Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton bopped Bernie Sanders, bought children’s toys and portrayed her mother as a gushing grandmother – who sings ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ to baby Charlotte – as she made her first campaign swing through New Hampshire today.
At a stop in Manchester, she warned that Sanders, who is ahead in the polls of her mother in the first primary state, would hurt health care.
‘Sen. Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the CHIP program, dismantle Medicare, and dismantle private insurance,’ Clinton said.
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Chelsea Clinton’s first event was a subdued discussion about early childhood education, which took place at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire
She also played up her mom’s grandmother status through the day – and her own status as someone who will vote as a mother for a first time in November.
At a quick stop at a local business in Portsmouth, Clinton walked into G. Willikers, a 37-year-old toy store.
‘Where are all the Elmo things?’ Clinton said upon entering, noting that Elmo is the second thing baby Charlotte says every morning.
Clinton, who announced she was pregnant with her second child last month, said she never expected ‘one of the great gifts’ of having her first child would be to watch her parents become grandparents.
‘In part because I don’t remember them with me as an infant or a toddler,’ Chelsea Clinton noted.
‘And so watching how much they love my daughter and how interested and engaged they are in every aspect of her life, whether they’re feeding … her or singing to her, she loves “Wheels on the Bus,” that’s a big family activity,’ Chelsea Clinton said.
The claim that Hillary sings The Wheels On the Bus has been aired repeatedly by Chelsea since September, when she named it in interviews with People Magazine and the Today show.
Today she pivoted to make a political point too, agreeing, at the suggestion of the audience member who asked the question, that becoming a grandmother only deepened Hillary Clinton’s resolve in the area of early childhood education.
Chelsea Clinton said one of her earliest memories was her mother doing work on early childhood education. ‘That was more than 30 years ago,’ Clinton noted
Throughout the wonky talk, Chelsea Clinton noted some of her mom’s policy prescriptions – from universal pre-K to tax credits that will go toward early childhood education
Chelsea Clinton started her campaign swing in New Hampshire today participating in a wonkish conversation about early childhood education.
The young Clinton participated in a panel discussion in Concord, New Hampshire, at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, telling the audience that one of her earliest memories of her mother was Hillary Clinton working on the issue.
‘That was more than 30 years ago,’ Chelsea Clinton noted.
She ticked off some of her mother’s policy ideas, including universal pre-kindergarten and tax credits for working families so that they can pay for preschool and other early educational opportunities, telling the small, subdued crowd that this was why she was such a ‘staunch supporter’ of her mom.
’80 percent of our brains are built by the time they’re three,’ Chelsea Clinton said.
Today’s trek through the Granite State marks Chelsea Clinton’s first solo swing for her mother, whose campaign has been plagued by tighter and tighter poll numbers in both New Hampshire and Iowa.
Before today Chelsea Clinton has played an understated, yet more vocal, role in her mom’s campaign – doing breezy media appearance like one on Ellen, where she was gifted an Elmo-meets-Ready for Hillary wagon for daughter Charlotte by the talk show host.
Like mom, she’s appeared on Live with Kelly and Michael too.
Unleashed: Chelsea Clinton hit the campaign trail for her mother today – marking the first solo swing the former first daughter is making this cycle
And has been spotted alongside chief Clinton aide Huma Abedin at several events.
However, Chelsea Clinton has yet to attend a Democratic debate.
Flashback to eight years ago and it was a much more guarded Chelsea.
The former first daughter refused to talk to reporters at all, even as she started stumping for her mom on the campaign trail in the run-up to the Iowa Caucuses, as Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign was gaining steam.
In December 2007 Chelsea Clinton memorably brushed off a nine-year-old ‘kid reporter’ for Scholastic News.
‘Do you think your dad would be a good “first man” in the White House?’ the petite reporter had asked.
‘I’m sorry, I don’t talk to the press and that applies to you, unfortunately,’ Chelsea Clinton replied. ‘Even though I think you’re cute.’