Chelsea Clinton Keeps Cool Amid Hecklers

By Jennifer Parker

Feb 22, 2008 3:34pm

ABC News’ Sarah Amos Reports: While campaigning for her mother today in Texas, Chelsea Clinton kept her cool while speaking to a crowd at the San Antonio Community College despite being heckled by numerous Obama supporters and a fervent anti-abortion activist.

"Some of you have questions, I see on signs," Chelsea said, adding "I would like to have a conversation, and if we get interrupted we will keep having a conversation."

Chelsea calmly ignored the chants of "Obama, Obama" that carried on sporadically through the first 20 minutes or so of the event.

It was harder to ignore the man holding the "Democrats Let’s End Abortion" sign. As the man continued to shout at Chelsea, a woman in the audience tried to come to the former first daughter’s defense by yelling at the man and telling him to just ask his question and stop interrupting.

One of Senator Hillary Clinton’s number one surrogates, Chelsea Clinton has been on the road nearly everyday, doing her best to secure votes for her mother.

Chelsea does her best to stick to the issues her mother cares about. Her answers are thoughtful and detailed. But today Chelsea couldn’t resist taking a swipe at Sen. Barack Obama during a question about her mother’s voting record on Iran.

"Well I’m proud that she showed up to vote on that. Which is a difference, it is a difference," Chelsea told a young man in the crowd, who had asked how her mother had voted to consider the Iranian Revolutionary Army a terrorist organization. 

Senator Barack Obama chose to skip that vote, something Chelsea was happy to remind the crowd of. 

"I’m proud that she stands up and takes a stand on tough issues. And on this, this is something that doesn’t lend itself to soundbites," continued Chelsea.

The former first daughter started the event by asking the crowd to join her in a moment of silence for the Dallas police officer killed while riding a motorcycle in her mother’s motorcade today.

"And I just want to extend my condolences to the officer’s family and to the members of the Dallas police department," Chelsea said, "So please just join me in a moment of silence as we honor his sacrifice and our men and women in uniform across the country and across the world."

The crowd, many of whom were waiting for an hour before Chelsea arrived, were all eager to get in their questions. Many with raised hands grumbled if Chelsea passed them over, prompting her to pacify the crowd by saying, "I’m just doing an unscientific rotation."

When she was done with the event Chelsea shook the hands of those who stuck around through the full hour of Q&A.  Chelsea finished off her San Antonio visit with a lunch stop at a local Mexican restaurant, shaking hands and signing posters with all the lunch patrons. 

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