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. Alfredo (SSG)

    I'm sure her kid had her undivided attention. I mean with Bill off spreading his seed with anything that walked, she had more than enough time for her kid. I guess that is why she seems so bitter now.

    May 3, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. alice2

    FICTION STORIES BY HILLARY CLINTON. no thanks, it just doesn't hold my interest.

    May 3, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. MB

    Trying raising 4 kids on a $1800 income every month and see how to choose your battles. I did not fight Chelsea when she wore a short skirt to the inauguration...OH PLEASE

    May 3, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Concerned Dem

    Look, I keep up with all of your articles and the one you just closed the postings on for the Obama family after 20 replies is really strange. I'm curious to see how many posting you allow for this one. I read these posting and a lot of them say that CNN is bias toward The Clinton's, I was not believing that at first but now I'm beginning to wonder.

    May 3, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. hrao

    No wonder the Obama crowd finds it difficult to see their choice not connect with women. Hillary has multiple talents and her being mother puts her on the side of hundreds of women who juggle several "jobs" – I am sure she learnt a lot from them today. Women should rule the world.

    May 3, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Debra

    The average middle/lower income family does not have a blackberry. Who's the elitist here. I for one don't need adviice from Hillary Clinton on how to raise my children..

    May 3, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. 58 yr. old white woman..

    Isn't that what Barack said, months ago? "Turn off the TV, put down the game boys"? Well, she is finally catching up. Go Obama.

    May 3, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. NotThisTimeinNY

    Obama takes some family time and lookit the response!! It won't help!! This is not yours to win Billary! The jig is up ... throw in the towel before Bill says something else you'll really regret ... I see CNN is mum on that too!!!

    You must own a majority of stock in CNN ... they are too hush-hush on the Clinton dirt ... you are by no means squeaky clean ie. Y'all (you and Bill) need to be ashamed for that one - you have no conscience whatsoever!! The man spent more than a million dollars to help YOU get elected - SHAME ON YOU BILLARY!!! Are you still ducking the subpoena servers???

    May 3, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Tom

    Hillary got booed at the Jefferson dinner why is CNN reporting this

    May 3, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. ruben

    hillary is just trying to make history she is not concern about the real people in america

    May 3, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Vig

    Women hold up the world.

    May 3, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. aa

    Isn't Clinton's daughter almost 30 years old???

    May 3, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Liz SC

    I am glad you are trying to be something you never was a MOM.

    May 3, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Aleklawyer

    Let's hope that the Obama hatemongers do not turn this pleasant story about Hillary and Chelsea into more of their beloved race-baiting. Drop the race card David Axelrod.

    Hillary or McCain in '08 !

    May 3, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. David

    Hillary should just close her mouth.
    She has only a child.

    If you need advice look for those who raise many children, because they are the ones that can speak about raising children.

    May 3, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Reality Check

    Did I just hear Hillary say in N. Carolina "it's okay to NOT TELL THE TRUTH in campaigning. That's what's expected." OMG!

    Is she trying to validate her lies? Does this mean we shouldn't believe her? This is certainly a GAFF if ever I heard one!

    May 3, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Sheila WA

    Good grief..I guess we need Hillary to tell us what the other politicians mean when they make statements about bitterness in politics and now she is telling us to put down our blackberry's ( I don't own one ) and spend time with our children. I'm sorry, who is the elitist? I don't need a Nanny President, and neither do white blue collar workers who are suppose to be so resiliant..

    May 3, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Oregon Women for Obama

    Clinton Fatigue...did Obama drop off the face of the planet? Can we get some news other than this woman????

    May 3, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Yes Joe - Raleigh, NC.

    Go Hillary!

    May 3, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Kris In PA

    She must know something about it. She and Bill did a great job of raising Chelsea. Chelsea is a wonderful young lady!

    May 3, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. MP-Pennsylvania

    If Obama is white Hillary is long gone. She is waiting to use race.

    Who invited Wright for the talk last week?????????
    A Hillary Supporter…..

    Read yahoo news today

    How Hillary prevented Whitewater case

    How Hillary prevented bipartisan health insurance program.

    May 3, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Pamela

    Isn't her daughter pushing 30?

    May 3, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. North of the border


    May 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Wait! 100,000 People voted for Hillary early. Early voting in N.C.

    If she cheats, black and whites will be enraged. Yes ENRAGED!

    May 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. rose, texas

    even thou some people out there don't like u, i know deep in my heart that u r the only 1 that can get us out of this mess that bush put us in. so many people full of hatred out there i can not imagine living like that . u did a good job raising u'r daughter that is why i know that u can get this country back on track. just the way it was when u'r husband was in office, if not better, maybe we don't agree with alot of the things that were done, but economy wasn't as bad. hillary.....08

    May 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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