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. Devin MA

    Can we get Donna Brazil off the tv? Being black and a woman doesn't make you objective in this election, and she's on CNN and/or MSNBC every 5 minutes it seems, more or less tooting the Obama rally cry. Last I checked there are over 100 super delegates, and the media has weeks of coverage favorable towards Obama to make up for.

    February 14, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. kendrick

    hillary 08

    i won't vote for obama.

    February 14, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Jonathan Vern


    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 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Jay

    The deck of cards is about to fall for Obama. There's no substance there and people are starting to notice after 100 empty pep-talks. Hillary is ready for this job; Obama's ready to preach some more. Now it's time for the great comeback. Go Hillary!!! The Obama showboat is not ready for the high seas!

    February 14, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Randy - Denver

    If they want to out stumping for their parents they should be held as accountable as anyother stumper. This means that Ms. Clinton (the younger) should ahve to answer to the same level as Mr. Clinton or Ms. Obama. For those of you who are upset that Ms. Obama did not give a sweeping endorsement to Ms. Clinton remember that Mr. Clinton did not say he would endorse Mr. Obama when asked the same question his response was more along the lines of "I do not see that him beating her" and yet that was not played everywhere on the news like Ms. Obama's response. so get over yourselves, while I do not feel that the news is always equal (I feel it is slnated towards the Clintons) I always have to ask myself is it jsut me seeing what I want to see or is it fact? then do the research.. but based on the "lack of substance" comments I hear repeated by the Clintonistas I guess they do not know how to do the basic research themselves and are waiting to be spoonfed.

    February 14, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Mark

    I can't imagine why anyone from hawaii would vote for hillary, considering all the effort she is making to suggest that the texas and ohio primaries are the only ones that matter.

    February 14, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Emily

    Amy, Kazoo: Obama did not campaign in Michigan because all candidates promised not to, as the DNC stripped Michigan of its delegates. Hillary, however, decided not to honor that promise. Now, I don't think that was a fair call by the DNC, but those are the facts.

    And as for everyone who says that Obama has only won traditionally red states, here are states he won that are or have been blue states:

    Iowa (swing state)
    Colorado (swing state)
    Missouri (swing state)
    Louisiana (swing state)
    Nebraska (swing state)

    Yes, Hillary has won large blue states, but Obama certainly gave her a run for her money on them. The California race was pretty close, and I don't think we have to worry about a republican winning there anyway. And as this race progresses, he is winning more and more blue states.

    February 14, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Michael

    Earth to Curliss, Earth to Curliss...How do you think Texas normally votes in the general election...Seems that the polls are right about Hillary voters being "uneducated" (not an insult, I am talking about on the issues).

    Hillary leads in earmarks, Hillary proposes to garnish wages for healthcare, Hillary voted for the Iraq invasion...Wow, her experience and her ability to lead from day one is amazing..."Give me a break" Tell Bill that Hillary's campaign is the fairy tale that's about to become the nightmare!

    Obama '08

    February 14, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. wayne52

    Barack Obama as of two week ago had nothing of substance in his web site, only yesterday did I see some of his proposals and it looks like Hillary's ideas slightly altered. Some change agent Obama is he can't even come up with his own ideas.
    Women around the world in some countrys are no treated on better than there live stock. Women what is wrong with you, stand up and fight, it is the century for women, so fight. Hillary is worth fighting for.
    We don't need any more testicals white or black in the white house.

    February 14, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. ifeanyi

    Like Mother Like Daughter; she has to stand besides her mum in the good and in the bad times. thats what family is all about.

    go chelsea , go chelsea go chelsea, your Mum is on her to making history , you should be there for her


    February 14, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Harry

    If she's gonna campaign for Hillary, then Hillary has to have her open to questions from the media.

    February 14, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Claire

    reading these coments it scares me the double standards of the obama followers. you unrelentless exercise in hatrhred is scary. you are the people that want to take over our nation? is that the kind of leadership that obama inspires you? michelle obama has said worse things than Bill Clinton did and nobody says anything about it. Do you all obama followers feel comfortable with her statement that "if obama is not elected, we are not doing this again"? is that the kind of commitment you want for your future president? he is weak and arrogant. I LOVE the way the Clintons no matter what stand together and stay together.

    GO CHELSEA!! Hillary 08 & 12 , Chelsea 16 & 20

    February 14, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Doc Jerome

    Hillary's campaign is a "calamity of errors, misjudgements and shortsightedness." That is a fact by all honest accounts.

    Is this what 35 yrs of experience gets her?

    Is this what you are willing to trust with the power of the Presidency?

    Just think.

    February 14, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Steve

    Some of these posts are just a joke. If mother theresa was campaigning for Hillary you would say she was a disgrace! Grow up!

    February 14, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. RP

    Welcome to Hawaii Chelsea!!!

    Our Aloha goes to you...

    ... but our votes go to OBAMA

    February 14, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Wow, nice perk from the campaign. You know, I might be willing to campaign for Hillary, too, if they'll send me on an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii to do it. Is this what they call a boondoggle?

