February 14th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
13 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. Justin

    Go Chelsea! Get those votes girl! ....HILLARY 08!!!

    February 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    I am amazed at these comments always- but today is WAY past anything that makes sense. I am a solid supporter of Senator Obama and believe that those "promises" will BE the Sollutions. All I can say is that come November, John McCain will be the beneficiary of all this hatred.The Country has to have change, not a sequel to the Bush Administration.
    We need to quit name-calling and showing our lack of intelligence (not to mention SPELLING- like "Profeth" and "Stadistics") and unify before the General election!
    If Senator Clinton gets the nomination, I will be there to vote for her. I firmly believe that Barack Obama will be – and should be – the nominee. The alternative is NOT an option to me!

    February 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Is Chelsea a fan of hot peppers and mango ice cream just like her mother? Now THAT would be news. CNN is slipping!

    February 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. pat

    every time hillary say she is going to do something for the american people to help them obama says the something about a week later he is just copying her ideas obama dont you have your ideas not hillerys. she has a plan he only has talk . hes a smoother talker dont fall for his bs, read between the lines. he has no plan for our future. america need a person who can lead us, an bring this great nation back from the distruction george bush has imposed on us an thats hillary. go go go hillary. yes shes a political force, but you have to be in this time with everything that is going on in the world she will bring back respect to this great nation.

    February 14, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Oddy

    As a parent, ...I was impressed that the "Clinton's" had place their daughter off limits to public, especially with Hiliary. But being the opportunitst that they are, and their lack of principles, we see them changing they minds and sending their beloved child off to face the very thing they were protecting her from.

    Come on folks, if Hiliary would do that to her only child, protect her from the public, and then (because they need her to do something that only she can do, reach the young voters for "Mom") send her out to do her bidding, what does that say about her REAL character?? Can we trust her!!!!??? Which of her campaign promises will she drop or change, because of some political expediency.

    ...We'd better wake-up and PAY attention!!!!!

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

    For those of you complaining about Chelsea campaiging for her mother, I don't here anyone complaining about Obama's big lip wife campaigning for him!

    February 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Dave

    Get real people, anything Hillary does you hate..... Hillary has double digit leads in both OH and PA. You should be doing more research on your candidate. Apparently he's been a bad boy...

    Rock On Chelsea

    Clinton as President 2008

    February 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. madeleine

    I live in Maui and everyone I talk to leans towards Obama, even my most feminist girlfriends. We all agree it would be nice to have a woman president some day, but just not this one. We want a woman who will make it happen for herself and by herself, not because her husband was president and she has a rich political machine working for her.
    Yes, the only people who are for Hillary are the oriental business owners...they are all about money and they don't want to see any change in the islands.
    Even the baby boomers will get up to go to the caucus...after all, he did inhale and he didn't lie about it.
    A man with integrity is what this country needs.
    Go Obama...Hawaii supports you big time!

    February 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Jeff Denver CO

    You do not see Senator McCain using his child, a Marine who served in Iraq, to help garner votes. It is just a matter of how far, how much and who will be used, by the power hungry among us.

    February 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. LiLi Wang

    Go Chelsea! You are a wonderful role model for our daughters and young women all over the world. Your mother is inspiring all the women who working hard and have caring heart for the people. Thanks for all your effort to make America a better country on the world.

    February 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. smokey99

    I have faith in Hillary. I am glad to see Chelsea getting out there. She is not know for being in the public eye. She is a shy women. I have to give her a huge thumbs up for standing by her mom.

    Sue: your statement about Michelle Obama is so true.

    My vote counts: Hillary 08

    February 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Tim

    I am glad to see Chelsea campaigning for Hillary. It would be better that she campaign instead of Bill because the media likes to have a field day on Bill.

    The republicans has started to attack Obama on substance. That's what McCain did yesterday. We will see how Obama holds up when the republicans attack him full force. Hillary speak subtance and has stood strong against the republicans attacks. Without Hillary, we will have 4 to 8 more years of incompetence.

