HRC supports, with the sour grapes already!

    February 14, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Mary-Lawrence, KS

    To this date, Hillary Clinton has not been charged with any wrong-doing, just as Barack Obama has not with the Rezko Federal Case. Honestly, if people continue to believe that one person is perfect and the other is "corrupt", we could be in for some really bumpy roads over the next few weeks as the information about Rezko comes to light. Please read the information provided by the Chicago Sun Times before you burn Hillary at the cross..... she may not be innocent, but she certainly has not been convicted of anything. I can't imagine any politician having completely clean hands.... that would be naive.

    Please vote for the person that best fits your ideology on the topics that are most important to you. Both candidates are very promising for the Democratic Party. Clinton 2008 & 2012 & Barack 2016 & 2020. See the big picture..... in 16 years the country could have a lot of the mistakes of the current administration corrected and many other programs implemented.

    FOCUS PEOPLE..... Go Dems!

    February 14, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Peter from Paraguay

    The world needs some one else then Clinton.
    Billary Clinton is the same old.
    The same old
    Before voting for Clinton, let bush have a trid turm..
    Clinton Smae Old Politics,

    February 14, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Danny

    Hillary talks of experience. What kind of experience is she talking about? She has never been the President, so both her and Obama have the same experiences. If she banks on Bill its too bad. Bill was the President in the 90's . Long time ago. Time has changed and thats why we think that this time around its about new Leadership. Thats how Obama comes in.
    How old was Kennedy when he became the President and how old was Bill when he became President. Please Billary and McCain should go home. 60+ Candidates should have retired from active Presidential races

    Obama 08

    February 14, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Nicosia, Petersburg,Va

    will these before or after he date with the 21 year old Superdelegate who has said that Chelsea is the other reason he is voting for Hillary....

    February 14, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. JC, Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Let's remember that in the November election, Hilllary Clinton only needs to win all of the states that either Al Gore won in 2000 or John Kerry won in 2004, plus Arkansas, where she lived for 18 years. She'll win it. Can Barack?

    February 14, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Sam

    According to 'Clinton Logic' if Hillary wins in 2008 and 2012 then Chelsea will have a total of 16 years of political experience ... making her the most qualified choice for the presidency in 2016.

    Go Chelsea 2016!!!!

    February 14, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Duuh And I vote!

    hey i just saw a new poll where barack Obama has cut Hillary Clintons lead in texas by 5 points why is this not spread as new on the Clinton news Network? Why do they only publish things that say Hillary leads in Texas, such a biased outlet maybe I should do the research myself.. no that would be too much trouble spoonfeed me media I am too stupid to look things up myself@!

    February 14, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. MD


    LOL – oh Adam that is one of the funniest things I've read today

    February 14, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |

    Chelsea while you are there, please state that we know from Hillary’s experience that she voted WITH Bush on:
    a) Vote on Iraq war
    b) Vote on Iran war
    c) Vote on Bankruptcy Bill

    Also on her,
    Campaign FINANCE problems. – If she can’t handle her own financial problems would you let her handle America’s?
    Universal Health Care – she wasn’t able to deliver in the ‘90s so now its going to be different

    Hillary has shown BAD JUDGEMENT on ALL the IMPORTANT ISSUES

    February 14, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. c

    "My mom is kewl so vote for her." I don't think so. Sit down somewhere.

    February 14, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Chris

    Bob from Earth wrote, "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."

    Actually, it's more likely that she left her name on the ballot in case things turned out exactly like they have. She is attempting to make those places safety valves for her campaign – so that she can argue that she won states where all the candidates agreed not to campaign. Both Edwards and Obama did not even appear on the Michigan ballot. How many people chose not to vote after learning their delegates would not count? If those delegates are to be seated, the fairest thing to do would be to hold a new primary in both states. This would be fair to both the voters as well as candidates like Obama and Edwards, who Clinton now seeks to punish for playing by the rules. How fair is that?

    February 14, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Chris M

    I found it amusing that Obama always manages to come up with policies or so-called new plans only after Hillary declared hers and his are so much like Hillary's. Tell me why do I want to elect him as the president if he can't even make his own plans.

    February 14, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Karen

    IJB, t's people like you devisive Obama Cult Members that make me sick, now as bad is this economy is and as many problems as we have out here why in the world would anyone investigate why Chelsea is taking time off from work, have you ever heard of a leave of absence, or maybe vacation leave, grow up, you probably don't have a job probably some college student still being supported by mommy and daddy, go ask your parents why she is able to take off from work since they are the onces that are out here busting their butts and not you. ignorance is bliss!!

    February 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Ann

    It´s completely normal if a child is supporting his mother.

    BUT REMEMBER: Chelsea is currently employed at the hedge funds "Avenue Capital" at Wall Street with an estimated salary of serveral hundred thousand Dollar per year (for those who dont believe google "Chelsea Clinton Avenue"). Therefore Chelsea should also be considered as a true lobbyist.

    And is it really a good idea to give hedge funds direct access to the President or does anyone expect more control of one of the worst form of companies in the free economy.

    Give me a break ...

    February 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. eadib

    Go Hillary go
    Hey American people, It is time to have the real change and let a Woman be the chief commander! USA will be better off with a lady in charge! a lady who was behind the scene when Bil Clinton was President and a lot of great decision were taken with her advice to him!
    Vote for Hillary

    February 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Lady

    I thought Hillary said small states don't matter?

    February 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Ruth

    To OKR – What an informative analysis of facts! I hope the Clinton campaign takes a good look at it.

    Sen. Obama's economic plan is a plagiarized version of Hillary's . I see him as someone who delivers spine-tingling oratories drafted by his speech writers. By the way, experience is a major part of a resume especially for a job to lead the most powerful country in the world.

    Chelsea, you are an excellent role model! Your parents raised you well. Go and get Hawaii!

    February 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Jessie

    GO Hillary! We Support you!

    February 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Obama supporter

    Did she just show up unannounced in Hawaii like she did here are my school in Milwaukee?
    Seriously, people were stumbling into her like, hey wait a minute... you're Chelsea Clinton, nice to meet you!
    Great campaign tactic Hillary, good job.

    February 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Sue

    Why doesn't CNN ever report on what Michelle Obama is up to. I was shocked at her comment when she was asked if she would support Hillary Clinton if her husband wasn't the Democratic nominee. She made a face and said she would have to think about it. If Bill or Chelsea Clinton had said that CNN would have made it a major news story and blasted them.

    The double standard at CNN is deplorable. If you want to see fair and balanced coverage, you will not see it at CNN. They are supposed to be providing information that voters need to make an intelligent decision on who to vote for, not deliver the news in such a way as to make it quite evident to anyone with half a brain, that they support Obama.

    GO HILLARY 2008

    February 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. J from DAHOUSE

    First, in foremost why is everyone hating on Chelsea. She wasn't said one negative thing throughout the campaign. Also, I think that the children of candiates no matter what there age should be off limits unless they criticize another candiate. I do agree that Clinton did not plan on needing the smaller states and she should have fought for them more. I think that she has ran a horrible campaign and I blame her advisors. They are poorly organized and unfocused. Hillary is a strong candiate and should be doing much better. Also, I think she should fight in Wisconsin, she's only down four points.

    A Stronger America '08

    February 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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