This Question Has Followed Chelsea Clinton for Years
As the only child of two political giants, Chelsea Clinton has long been the focus of overwhelming public attention. There is one question in particular, though, that has followed her for much of her life, she told Variety in a new interview. She answered it (again): "Hi, I'm Chelsea Clinton, and one thing you may not know about me is I am not running for public office."
"I really am constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill in the blank: Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency," she said in a video.
Clinton, who is now 37 and has worked alongside her parents at the Clinton Foundation for years, said she was asked this question long before she became a professional herself.
"I really find this all rather hysterical, because I’ve been asked this question a lot through my life, and the answer has never changed," she said.
Clinton also explicitly stated her thoughts on Trump and the 2020 election, once again folding in the fact that no, she is not running for office.
"I clearly do not support the president and certainly hope that he is defeated in the next election. But I don't think I'm the best person for that job, so if I support everyone up to that point and think they're doing a good job, then the answer is no [on running for office]," she said.
She voices her loud support for politicians at all levels, including her representatives in New York City, yet, according to Clinton, she won’t be one of them. But, spoken like a true daughter of politicians, Clinton did leave a little room to change her mind in the future, telling Variety, "If someone steps down or something changes, I’ll then ask and answer those questions at that time."
In 2013, Clinton answered this often-asked question similarly in a CNN interview, where she said that she would reconsider a run if things went drastically wrong in the U.S.
"I'm grateful to live in a city and a state and a country where I really believe in my elected officials, and their ethos and their competencies," she said. "Someday, if either of those weren’t true, and I thought I could make more of a difference in the public sector, or if I didn't like how my city or state or country were being run, I’d have to ask and answer that question." In light of the current political climate, this former First Daughter might change her mind one day.
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