March 28th, 2008
08:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Chelsea: Mom will be a better president than dad

Chelsea Clinton says she thinks her mom would be the better president.
Chelsea Clinton says she thinks her mom would be the better president.

(CNN) - It's a topic that would likely make for awkward conversation at a Clinton family dinner: Who would be the better president, Bill or Hillary?

But daughter Chelsea Clinton made her position on the matter clear Friday, saying unequivocally that she thinks her mom will make a better president than her dad.

"I don't take anything for granted, but hopefully with Pennsylvania's help, she will be our next president, and yes, I do think she'll be a better president," the former first daughter said during a campaign event in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

She did not elaborate on just why she thinks her mom would be the better commander-in-chief, but the former president himself made similar statements to an Israeli TV interviewer last November.

Bill Clinton said then he thought his wife would make the better president because she is more experienced than he was in 1992.

"In some ways she would be (better) because of what we did together," he said then. "First, she has the Senate experience I didn't have. Second, she would have had the eight years in the White House."

"I think she wouldn't make as many mistakes because, you know, we're older and more mature, and she is far more experienced now in all the relevant ways than I was when I took office," he added. "So I think in a way she has the best of both worlds."

No word on where Hillary herself comes down on the issue.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Chelsea Clinton
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Claire

    Frank good question and who is the better one to make up stories.Can't wait to see what story she will come up with next and how many more lies .The Clinton's think they r better then anyone period..That is the attitude they have and they don't like to loose period .Hillary is very sneaky and foany and Bill well another story...

    March 28, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Brian

    I'm sold a 20 something year old daughter who wont take any questions from the press says her mommy will do better than her daddy!

    Great News!

    March 28, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. Belle

    I have to say something to OBAMA backers calling for Hillary to QUIT.

    Hillary DID NOT ASK OBAMA TO QUIT after Super Tuesday....did she?

    There are 10 Primaries Left.

    HILLARY 08 YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 28, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. George Newell

    She might make a better president than Bill but Barack will be better than either.

    March 28, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  5. Susan

    Don't underestimate women.

    March 28, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Democrat in CA

    If Obama gets nominated, I will vote for McCain

    March 28, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. Billy Bluxton

    1+1=2. Do the math. Obama=Our President.

    March 28, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. AJ

    What is Hillary Clinton's experience, really? She's been an elected official fewer years than Barack Obama.

    If she was so experienced, why didn't she run in 2000? Because everyone knew that being a the past First Lady didn't qualify as legitimate experience. So she became a senator instead. All along, Barack Obama was working his way up the ranks from the Illinois Senate to the U.S. Senate.

    March 28, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. TOTALLY DESPERATE ! !

    JESUS ARE THE CLINTONS SO DESPERATE THEY'RE MAKING THESE STATEMENTS ??

    I GUESS IF BARBARA BUSH RUNS FOR THE SENATE NEXT YEAR SHE SHOULD BE READY TO RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY 8 YEARS FROM NOW . . . GIVE ME A BREAK

    HILLARY QUIT NOW !!!!!!! OBAMA '08

    March 28, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. Leila

    She will sure be a better president than Barack Obama!!!
    NO = Not Obama!!!

    March 28, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Petra

    What else do we expect to come out of the mouth of a Clinton?

    It is which every Clinton is standing for office is better than the previous...

    Chelsea would probably be better than her mother in some years to come after we create the "presidential family"

    March 28, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. john

    Heh. Depends on the form it takes, I guess.

    March 28, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. Antonio Blackmon

    Clinton and Dr. Kovorkian in the same year, touche`.

    March 28, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. Gregory H. Brooklyn New York

    Good!! Maybe we'll see that in 8 years.

    March 28, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. Ls

    Vote your mom mean vote vote G.bush female, READY ON DAY1 TO LIE

    March 28, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. Jim Moore

    Pathetic just quit Hillbilly just quit!!!!!

    March 28, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. Lynne

    Hillary still has a big fighting chance......I'd rather have someone in there that I know loves this country, each and everyone of us , all races ,and loves the democratic process, without a fettish for Marxism.

    GO HILL!!

    March 28, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Patrick, Chicago, IL

    I didn't know Chelsea could see the future. Maybe we should elect her.

    March 28, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. aware

    I agree Chelsea with you and your dad!

    Hillary 08 or McCain! :)

    Obama has a lopsided view of race and of America! He has nothing to teach but a lot to learn! His story just keeps changing....

    He is not electable!

    March 28, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  20. d.c.lacy

    In this e-mail you failed to mention who Chelsea Clinton was referring too. Please provide the entire Q&A forum for this topic so we can verify she is saying her mom would make a better president than her dad, and not than Obama.
    I am a Republican supporter, but hate to see political analysts (no matter their affilitation) print only the text that supports their beliefs. I honestly believe Chelsea Clinton would not support one parent over the other and find it hard to believe she is not speaking of Obama when referring to Pennsylvania.
    - dclacy in Honolulu

    March 28, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  21. Marc Gendron

    I agree that Chelsea's mom would be a better President than Bill or Obama.

    Hil has aways been the brain behind Bill's presidency.

    As for Obama, I think Leahy, Casey, Richardson should just shut up and let this process play out. What is the rush?

    Hillary in '08

    GO HIL!!!!

    March 28, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. charlee

    As a Hilary support, I am glad to see Chelsea express her confidence in her mother. She has her own reason why she believes she will be better than Bill and that's none of our business should she choose not to say. As for the comments regard ML, get past it, what happened happened and that's it. In addition, regardless is Hillary wins or not, I would like to see her go till the very end, she is no quitter nor is she the one who is causing problems with the Democratic Party. Isn't this Democracy, is that what America stands for, well then quit trying to take her right away. I'm sure that Mr. Obama would want to press on would he have been in the same situation and I'm sure his supporters would feel the same.

    March 28, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. james

    because of you Obama nuts, John McCain (Bush wannabe) is gonna win and this country will sink even more into the abiss......it will be all on you...no matter what bill did this country was run the way it should be run. just get your sons and husbands ready to fight McCain's wars cause thats where we are headed.

    March 28, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. Sue

    We could all take bets to see if Hillary would get impeached in a shorter time than it too Bill.

    March 28, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  25. Lin

    Hillary has much more experience than Obama. It is very scary that someone with his lack of experience and judgement could be put into office by voters that are "wishing" and "hoping" that all of the issues that need to be dealt with in this country will be "overcome" if Obama says so. Very unrealistic people!! The fun and games are over....let's get real!!

    March 28, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
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