May 14th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Navy denies Chelsea Clinton access to former firing range

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Chelsea Clinton has been campaigning for her mom in Puerto Rico since Tuesday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Navy denied Chelsea Clinton access to a former firing range in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, Navy officials said.

The Navy rejected the request because U.S. law forbids campaigning on federal property and because the Navy allows only people clearing the Vieques range of ordinance to enter the area, the officials said. They said they did not know what Clinton planned to do there.

The U.S. Navy used the long-controversial Vieques range - the majority of the island of Vieques - for bombing and artillery practice until May of 2003. It was the target of frequent protests by Puerto Ricans who objected to its use. It is now federal property being cleaned of unexploded ordnance.

Clinton - who has been campaigning for her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton - is in the U.S. territory ahead of its June 1 primary. It is the largest prize left for the Democratic candidates.

Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, is also due to campaign there.

Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. louiec, MO

    Republicans blogging like Democrats get ready to fight for McCain very shortly. This is going to be great!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. steve

    Hillary got cheated on in her own marriage and didnt do anything in her defense....and you people think this lady can run a whole country? she just grinned and beared it. So the next time America gets attacked, what will she do? Most likely grin and bear it. She's a push over. She goes to what is best for her at the momment. Its been pointed out she changes her views left and right whenever it is convienent for her. Barrack has taken the higher road most of this campaign while hillary has been a cheap shot artist. People who will vote for mccain over barrack might as well say bush was the best president ever. The gas tax holiday is a joke. He has no real economic strategy that ive heard. He wants us in iraq for the next 100 years and we know how much that will cost. For those who say if not Clinton then Mccain, you must be the uneducated no college grads that hillary has fallen in love with.

    May 14, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. A.Masabo Canada

    WOW !

    May 14, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Helene

    Go home Chelsea, you are wasting your time and your mother's money.

    May 14, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. TJP

    Barrack Obama. A regular Forest Gump. Run Barrack Run. He runs and hides from one on one debates with Hillary. He runs and hides from Reverend Wright. He didn't know what Wright said for 20 years? How come it only took his supporter Oprah 2 years to leave the same church? Run Barrack Run.

    May 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |


    May 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Phil From VA

    Where is the articel about new superdelegates?????? CNN, stop being partial. Do your job.

    May 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Eli

    Still clinging to those guns huh? Do the Clintos have any shame? Way to go Navy!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. think people


    Um...unless you think Obama has a magic watch to hypnotize the millions of people who voted for him with, I'm thinking you might reconsider your analysis. Besides–Wright and Obama do not work in tandem, and Obama is not the candidate who has been proven to lie and pander...repeatedly. Pay attention and think if you expect to be taken seriously.

    May 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. GL

    Why did she not serve in Iraq??

    May 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. mike

    Maybe she wanted to go onto the island so she could later claim she was bombed while campaigning for her mother.

    May 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. NO-BAMA





    May 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. carrie

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
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    May 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Relevant

    You know I skimmed to the bottom and I really don't have any comment on this other than to ask:

    Did Mom and her campaign managers realize that there is potentially live, unexploded ordnance there?? Why would they put Chelsea in harm's way like that??

    May 14, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. k

    I really don't understand why Puerto Rico matter's. I know that HRC will win the primary but I hope the superdelegates are not considering this to be vaild or count because when I was watching CNN last night, a representative from Puerto Rico said that they can vote in the primary but not in the general election. I'm not trying to disenfranchise anyone but if they can't vote in the general election why do they get a say so in who the candidate should be.

    May 14, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Billy Gibbons in Houston

    There are no people in the firing range and Puerto Rico is not a state.
    WHY was she there?

    May 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Debbie

    Send Chelsea to Iraq – her mother voted for the war – she might be mroe help there???

    May 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Linda

    Seems like Chelsa is as informed as her Mother about U.S. law.

    May 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Von Bismark VIENNA


    May 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. stop the madness

    These Clintons are all over the place thinking they are the exception to ALL the rules. They have the nerves to think that EVERYTHING and EVERBODY should change to suit them and their needs, well guess what this is a NEW DAY and the sooner you all realize this the sooner this whole process can go on. These Clintons got the whole nation held hostage in one way or the other. For sure the Democratic Party and the rest of us that have ventured over to support Obama.

    It's time to pack it up, it's time to understand you all are not the superdogs you think you are, it's only her supporters that have not comprehended this, I only wish they would hurry and send the money she needs to recoup her losts so that she can go her way, but I'm sure they won't , they just talk a good game. It'll be Obama that will have to step up and bail her out i just hope he only pays the venders that she owes leaving her to her own losses.

    liar, liar pansuit on fire!!

    May 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Adam

    I keep hearing that Obama's supporters are generally more educated and you would think smarter than Hillary supporters. Then I look at comments like many of those above (not all) and just wonder where these voters are. Obama NEEDS the vast majority of Hillary supporters in order to be even competitive with McCain, so I would stop with the petty insults of a candidate many Hillary supporters adore.

    May 14, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Dina

    I have a far more intriguing question when it comes to Chelsea "I'm A Grown Woman Now" Clinton...does she or does she not have a 6-figure income based on employment which requires to actually be of service to someone other than her mother's campaign?

    What kind of job does Ms. Clinton have that allows her to make 10x as much money as those good folks of WV and KY (whom she, mom and dad relate to so well and can feel their pain) yet not show up to work on a regular basis because she stumping for and with mom and dad? I'm sure there are plent of smart, hardworking people with college degrees who would love to work where Chelsea does and whom likely has some of the best medial insurance benefits in the country. So forgive me if her trying to prance onto a restricted miliatry base in Puerto Rico pales in comparison to this a substantive question in need of an answer. Anyone?

    May 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Sandy

    Adam, I couldn't have said it better myself.

    May 14, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Freida NYC, don't accuse Obama supporters of calling you uneducated, low income and hard working white people, where have you been when your girl (HILLARY) continue to say that about her supporters, and how can you support some one as I said before that thinks so little of you, do you not here her in her speaches I have heard her say that and I sat there and said "that is unreal" well I hope they are intelligent enough to know she is dropping an insult, and I hope they are intellegent enough to know that she is really not one of them, well I guess you really don't know that.

    May 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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