Chelsea Clinton: 'The most important election of my lifetime'

Chelsea Clinton chats with Mabel Walbruch after speaking to a group at a Rochester home on Sunday.
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More than 250 Hillary Clinton supporters crowded into Rachel and Kyle Bohman's southwest Rochester home to hear Chelsea Clinton speak Sunday night in the run-up to Super Tuesday.

"I believe this is the most important election of my lifetime," the self-described "very proud daughter" told her enthusiastic audience. "And this is my first election as a mom. I worry everything I care about is at risk."

She has one child and is currently pregnant with her second.

She urged the crowd to go to Tuesday's Caucus and bring everyone they know.

Clinton emphasized that the future direction of the Supreme Court is a crucial component of this election. The next president will likely choose one or two Supreme Court justices. The court will make critical decisions about everything from gun control, to discrimination to big money in politics.


She took a moment to generally address the raucous Republican rhetoric on the primary campaign trail.

"They are almost normalizing hate speech. I find it profoundly disturbing," Clinton said. Talk of creating a list of all Muslims and of building a wall around the country is "horrifying."

One person in the crowd told Clinton that her 82-year father, who has always voted Republican, said he might not vote in this election, after the last GOP debate.

Spurring whoops and cheers, she added, "And then he said, 'Come to think of it, Hillary has some good ideas.'"

Clinton followed that by saying that if you don't want to vote because you are disgusted or angered by the campaign, that's exactly when you should vote.

A 17-old-year old girl in the crowd told Clinton that she is a peer educator at Planned Parenthood and she wanted to know about the often-embattled organization's future.

"It's important that we all care about Planned Parenthood. We need to do everything we can to protect it," she said.

Gail Julius, who works with the national Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense organization, asked about Clinton's stance on gun control.


Chelsea said gun control is one of the issues where Hillary Clinton and her opponent Bernie Sanders diverge. Chelsea Clinton said Sanders voted against the Brady gun control bill four times, before eventually supporting it. He also voted for blanket immunity for the gun manufacturers, before later opposing it.

She also stressed the need to fix the Charleston Loophole, which allowed the Charleston mass murderer to buy a gun even though his record should have prevented it. Gun dealers can sell to a buyer if they have initiated a background check and the FBI has not contacted them within three business days. Before the Charleston shooting, it was called the "default proceed" rule.

Early in her speech, Clinton brought up the issue that many watch closely in southeastern Minnesota — health care.

"My mother now can joke, which I think is healthy, that before it was called Obamacare, it was called HillaryCare," she said referencing her mother's failed bid for national health care in the 1990s.

After the talk, she answered a question about the future of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. It is under constant attack from the Republican-led Congress.

"We need to defend the Affordable Care Act," Clinton said. "And then we need to do more… to get to 100 percent coverage."

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