    February 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Liam

    The Wall Street Journal provides a snapshot of life inside Hillaryland: "But the campaign has something of a shellshocked feel, as staffers privately chew over a blowup last week where internal frictions flared into the open. Clinton campaign operatives say it happened as top Clinton advisers gathered in Arlington, Va., campaign headquarters to preview a TV commercial. ‘Your ad doesn't work,’ strategist Mark Penn yelled at ad-maker Mandy Grunwald. ‘The execution is all wrong,’ he said, according to the operatives. ‘Oh, it's always the ad, never the message,’ Ms. Grunwald fired back, say the operatives. The clash got so heated that political director Guy Cecil left the room, saying, ‘I'm out of here.’”

    February 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Ray

    Obama talks real nice, like... But, uhm... What's he really sayin'? Chelsea should be there to help make some sence of it all.

    February 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Lawrence in GA

    It is kind of sad, how Hillary is dogging Obama now and trying to regroup.. what a pitful sight.

    February 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. carolyn connor

    The tables are turning, GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Bobt

    Solutionis what we need!

    Not promises jsut like W Bush promised 4 years ago!!

    Americans should wake up and stop falling for empty promises!!!

    Obama is good at making speech but white house is more than speech. It is about achieving result and not making promises that cannot be kept.

    Go Hillary, Next president of United States.

    February 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Dems for McCain

    Chelsea has her OWN career, she took a leave to campaign for her mother, what's wrong with that? McCain's daughter is campaigning for her father. Even in 2000, Al Gore's daughter campaigned for her Dad, children of Kerry campaigned for their father.

    I say, good on Chelsea!

    Every parents would love to have a daughter like her, disciplined, graceful, well mannered and intelligent.

    Bush twins makes me think of young women on "Girls Gone Wild" video.

    February 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Jen

    Nothing Chelsea says or does will entice me to support her mother. Hillary lost my vote when she authorised the invasion of Iraq.
    Plus I was insulted by her arrogance when she dismissed the vote I cast in the recent Washington State caucus which voted overwhelmingly for Obama.
    I suppose, come November, if heaven forbid she is the Democratic candidate, she will be screaming for my vote. Too late.

    Obama 2008

    February 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. kathleen, illinois

    We do not care.Hillary still will not win!!!! OBAMA 2008

    February 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. pam

    For all of you Hillary supporters who keep repeating the misinformation about Obama's experience & substance, I have only one question – what has Hillary done? For the life of me, I can't find a single important position in which she's taken a leading role since becoming a Senator. Seems to me she's just gone along with Bush & the Repubs in order to win the favor of the powers that be. And please don't give me that tired argument that Hillary somehow has the right to claim Bill's Presidential experience as her own. No one else can use their mate's experience to get a job & Hillary should play by the same rules as the rest of us.

    February 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Michael

    Hillary says: Red states do not count.
    Hillary then goes to Texas before voting is done in VA, DC, & MD.

    Hillary says that she is running for President and not her husband.
    Hillary then uses the fact that her husband did not do well in caucauses as an excuse for her losses.

    Hillary says: Caucauses (sp) and small states do not count.
    Hillary then tells her daughter to go to Hawaii to campaign for her.

    Will the real Hillary Clinton please stand up!!!

    Oh and by the way, I do not want my wages garnished for healthcare...lower the cost and they will buy!!!

    Obama '08

    February 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Bobt

    Solutionis is what we need!

    Not promises, just like W. Bush promised us 4 years ago!!

    Americans should wake up and stop falling for empty promises!!!

    Obama is good at making speeches but White House is more than speeches. It is about achieving results, and NOT about making promises that cannot be kept.

    Go Hillary, Next president of United States

    February 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. IA4Hillary

    Amy in Iowa:
    I've been reading your comments on these blogs for some time now. They are not pro-Obama; they are simply anti-Hillary. Please stop. You're embarrasing your fellow Iowans.
    By the way, I am under 40 and well educated. Therefore, I am for Hillary.

    February 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Janice - Redondo Beach, CA

    To you Clinton haters who say that Bill and Hillary are evil and are liars...just look at how their daughter, Chelsea, has turned out.

    She is a successful, poised, and well spoken young lady. For a couple of evil parents, they sure did a great job of raising their daughter.

    By that example, I wouldn't mind having Hillary "raise" the U.S. back into the respected superpower we were before the Bush administration!

    Please, less talk and rhetoric and more solutions for real results!!!

    February 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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