May 22nd, 2008
11:25 AM ET
7 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. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    Actually I'm hoping Obama's girls go into politics! The Obamas are honest and really care about this country! OBAMA 08

    May 22, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Bobby

    I hope not !!!! I have a five year old daughter and a three year old son who will have to vote in the next 15-20 years. I don't want them to make the same mistake that "some" voters are doing already!!!!!!

    OBAMA 2008-2012

    May 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Rick in Florida

    HO HUM. This definitely falls into the WHO GIVES A ........ category.

    May 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Kate

    Wow, these comments are harsh (but kind of funny). I am a bit tired of the Clinton/Bush dynasties going on here. If she has what it takes down the road, run...whatever. But I'm sure alot of other talented and educated women out there deserve just as much of a chance as Chelsea. It would be better to have someone who has a fresher outlook on politics, someone untaited by former political philosophy, and someone not influenced by her parents. While I am a Demo, I would prefer someone else (to say the least).

    May 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Maybe Chelsea can run for President against Jenna Bush some day. And the winner can dissolve Congress and institute a monarchy and be done with the pretense.

    May 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. WIll

    I think she can do whatever she wants. If people vote for her and she really wants to serve the people, then more power to her. I tell you this much, she will have to learn how to tactfully field hard questions, thats for darned sure.

    I always thought she was cute. Is that sexist?

    May 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Indiana Ed

    Why don't all you Clinton bashers go to hell...

    May 22, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. richard

    if she wants that life ok chelsea clinton is ok young and fresh... may be the first female president. i can vote for chelsea but hillary no way i,ve seen how hungry she is for power.

    May 22, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Helene

    Yeah the dynasty continues. Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and on and on ...

    May 22, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Tired of the Clintons

    WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??????? Haven't the American public endured enough???? Clintons find your true calling......please for the sake of all of us and our children!!!!

    May 22, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. fred

    GO TO HILLARYCLINTON.COM........SEND E-MAIL TO RULES COMMITTEE ALL VOTES SHOULD COUNT

    May 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. James

    We love you Bill and the whole family! If the Obama fad-lovers on this site had the brains that you have the Dems would already have Hillary in place to be the nominee. But don't worry, we can get there without them if they really want it that way.

    Thanks for all you have done for the Dems and for our country!

    May 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. KiloWhiskey

    She should start stocking up on pant sutis now!

    May 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Don't corrupt her like you did with Hillary. She coulda been a contender! :(

    May 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Former Obama supporter

    Well, the haters are certainly out today. Man, you all were bending over for Bill back in the 90s. What happened? I guess you drank the kool-aid.

    May 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. Grant

    God NO, JUST GO AWAY CLINTONS!!!!

    May 22, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Art

    PLEASE CLINTONS GO AWAY AND LEAVE THE WORLD ALONE!

    May 22, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Jro

    Good.she is a young person and will not be like her parents..hopefully..
    And hey hillary..here's some good news for you..
    There maybe a woman president,and she maybe a clinton and she maybe your daughter.
    So don't give up that women's crusade!

    May 22, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. james from brooklyn

    Like they say, BILL is really a great politician.......he knows how to make ppl move, i think he just declare chelsea. interest in politic......give it another 3 to 6 month and you'll see chelsea name.......running for something.....i'm sure she has lot of experiece........she campaign so diligently for her mom.......she even ducked sniper fire in bosnia........yep she has been veted.......lol.........i guess if you are not a bush or a kennedy, being and the white house or an elected official is going to be tough.........lucky for us clinton has only one kid.......imagine if he had 10..........

    let's go Obama

    May 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Alan Boyer

    Perhaps Chelsea can be effective sans her parents' ruthless tactics.

    May 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    I think that Chelsea has plenty of experience in politics. She's been putting up with Bill and Hillary's crap since she was born!

    I'd vote for her if she ditches her parents. They're a bad influence on her, especially Bill.

    May 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. We love you Good bye

    I hope she will have a better answer than "none of your business" You are already campaigning for her, gues good choice mom will not make it

    May 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Corey

    Great, now the Clinton's will be out 42nd, 44th, and 47th president.

    Don't you just love political dynasties?

    May 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. KASHINDI FROM SA

    God has visited the Clinton family to produce one of the best political machine in the history of american politics. Yet the child of the clinton family is prepared from the childhood to take one the world's preferred job. May Americans pray for her. However, her Mom should try to support the would likely be the democratic nominee Obama at this particular point in time if she is willing to make for her child a better road because of her image which was discredited.

    May 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. White Female Democrat in PA

    WOW and this is News CNN?! More like a nightmare.

    Obama/Sebelius '08 & '12

    May 22, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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