Chelsea Clinton campaigns for Mom, buys a coffee on Church Street

BURLINGTON - Chelsea Clinton looked at home last Friday as she strolled along Church Street in the single-digit weather without hat and gloves. While mom was busy in Texas, Ohio, and Rhode Island, Clinton stopped for the morning to drum up some last-minute support before Tuesday's primary. But cold weather did not result in cold remarks about Mom's opponent, Barack Obama. Instead, Clinton spoke only of family, and hoped to sway a few voters by speaking positively about what her parents have done for the country. Clinton ducked questions from reporters about policy initiatives and her mother's campaign tactics. Clinton arrived at Church Street around 10 a.m., where she was welcomed by over one hundred campaign supporters, waving signs that read "Hillary for President." She proceeded to walk along the Marketplace with former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin. Although the welcome was warm, the crowd was littered with Barack supporters. Last week, New Jersey-based firm Rasmussen Reports released a poll that showed Obama leading in Vermont by over 24 percentage points. Additionally, Obama received endorsements last Thursday from over 40 Vermont legislators. Before heading up to UVM's Davis Student Center, Clinton made two stops for a hot drink. First, she ducked inside of Uncommon Grounds for a peppermint tea, and then dropped in at the Penny Cluse Cafe for a coffee. At the Davis center, Clinton tried to drum up support among college-aged voters. "I passionately support my mother," said Clinton. "I hope we are all biased toward our parents. I would like to try and talk to you about what's on your mind as a voter, as a young person, as you think about whom to support." Clinton stayed for an hour, fielding questions from students, her answers swimming with praise for her mother. When the questions turned to health care, she specifically referenced Dr. Dynasaur, a health care program providing insurance for children under the age of 18 and pregnant women. "When universal health care wasn't achieved, she didn't give up," said Clinton. "She kept pushing to expand health care. It's what resulted in the children's health insurance program, something you know as Dr. Dynasaur here in Vermont." Despite polls showing that the economy has become the most pressing issue in the campaign, Clinton took on issues like the war in Iraq, trade agreements and taxes. Senator Clinton needed a "super" Tuesday if her campaign was to succeed, and Chelsea said that looking to far into the future -- i.e., debating with McCain and choosing cabinet members -- would be premature and foolish. "We don't take anything for granted in my family," she added. "I don't really see past March fourth. I hope with the support of Texas and Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island, that my mother will be in a position to select a Cabinet."

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