Chelsea Faces Campaign's Rough Side

Tough questions start flying around youngest Clinton
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2008 8:34 AM CDT
Hillary Rodham Clinton, campaigns with her daughter Chelsea at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., Thursday, April 17, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Until recently, the campaign trail has been a generally hospitable place for Chelsea Clinton. She never talks to reporters, and her rallies generally attract fawning Clinton supporters lobbing softball questions. But as the race heats up, the questions are becoming more pointed, as is the scrutiny, the Los Angeles Times reports. Some of the stories Clinton tells on the campaign trail strain credulity.

Clinton once spoke of two children asking “with terror in their eyes” what would become of Social Security, a tale one blogger called “stunning in its absurdity.” Meanwhile, when questioners have brought up the Lewinsky saga, or challenged her on policy points, Clinton has fielded the questions ably. “She handled it well without getting offensive,” said one audience member. “She’s just as dynamic as her mother and father.”