Chelsea Clinton says her mother is a political realist who knows when to stand and fight and when to compromise.

The younger Clinton also argued that her mother, Hillary Clinton, is the best candidate in the Democratic presidential field to “protect” the gains made in the White House under Democratic President Barack Obama.

“We have to have a president who knows when to stand their ground and when to find common ground,” said Clinton, during a campaign stop Wednesday in Omaha on her mother’s behalf.

Clinton’s visit to Nebraska comes as the State Democratic Party prepares for its March 5 caucuses. State officials hope Chelsea Clinton’s visit is the first of many presidential campaign stops in Nebraska over the next three weeks.

Hillary Clinton is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination against Bernie Sanders. She was once considered the undisputed frontrunner, before squeaking out a razor-thin win in Iowa and losing to Sanders in New Hampshire.

The nomination battle is still expected to be going strong by the time Nebraska Democrats hold their caucuses.

So far, neither Clinton nor Sanders have committed to appearing in Nebraska before the caucuses. However, Hillary Clinton did make an appearance in Omaha earlier this year.

Chelsea Clinton drew a large crowd for a presidential surrogate — or someone other than the candidate stumping on someone else’s behalf.

More than 200 people jammed into a clothing store at the Rockbrook Village Shopping Center to catch a glimpse of the former first daughter and listen to her speak. In fact, not everyone was able to get into the Four Sisters Boutique, resulting in an overflow crowd in the lobby.

Clinton is the only child of Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. She is pregnant, expecting her second child this summer. At one point, she warned the crowd that she may have to sit before the end of her speech, although she ended up standing throughout.

Chelsea Clinton noted that this is not her first trip to Nebraska. She also came to the state in 2008 to campaign on her mother’s behalf. That year, Barack Obama won both the Nebraska caucuses and, eventually, the Democratic nomination.

Chelsea Clinton never mentioned Sanders during her 45-minute appearance, but she took a subtle jab at her mother’s rival while talking about health care.

Hillary Clinton has vowed to protect and defend President Obama’s health care law known as the Affordable Care Act, while Sanders has said he would push for a more European-style universal health care system.

Chelsea Clinton noted that her mother once tried to push for universal health care during her father’s presidency, but that she failed to get it through Congress.

Now, her mother is committed to making sure that Obamacare is protected from Republican attempts to have it repealed.

“We can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” said Chelsea Clinton.

Chelsea also fielded several questions from the audience. She said she has no plans “right now” to run for political office.

One woman asked Clinton how her mother maintained her dignity in the fact of political attacks.

Chelsea Clinton noted that there has never been a time in her life when her mother wasn’t under attack in the political arena.

Her mother’s axiom, she says, is to only take seriously “criticism from serious people.”

Contact the writer: 402-444-1309, robynn.tysver@owh.com

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