    February 14, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Sergio

    The "100 years in Iraq if we have to" Republicans will eat Hillary alive if she gets the nomination. Having "more experience" only gives them more ammo to use against her. And if your smart enough you'd realize that they want her to win.

    Obama is a fresh face , smart , charismatic , has the RIGHT KIND OF EXPERIENCE , no history of dirty politics and the ability to bring people together. He would wipe the floor with McCain.

    Barack the vote.

    February 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Nika

    Glad to see Maggie Williams is shaking things up and making changes. This is one of Hillary's key strengths, she will approach things from a new angle if the first approach isn't working that well.

    This race is far from over, and I'm glad to see new ideas and new strategies.

    Go Hillary!

    February 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. JJ McClure

    The knee jerk chants of "go chelsea" are very silly, with no facts. Maybe the parrot chanting of "experience" at best. Hawaii is his hometown. Obama will take it cause they love him there. And even if letting HIllary win this time lets the door open for Obama, the hatred and racism shown to him here shows they wouldn't want him. His time is now, lets break with the hatred and division of the past.

    February 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. ZZTop1960

    I have been a supporter of the Clintons' for years and on many occasions been at social functions with them. However as a long term Dem voter it is clear to see a couple of things: First, the Clinton's were given a loud wake up call, by a large populas of Americans and and sadly that is"their time has come and gone". They made a good run had their time when Bill was President " not Hillary". Being in the white house does not gives anyone claims that they should get it because "she has experience". I am a president of a large company and my wife has been with me for 28 years, listening to the issues with the company, but it clearly doesn't mean that she has experience to run the company, just by being a spouse. Maybe, since they (the Clintons) felt like it should be easy, well they underestimated the American democratic public who are basically sending a statement that they are not wanted back there. Secondly, about Sen. Obama I don't blame him for not wanting to debate, debate, debate.. since he is relatively nationally unknown as the Clinton's it is formitable for him to spend his time "letting people" get to know him. Plus all of the candidates have their plans detailed on their web sites, and for those of us intelligent people that should be enough. Lastly, if the democrats do something crazy ... like give it to her when it clearly should be otherwise. I personally will vote Rep. and will continue to do so. This is coming for a white American.

    February 14, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Trang, Fremont CA

    Well, Chelsea. Good for you, don't follow your father. Sell your mother's strength, but not putting down the other. Maybe there's hope in the younger generation. Your mother and your father, unfortunately, don't follow your example.

    In policies and issues, Hillary and Obama are very similar on their stand, which contrast largely w/ the Republicans.

    While Hillary has paid more time on getting on the specifics, demonstrating her knowledge, Obama has paid more time on lifting the people's spirit up – this invisible 'can do' attitude. He has benefit all people, whether you are for him or not. People are using his 'slogans', whether they credit him or not. Obama has specifics, but he diagnose the problem lies more w/ people's spirit and spent more time there.

    Hillary can have good ideas, the question is whether she can sell it and push her policies through. It's questionable whether she can win the election because she really can unify the Republicans to come out against her, whether it's her fault or not, and in the remote chance that she gets in, we likely will have gridlock, and nothing gets pushed through.

    Obama is ranked as #1 as 'liberal', and yet he managed to get the other sides to come out for him, and therefore more likely to get his policies pushed through.

    February 14, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. dave ks MO

    Gee Lets look at some interesting quotes from Chelsea over the years.....
    Sorry Aint none! Mommy and daddy never lets her talk – just parades her around like a puppet to get votes.

    So really – Who really cares about Chelsea ?

    February 14, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Ronnie Ruff DC

    "carolyn connor said February 14th, 2008 12:32 pm ET

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

    The tables are turning cause the kid is off for a short vacation in the tropics? LOL

    February 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Tim

    Adam wrote: "Number of states won is irrelevant. The competition is in delegates.

    Adam, Obama has the lead in both categories. Your point is misplaced.
    Also, you fail to recognize the negative effect of the statement ...'states won are irrelevant' ...on your candidate.
    Anyone on the fence about Obama or Hillary will no doubt go to Obama (and have been for weeks). You are basically saying their votes dont count for anything. That arrogance is sinking Hillary and turning off support for her.

    Adam, when someone keeps winning battles (big or small) and the competitor does not, pretty soon people (and probably uncommitted superdelates) start looking at Barack as a winner. From a sports point of view, he is ahead 23-11 and has an 8 game win streak against his only opponent...and the season is almost over. Which one sounds like the winner to you?

    'doesnt matter because they are red states".... I guess your candidate has 3 or 4 big states that would have gone democratic anyway, so really...what is your point? How does winning a handful of big delegate states that will vote democrat anyway give us a better chance to defeat JOhn McCain? Flawed logic, my friend.

    February 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. GoWiscoGo

    Just how is Chelsea a role model. Because she doesn't get in trouble and she lives a "normal life." That is the exact same thing that millions of other kids do. Her parade through Wisconsin was a joke. Going to small, state schools and trying to relate to the students. What does the former first daughter and child of multi-millionaires have in common with a college student who is going to be in debt until there 50 to pay off their loans?

    If her parents don't want her in the heat, they should keep her out of the kitchen.

    February 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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