Chelsea Clinton May Consider Career in Politics
Chelsea Clinton speaks during a panel discussion regarding technologies for economic empowerment at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, September 22, 2011. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
By CNN Political Unit
(CNN) — Despite her famed political lineage, Chelsea Clinton has adamantly refused stepping into the political arena. Now, however, Clinton’s answer on her political ambitions is less definitive.
Asked if she would consider jumping into politics, Clinton — daughter of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton — is now saying, “I don’t know.”
“Before my mom’s campaign I would have said no. Not because it was something I had thought a lot about but because people have been asking me that my whole life,” Clinton, speaking of her mother’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid, said in an interview for the September issue of Vogue.
“And now I don’t know. . . . I mean, I have voted in every election that I have been qualified to vote in since I turned eighteen,” Clinton continued.
In the interview, Clinton talked about her relationship with her famed parents and unique up-bringing, noting how sometimes afterschool conversations focused on a budget fight and occasionally being pulled out of class for signings of international peace treaties.
“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,” said Clinton, who is also a contributor for NBC News.
Clinton, who spent her teenage years in the White House, said of her celebrity status and previous reluctance to enter into the public eye, “Historically I deliberately tried to lead a private life in the public eye,” she continued, “And now I am trying to lead a purposefully public life.”
Clinton will moderate political panels at both party conventions in Charlotte and Tampa.
Her father is slated to enter President Obama into nomination at the Democratic National Convention in September, a high-profile speaking slot for the popular former president.