Ryan Chartrand

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham-Clinton, will be speaking at Cal Poly Friday afternoon. The 27-year-old will give a speech at 5:30 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium, according to Associated Students, Inc.

The visit is one in a series of visits Clinton has made to California universities in the last few weeks. Earlier this month, Clinton made surprise visits at UC San Diego, UCLA and Stanford, her alma mater.

The proposal of a Clinton visit was put before ASI just yesterday, and the organization spent most of Thursday struggling to confirm arrangements for the daughter of the Democratic presidential candidate.

With Election Day quickly approaching and California primaries a vital force behind the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton has taken a rare step into the limelight to subtly call attention to her mother’s bid.

However, Clinton is not coming specifically to endorse her mother’s candidacy; her speech will reportedly focus primarily on the importance of the youth vote.

“Personally, I’m an Obama fan but I think it’s wonderful she’s making an effort to reach young voters,” said Erica Janoff, president of Cal Poly Democrats.

After the speech, students are encouraged to stay for a question and answer session.

“It’ll be a great opportunity to ask her questions if she’ll answer them; I wish more candidates took an interest in Cal Poly,” said Brian Eller, a materials engineering senior and former treasurer for Cal Poly Republicans.

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