May 22nd, 2008
11:25 AM ET
10 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

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soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. Obama08 but...

    Well, according to our standards of experience, she will be well qualified being she lived in the White House before and is the daughter of the president. I won't be surprised if they have her running for president in 8 years based on all of these "qualifications". I used to love the Clintons but between all the lies, setting the stage for Al Gore's failure at election (thus getting us into Iraq), the way they have run Hillary's campaign, taken illegal contributions and denying everything (Paul vs. HRC, look it up) I can't believe these people have a spotlight in this great country's political process.

    May 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. David

    "a natural campaigner who may one day follow her parents into the family business." That is what this country needs more of, natural campaigners. So what if they don't care about the country and its direction, just as long as they are a natural campaigner, they are fit to lead the greatest country on the face of the earth.

    May 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. JJ

    I hate the people that say we need change from the last two Presidential dynasties. Last time I checked Bill Clinton was the only Clinton in office. Yes, we do need change but change from the current Republican administration. Bill Clinton did not bring this country to the ground, Bush did.

    May 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Cry Baby

    Just what we need is another cry baby Clinton running for office...The writing is on the wall....Clinton's no more.....

    May 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Lorna, NY

    Oh God, please, not another Clinton...I can't stand it!

    May 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Be NICE & KIND people

    People be NICE and KIND. Be objective and FAIR. Clintons have done great things for this country. Don't forget that. And they are human just like you and me. What have you done for your country???

    May 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Debra

    I am more concerned about how to finish this election vs. the prospect of Chelsea Clinton perhaps being interested somewhere down the road.

    Hillary Clinton simply cannot be VP no matter how much she wants it because of her attacks against Obama and her continuation of divisiveness.

    She does deserve something for coming in so strong though. I think she needs to be offered a Cabinet position. Either Attorney General or in charge of Health Care. If she is willing to put together and promote Obama's plans.

    Hopefully that will placate her supporters and give her the due respect without compromising an Obama presidency where he really needs to have someone as VP who supports him whole heartedly.

    May 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Amy Kathleen

    Please God No. This country is not a monarchy, nor is this Cuba, have we not already seen what a disaster it is to vote for someone because their father or husband was president? The Clintons really need to let go, maybe buy a small island with all their wealth where they can govern the population as a monarchy, which is what they want to do here, and let the rest of us move on.

    May 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. American Patriot


    May 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. jean Bosco Franklin, SWEDEN. EKSJØ


    GO OBAMA 08

    May 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Dan (TX)

    Despite having "CLINTON" as a last name, I think Chelsea was actually more "grounded" and better than Hillary on the campaign trail.
    Perhaps Chelsea will be the first female president instead. 🙂
    Hopefully she'll marry someone far outside of Bill and Hillary's influence and vices. 🙂

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

    Jeff Radun-

    If you like monarchies so much, perhaps you should move to England!


    May 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Vicki NH

    Obama supporters are a bunch of hypocrites. You tell everyone not to dare say anything negative about Michelle Obama but you can continually say disgusting things about Chelsea Clinton. You are only degrading yourself.

    May 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Doninpa

    WOW... A clinton again... I think she might do better that her mom.... At least she understands the power of young people to affact change. That is what these young people at GASANSWERS.COM are doing. They have a plan to lowers gas prices...and to help the oil executives remember their annual salaries.....

    May 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Jim in Asheville

    Just what America needs, another Clinton in politics. It will take America decades to recover from the first two. I'm sure that after a short lifetime of learning the ropes from her parents, young Ms. Clinton would bring the same "slash and burn" tactics to the political arena. Please, no more Clintons! We can do a lot better.

    May 22, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Rick

    Please! I for one have had more than enough of the Clintons to last my lifetime. Bill betrayed the trust of the American people with his immoral behavior in the White House, Hillary blatantly misrepresented the truth on numerous occasions (By the way, what- ever happened to her signed pledge that Florida and Michigan wouldn't count? So much for "playing by the rules, I guess."), and Chelsea's political acumen appears to consist of "It's none of your business" responses to tough questions. Perfect!

    May 22, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Maggie

    Jake, that is my exact thought about you Obama supporters, only Chelsea hasn't gotten to the Kool-Aid table yet. Perhaps your office is serving Kool-Aid, better hurry...go...go...go

    May 22, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. Emma

    If Chelsea decide to go into politics then she must talk to the media and no questions are out of bound. She went to colleges, there is a bigger world outside of college/universities.

    Good luck! I wonder if she will carry baggage from her mom and dad?

    May 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Michael

    Please no more Clintons.

    May 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. ExPat

    Chelsea could run on the Marcel Marceau party ticket. Stand there, move your hands and don't say a thing. I think she took her dad's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to new heights. A fine example of an elitist attitude if there ever was one! No mo' Bubba!

    May 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. roger

    Great. Youngsters getting involved in political process and running for office is good for our country. After all, they represent the future and must have a say in how we rule

    May 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. SIS

    Bill....Just forget the WH. You are banned for life because of your indecent activities in oval office. Sorry you can not use either Hillary or Chelse to live in WH.

    May 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. MD

    Ted Kennedy's senate seat shoulg be open shortly. They elect anybody in MA.

    May 22, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. BosnianSniper

    Fuggedaboudit!!!! Still a Clinton, still would never get a vote from me! She learned from 2 of the biggest frauds in US history, afterall. When Hitlery finally admits defeat, move to Dahrfur and take Hitlery and Smellsea with you!

    NO MORE CLINTONS '08-eternity

    May 22, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Mike from Westchester

    Hey all – cut Chelsea a little slick – no reason to be mean spirited!

    Should she talk to the press? Yes
    Is she a potential future Presidential candidate? extremely premature
    Are there other excellent women out there? no doubt
    Are there too many grey haired white guys running the show? absoutely, just look at the Senate

    But its our fault – we keep voting them in – over and over

    I was just at an high level training event in my industry – this is CEO training for the up and comers. 70% white males, 28% white females (this industry is somewhat female friendly), and 2% other. This problem exists throughout our society.

    Stop focusing on gender and race. Stop making sexist and racist comments. That is part of the problem and, as frequently happens, is going to result in the most mediocre of the three candidates left, the old white guy, ending up in the White House.

    May 22, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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