Chelsea Clinton seems to be hinting at a possible future in politics once again.
“I live in a city and a state and a country where I support my elected representatives. If at some point that weren’t the case, and I didn’t support my mayor or my city councilwoman or my congresswoman or either of my senators–and I’m lucky to live in a state where I have lots of women representing me, you know–maybe then I’d have to ask and answer the question for myself, and come to a different answer.”
Clinton also commented on why she had for years tended to automatically answer “No” when people had asked her whether she had intended to enter the public service life. Clinton said “People [were] always asking me [since I was a kid], ‘Do you want to go into politics?’ And for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no.”
This isn’t the first time that Chelsea Clinton has hinted she was possibly leaving the door open to a political future, and not the first time she gave the same reasoning. During a nine-day trip to Africa last year for work with the Bill, Hillary And Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the Clinton daughter gave an eerily similar answer.
In the Fast Company interview, Clinton talked about trying not to follow in both her parents’ famous footsteps, and why she is now proud to do so:
“It is frustrating, because who wants to grow up and follow their parents? I’ve tried really hard to care about things that were very different from my parents. I was curious if I could care about [money] on some fundamental level, and I couldn’t. That wasn’t the metric of success that I wanted in my life. I’ve talked about this to my friends who are doctors and whose parents are doctors, or who are lawyers and their parents are lawyers. It’s a funny thing to realize I feel called to this work both as a daughter–proudly as a daughter–and also as someone who believes that I have contributions to make.”
In an interview last year, Piers Morgan asked Bill Clinton who would make the better president, Hillary or Chelsea?
“Day after tomorrow, my wife because she’s had more experience. Over the long run, Chelsea. She knows more than we do about everything,” Clinton said.
“I feel like I’m going to school every day when we have conversations.”
While it appears more and more likely Chelsea Clinton will make a move into politics, there is still no firm idea on when it could happen. Could we be looking at the possibility of Hillary Clinton in the White House 2016 and then perhaps Chelsea Clinton a couple decades down the road?