May 3rd, 2008
01:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: Put down the Blackberry at home


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Hillary Clinton participates in the broadcast in North Carolina, Saturday."]
CARY, North Carolina (CNN) - There’s no escaping politics four days before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries. But before a targeted women’s audience in an online town hall Saturday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tried to play up her parental side.

Asked about advice on raising teenagers, Clinton told the audience it’s the quality of time with your children that matters.

In the forum, she said, “be there when you’re there with them. It’s easy to be looking at your Blackberry, to be on the cell phone, to be distracted. Somehow you have to create the space and time.”

Clinton said it’s important that children “really, really know you they have your undivided attention.”

Parenting advice is also a common part of candidate Barack Obama’s stump speech, often telling his audience how to help children in school.

She told the audience in a high school auditorium and online that it's important to pick your battles with children, saying she chose not to fight with Chelsea Clinton when she showed up to President Clinton's second inauguration in a skirt she thought was way too short."

CNN’s Alexander Marquardt, traveling with the Clinton campaign, said she drew laughs talking about raising Chelsea in the White House.

Clinton said that meant “the Secret Service went on her dates. A lot of her girlfriends’ mothers liked when they double-dated, because there was a guy with a gun in the front seat.”

Chelsea returns to North Carolina to campaign Sunday. She was spotted Saturday afternoon at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.

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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. silence do-good

    Look at my May 3rd, 2008 2:36 pm ET post above – I guess I got my answer. Thanks Obama fans for just being who you are.

    May 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Roman

    Hillary is fighting for the nation. While doing so her opponenet is not only OBAMA. She has been fighting with TIM RUSSET / CHRIS MATHEWS / DAN ABRAMS / KEITH OLDERMAN / ANDERSON COOPER & HIS TEAM / . All these media pundits demonstrated they can not be fair & balanced. If you want to take a side please endorse a candidate and do so and viewers would consider you as honest because you are officially siding with some one. You guys do not have that courage at all. Shame on you.

    May 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    She is a fighter alright! She fights for every dollar her husband
    and her get to "put inton their personal million dollars funds"
    they get from selling your jobs. Bill won't have to walk far to "deal"
    with foreign lobbyists to sell your job. And Hillary, the liar, can turn
    her head and act like she didn't know.

    Oh, my God, Americans don't read the facts. Google Clinton's and
    Google CLINTON'S OUTSOURCING. It will knock your socks off
    when you read the TRUTH about the CLINTON MACHINES.

    May 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Obama 08', no more CLINTONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. voice of reason

    Why does every Obama supporter seem really bitter. Does everyone just wait for another aritcle to come out just to post stupid things about Hillary and Chelsea (i'm looking at you Georgia Jones). Get life.

    May 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. LH

    Hillary with your $109 millions maybe you can buy all the poor women of america a blackberry. Oh! I think we may need food and a decent play to live instead. You and McCain are the elitists!

    May 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Hillary wants McCain to win. if she don't. That is coming straight from
    former adviser to Clinton, Mr. Dick Morris. Go to Dick


    May 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Michelle, Indiana

    This from the woman who wrote a book that it takes a village to raise a child? Please! She's pandering again.

    May 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Peter

    A lot like Imelda...with pants suits!
    Good point.

    May 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |

    My father called on Americans to ask what they could do for their country.

    Those who answered his call built a movement that transformed our country and brought out the best in our national character.

    Barack Obama has followed in that tradition - dedicating himself to public service as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago and then as a state and U.S. Senator.

    Now, Barack is calling on a new generation of leaders to get involved and help transform this country.

    The Obama Organizing Fellowship is designed not just to help win this election, but to strengthen our democracy by training dedicated volunteers in communities across the country.

    Answer the call. Ask what you can do - for this movement, for our democracy, and for this country.

    May 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Mason Wayne

    Looking at the way Hillary Clinton raised her daughter shows America how she'll run the country. Chelsea Clinton is successful and educated.

    May 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. kelley

    billy from florida, your racism is ugly. i'm sorry for you. i'm a white woman, physician, mother, and i love alot of rap music. STOP STEREOTYPING! you have Zero education on ethnicity, culture, and yet, here you are, showing us all just how smart you are not. Thank you. you've added so much to this discussion. you know nothing of Chelsea, either.

    May 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Janet, Arizona

    Didn't Hillary put Chelsea in boarding school while they were in the White House?

    May 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Clinton 4 President

    Clinton is the only candidate who actually knows hoe washington works

    cant wait till she wins in indiana and mabey north carolina.

    Defeat the sexist/republican agenda and im a guy.

    I want to see Bill (the greatest president of our time) in the white house again.


    May 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Kentucky

    I for one am impressed with the way that she has turned out given the nasty history of the Clinton's. Her father was preoccupied in the White House and her mother was in trenched in a fox hole in Bosnia hiding from sniper fire.

    May 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. mama for obama

    yes i'm sure hillary and her cheating, impeached felon of a husband did a great job raising Chelsea. and defending the character of Chelsea as proof her mama did a good job? really??? do you know her? are you behavioral scientists? seems clear to me, but my education backs this: the behavior of one's parents has greater influence on offspring than any other single variable. we can all stand on stage and look prim and proper. tough act!

    May 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Adam

    Obama supporters have posted some disgusting comments. Grow up. The most negative persons in this campaign hasn't been Hillary, Obama, or the GOP, its been the Obama supporters.

    Seriously, look at Chelsea and say with a straight face that the Clinton's didn't do a great job raising her. Stop with the petty personal insults, it goes against everything your candidate stands for and is doing exactly what you falsely accuse Hillary of doing; splitting the party in two.

    May 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. PCS / North Carolina

    N. C BEWARE.
    Hillary's W.V.W.V (Womens Voice womens votes) are sending deceptive and illiegal ROBO CALLS to minority voters = vote rigging = to prevent minorities from voting !!!!!

    May 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. no more clinton/bush dynasty!

    if the clintons and the bushes have taught us anything, it is that they are selfish, elitist, rich snobs who do not represent american values. did we learn nothing from the clintons' last stint in the white house? there are valid reports that they STOLE White House furniture on their way out the door! these folks are not like the rest of us. no way, no how. Hillary has more in common with Paris Hilton than anyone else.

    May 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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