May 22nd, 2008
11:25 AM ET
6 years ago

Bill Clinton says Chelsea may go into politics

Bill Clinton says Chelsea may go into politics someday.
Bill Clinton says Chelsea may go into politics someday.

(CNN) - Is politics in Chelsea Clinton's future?

Bill Clinton says maybe.

In an interview with People Magazine, the former president said he thinks his daughter is a natural campaigner who may one day follow her parents into the family business.

"If you asked me [whether Chelsea would go into politics] before Iowa, I would have said, 'No way. She is too allergic to anything we do.' But she is really good at it," the former president said in the latest edition of the magazine

Clinton also said Chelsea was deeply upset by her mother's disappointing third-place finish in Iowa in January.

"It all changed after Iowa," he said. "She realized her mother lost Iowa 100 percent because of younger voters. She was upset, bawled, went to her employer and said, 'Look, you got to let me go or give me an indefinite leave of absence. I'm not letting my mother go down like this.' "

Read more from Bill Clinton's interview


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Chelsea Clinton
soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. tt

    We need to unite, not tear down. I personally will not ever vote for Obama, there are many reasons, however, I think Hillary is our best choice of the 3 musketeers, at least we know where she stands, and McCain, is too old.

    May 22, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Nowhere to go

    Sure, better than Obama.

    May 22, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. disenfranchised

    i think she would be great!!!

    May 22, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Mike, Las vegas, NV

    Great... Atleast she has more experience than Obama. The only difference in the experience factor with Bush and Obama is that Obama can pronounce the names of the Foreign Leaders

    May 22, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Vik

    She can do whatever she wants. I don't know why people are down on her and saying she shouldn't. Everyone has a right to go into politics if that is their desire. Even though many of us Obama supporters don't agree with how Hillary has ran her campaign, that is no reflection on Chelsea. I think all intelligent women should be encouraged to become part of the political system and try to change the male dominated sea at Washington. A lot of people who say negative things here are just republican bots.

    May 22, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. jr

    It's almost like a bad Holloween or Freddie Kruger movie. They never die, just just keep coming back for one sequel after another. The Horror, The Horror!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. oti

    Said capital No to the Press
    Paged little Miss S-L-ist
    End of the Road 4 Clinton"s says the Commoner"s
    Democracy stands taller than monarchy
    Sad song mirror against hiliarism via Billism.

    May 22, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. tango

    Are you kidding me? Chelsea? what a laugh!!! That girl is as interesting as dish water!

    May 22, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. derrick

    good for her-

    i hope she's paying attention to the mood of america, however

    we have our fill of politicians; we need more public servants

    May 22, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. White female voter

    I came to the conclusion early on in Hillary's distasteful campaign that I will never vote for a Clinton again.

    May 22, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. The Truth

    Chelsea: "Daddy why is everybody being unfair to mommy and not let her win? They let the Bush family get all their turns?"

    Bill: " Dont worry dear I took my turn, mommy will get her turn, even if we have to lie and cheat. And then after Jeb's turn it will be your turn."

    Chelsea: " Oh thank you daddy, for making America play fair."

    Bill: "Thats right dear America needs to understand that this is not a two party system...its a two family system."

    OBAMA: '08! "CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN "

    May 22, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. JohnLee

    The family business – EXACTLY the reason I don't want another Clinton in the White House. We need someone that is interested in solving problems, not running their family dynasty!

    May 22, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. virginia vento

    Are you people nuts? We are finally getting rid of these scum, we don't need any more trash.

    Go Obama......

    May 22, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. janis

    Are comments such as written by "sb" really necessary? It seems the comments on this blog have become a contest to see whose can be the most distasteful. No one on this blog knows the Clintons personally and therefore the personal attacks are unjustified. Doesn't anyone remember how much better life was when Bill was president. None of you were complaining then.

    May 22, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Amy in Woodstock, NY

    Chelsea has been taught deceit from her parents. And where is here experience? Traveling in Bosnia past sniper fire with her Mom? No thanks.

    May 22, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. stayingathomewoman

    Picking on her daughter is shameful and discusting. WOuld you like people to talk about obamas kids–i dont think sO–GROW-UP!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Bridgette-PA

    Ok, that's fine. Everyone knew it was coming. She's a Clintonite. Come on people, give her a chance. As long as she don't start no crap until AFTER Barack's SECOND TERM as President and doesn't act like her mother, she can run for any house she wants.

    May 22, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Laughing my heart out

    You guys are the best!!! You made my day in the office just reading your blogs... LOL!!!!

    May 22, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Margot

    HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT!
    CHELSEA FOR VP!
    BILL FOR FIRST LADY!

    STOP THE DINASTY!

    OBAMA, BRING THIS COUNTRY TO THE 21ST CENTURY
    BARACK THE VOTE

    May 22, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Helen

    Bill:

    Many are "Called" few are "Chosen"

    In Chelsea's case some just went.

    Chelsea is as boring as watching paint dry.

    May 22, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Jim

    What rotten comments! I can see why people want Obama. They did not learn the 8-year lesson. They deserve it .Americans don't get it!

    May 22, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Herb in Texas

    Let's see, maybe she could start out as an intern for Obama.

    Michelle should then watch out for another Lewinsky scandal. I understand Barack likes cigars.

    May 22, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. TJ Johnson

    Oh please, Lord, no!

    May 22, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Ivee

    Does anyone still believe anything Bill Clinton - or Hillary Clinton for that matter - says any more?

    May 22, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. CNN loves Hillary

    Nooooooooooooo!
    Noooooooooooooooo!
    Noooooooooooooooooo!

    May 22, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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