Chelsea Clinton Reopens Door to Politics

Is the frenzy around Clinton 2016 focused on the wrong one?

ByABC News
April 8, 2013, 11:53 AM

April 8, 2013 -- Is the frenzy around Clinton 2016 focused on the wrong one? Chelsea Clinton, the only child of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, is again opening the door to entering politics herself one day.

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"Right now I'm grateful to live in a city, in a state and a country where I strongly support my mayor, my governor, my president, my senators and my representative," Clinton said on NBC's "Today" show Monday. "If at some point that weren't true and I thought I could make a meaningful and measurably greater impact, I'd have to ask and answer that question."

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Clinton is a special correspondent for NBC News. This is just the latest flirtation with entering elected politics. In an interview this weekend with Parade Magazine she gave a similar answer saying she doesn't know if she will, but she is "grateful to live in a city, in a state, in a country where I strongly believe in the confidence and ethos of my direct elected representatives," but "if there were a time where that wasn't true and I thought that I could make a disproportionately positive impact, I'd have to ask and answer that question."

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The younger Clinton said that before her mother ran in 2008 she would have said "no," because "people have been asking me that for as long as I can remember." When asked to describe the circumstances that may make her run, she said "No, but I've never thought too far into the future."

She was also asked about her father already being governor at her current age of 33 (Clinton became governor of Arkansas at 32) and if that made her feel like a "laggard."

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"No," she answered laughing because "my father always knew what he wanted to do. And I don't. If I had one singular galvanizing ambition in life, I would try to reverse engineer toward it, but I don't. I want to make the most difference I can every single day."

In an interview with Vogue published in August she was more open to a political bid than she had been in the past, also telling the magazine, "Before my mom's (presidential) campaign I would have said no," but "now I don't know."

"I believe that engaging in the political process is part of being a good person. And I certainly believe that part of helping to build a better world is ensuring that we have political leaders who are committed to that premise. So if there were to be a point where it was something I felt called to do and I didn't think there was someone who was sufficiently committed to building a healthier, more just, more equitable, more productive world? Then that would be a question I'd have to ask and answer."

Clinton also spoke of a change in her private to public life:

"Historically I deliberately tried to lead a private life in the public eye," she told the magazine. "And now I am trying to lead a purposefully public life."

She's taken a more high profile role at the Clinton Global Initiative and she appeared this weekend with her father at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University gathering for college students in St. Louis, as well as appearing right after her mother Friday at Newsweek/The Daily Beast's Women in the World conference where she led a panel with female tech entrepreneurs urging more girls to study computer science.