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. Ed

    Hillary all the way

    Hillary or Mccain 08

    May 3, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Kentucky

    Welcome back to Louisville Chelsea!

    Hope you have the winning horse at the Derby and we know you have the winning candidate on May 20th Kentucky primary.

    May 3, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. smart voters don't vote for hillary

    Didn't Obama say something similar about turning off the tv and getting your kids to do their homework? to get involved with your kids? and when you see him on his phone, he's talking to his kids. Do you still fly halfway across the world on your private jet to tuck Chelsea in every night?

    May 3, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. jeff

    Clinton was appointed a partner in the Rose Law Firm in 1979. Chelsea was born in 1980. She continued a partner in the firm. During that time, she was also board meber of several companies, and a partner in the ill fated Whitewater Reality venture. I wonder how much quality time she was spending with Chelsea during all of that.

    Obama 08

    May 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. mitch from ark.

    she must have heard one of obama's speeches.she uses the same material he has used all along.she's like a parrot.after 'stealing' mccain's idea on the gas tax[pandering],she keeps using obama's speeches,because her campaign can't keep up with his.what a joke.

    May 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Wang LI

    Unfair politics and media:
    You are right.
    Why is CNN trying to help HRC , in a such obvious way ?

    May 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Lowry Martin, II

    The hostility from some Americans regarding Senator Clinton's parenting belies a profound lack of objectivity. The saying that the proof is in the pudding shows that the Clinton's did a pretty darn good job of raising their daughter. She is a well-spoken, loyal, intelligent, contributing member of society with a great deal of poise, grace, and charm. She is a graduate of Stanford University. She obviously really loves her parents, has never been in trouble with the law, i.e., picked up for DUI (unlike Jenna Bush), or drugs (numerous Kennedy children) so I think I would lay off the disparaging comments about Hillary's parenting.

    May 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. MikeT

    Just look at the obama supporters, they are so negative and distasteful, including elitist, it's disgusting.
    No wonder Clinton is soaring in the polls

    May 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. kim

    all the way hillary!!!!!!!!

    last nite on cnn - Obama's Black liberation theology is NOT for good for America!

    a vote for him is a vote for that!

    May 3, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. smart voters don't vote for hillary

    from one mother to another: i always the have secret service follow my kids when their not with the help. i don't have time to drive my kids to the roller rink because i can't figure how to get the coffee out of the machine. i don't have to bake cookies... we have people for that.

    May 3, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. AlfredButts

    If we knew a year ago about theObama we think we know now ..he would be toast!....Hillary 08

    May 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Just Politics

    But she was too busy to bake cookies right?

    I'm so sick of this lying, pandering shrew NC we are counting on you to see thru the fog. Indiana, you cannot really believe that stuff she is throwing at you. No one can be that blind can they?

    May 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Gary

    Clinton will fight for the American people, and Obama will sit in a racest church for another 20 years where The "rev" is preaching hate, racism, and black seperatism. The people that pay him have made him a very wealthy "rev"….

    May 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. fedup with obama /fl

    If stupidty was dumb most of the above remarks would and Obambo would have all ready been nomanated. At least most of the CLINTON supporters can write a blog with a understanding of what the are saying. PLEASE nominate someone that understands the need of the average american and has an understanding of how to get something accomplished. OBAMBO will spend all his time saying change. My question is what is he talking about?

    May 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. ChicoSez

    Hillary was booed because Obama supporters do not even know what common courtesy is. Obama supporters are dividing the party beyond repair with the way they demonize Hillary and the 15 million dems who have voted for her. Hillary supporters will not riot in the streets if she loses to Obama because of FLA and MICH but we won't vote for Obama. Simple as that.

    May 3, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Barb

    I get a kick out of all the obama supporters who weren't complaining when all the media was letting obama go with no negative media attention. Can't handle a lil pressure? You people need to grow up. It isn't racisim, it is politics.

    May 3, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Obama 08

    Clinton stayed with a cheating husband and an impeached president who is now claiming his presidency was the best eight years in American history for over thirty years...and she is telling American women how to raise their children???

    Blackberries??? How elitist is that??

    May 3, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Barb

    None of you had a problem when CNN was kissing obama's black a#$. Relax, if you are so certain he is the man of real "CHANGE", then he will win hands down.

    May 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. JDM

    Let Obama go. It's over for him and he knows it. It doesn't do any good to say 'i support obama" and then trash Hillary Clinton and her supporters and those who haven't even made up their mind yet.

    Also, trying to invent scandals that don't exist in an effort to counterbalance Obama's scandals won't work. People are not that stupid. It's pathetic for you and it's pathetic for obama.

    OBAMA-WRIGHT is what you would get if he ever became President, but there is liitle chance now that he will. I never thought he could win the nomination considering that he doesn't represent much of America, only a certain part of it. Hillary has been involved with almost everyone from every walk of life in the US.

    It's a lost cause and you might as well accept that now.

    May 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Jerry

    Hillary got booed at the Jefferson Dinner why is CNN reporting this on comment board or the news station that tell you that CNN bias against Obama

    May 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Julie

    Well at least Chelsea Clinton gets out and talks with the public, Michelle Obama cannot be out on her own because she cant control her dislike for the American people, we are mean and lazy, She on the other hand is one scary hate-filled women, She has ruined her whole life with her hate, anger, and resentment that she feeds each sunday. I feel bad for their daughters, they are being taught how to hold grudges and hate their fellow Americans. They have flawed judgement.

    May 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Ricardo Williams

    Hilary should not have been allowed to run for President because her husband or maybe he is her Daddy Bill already served time as President. It seems that America has a Royal family when it comes to who run for President. One day I will raise my entire family to take turns at the Presidency. Here is Clinton strategy kissed up to the Republicans because sadly if McCain wins he will appoint Hilary to be his Vice President. Sorry Hilary you have know legs. You lean on Bill and you suck up to McCain. Hand Hilary a bone.

    May 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. georgia jones

    Chelsea actually had dates? Wow, first time for everything

    May 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Frank

    Hillary Clinton reminds me of Imelda Marcos but with out the shoes.

    May 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. strong

    Very basic, bubble-gum advice from Hillary about how to raise a kid. Being rich and busy with oh-so important careers, she no doubt had nannies and hirelings raise Chelsea.

    Still, considering the lacklustre choice of presidential candidates available, she is still the BEST choice.

    May 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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