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. ree

    Why not!!!

    No matter what anyone thinks about the Clintons, they really are proud to be Americans and so is their daughter.

    We don't know very much abourt Chelsea, since the Clintons did a very good job of keeping her out of the public eye until she was ready. I think she will do well in politics.

    You go Chelsea.

    May 22, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Navy Bobber

    One of the other major blogs is reporting this morning that Hillary is desperate to get on Obama's ticket as VP. She is reported to said that if that can't happen, she would consider the VP spot with McCain. Interesting idea, but Chelsea with McCain would be even more appealing to get younger voters that McCain just can't break through with.

    May 22, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Mr Fix it (

    Good for her if she really wishes to run one day.
    As a young lady you can only admire that ambition only and only if it is truly comming from her.

    Curious though... If Chelsea should run today what would be her experience – " I was the president kid at the white house for 8 years, i listened to my father make/receive some phone calls of national security, foreign policy and economy... and by the way i also campaigned for my mother during her presidential nomination..." GO figure.

    Or if she actually ends up in to some sort of political arena, se mayor of NY hahahah. Then she can use that as experience may be.

    Hope you are enjoying the circasm in my wording here. Point is i used to admire the Clintons during president Bill's presidency. However, watching them this time going through the do anything to get the nomination process is simply disgusting.

    NO ONE DESERVES ANY POSITION IN POLITICS. THE PEOPLE SELECT HAVE THE CHOICE TO SELECT ONE ASPIRING CANDIDATE and that is how it should be rather than using political power and influence even at the cost of deviding your own party.

    May 22, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. michealinportsmouth

    There's one thing to see and hear your mother and father do and say anything to get elected but another thing to actual adopt that mentality. If she is willing to corrupt her morals and say and do anything, have at it. I hope she is doing this eyes wide open. She has seen how there is no holds bar in campaigning. If she is using her EXPERIENCE campaigning for ther mother as a foundation for her on campaign, she is not going into this eyes wide open.

    May 22, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Randy

    If she gets into it, hopefully she'll try the honesty approach.

    May 22, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. AnaHadWolves

    Good for Chelsea. She has excellent role-models for public service in her parents. With them to guide her, she could become a force in the Democratic party within the next decade.

    May 22, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. TSR

    It's no secret that the Clintons want to propogate their Dynasty,this is just confirmation from Papa Bill.....lmao

    May 22, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Milwaukee for Obama

    good for her as long as she does not turn out to be so evil like her mother. We encourage young, honest energetic politicians who will be willing to serve people with respect and integrity.

    May 22, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Eli Richmond, Va

    Chelsea should just keep the job her parents got her in New York. But I digress, if her ego is anything like her parent's once she has money she will want the power to go with it.

    May 22, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Michael, Torrance, CA

    Slick Willie obviously still thinks way too much of Himself, his Wife and Chelsea. Bill was a good president only by being in the right place at the right time when things were good in America and around the world (thanks to 12 years of republican presidents). Hillary ran and won a senate seat on name only but is going to lose the primary. Chelsea would be able to run on name only as well.

    May 22, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. rumpusgoopus

    Oh please God no! No more Clintons!

    May 22, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Scott, Ann Arbor, MI

    This, more than anything, is admittance that Hillary is done, and they are trying to find new ways to improve their tarnished legacy by bringing the next generation into it.

    She'd better start being more candid about how she feels about her parents behavior, because that environment which she grew up in is certainly fair game for voters to understand, in order to better evaluate her own personal set of values and beliefs.

    Colbert in 08!!!

    May 22, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. No Way

    Please God NO! Please let the Clinton name die. Hillary is doing a pretty good job of killing it.

    May 22, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Enough is Enough

    We need another Clinton as bad as we need another Bush. Now all we have heard from Hillary is that barack has no experience, and now Slick Willie is saying that Chelsea is going into politics? Please, America, do not do it again!!!

    May 22, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Pol

    Oh, no! Not this Family. Enough is enough. Just let the girl to get married.

    May 22, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Cammi317

    In the future, I may vote for her if she doesn't try to pawn off her eight years as "first daughter" as experience!!!

    May 22, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Manu, Pittsburgh, PA

    This is sad... We do NOT need another lying, ethically challenged, spin-at-all-costs, divisive Clinton figure on our national scene...

    Enough of these boors already!

    May 22, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. Amy M

    In 8 years, won't she be old enough to run?

    May 22, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. AJ, IL

    Must be nice to be employed for only a year at a $150,000 a year hedge-fund job and demand an indefinite leave of absence to go on the campaign trial to places like Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

    If Chelsea can't answer simple questions about her and her parents public ordeal with Monica Lewinski on the campaign trail, there is no way she will last in politics under intense scrutiny.

    May 22, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. @americans

    I had to battle with my boss just to go on leave of absence(not indefinite), but with the Clintons, it's their birthright!

    life must be good for the Clintons; but remember that the good old USA is no Monaco and neither is it a monarchy govt.

    ordinary americans do not go to harvard or yale like Chelsea did, work in a consultant firm where she gets paid six figures (over $100,000 for you uneducated Hillarious voters), go on leave whenever she deems fit, and decides to run for office, like her father Bill owns the United States!

    life must be good for the $100 million dollars Chelsea Clinton family!!!!

    now let me go find some change to fill my gas tank – if only Chelsea can loan me some of nickels & dimes!

    May 22, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |


    May 22, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Angela Lee

    What a natural she would be! Apparently, she has the crying part down pat, already. Just think would a big advantage she would have in her refusal to answer any questions, too!

    May 22, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga


    May 22, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. blinky

    is it too much to ask that a politician be a good politician, not "a good campaigner"?

    May 22, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Well... I guess she was 13 when she moved into the White House. So, when she turns 48, she'll be able to claim "35 years experience" and run as "someone who is ready to lead on day one".

    All kidding aside, I think Chelsea has infinitely more charisma than her mom... and she inherited far more of Bill's wit/instincts... She'll be pretty dangerous in the political arena. I wonder if she'll run for congress in 2010... If she breaks from congress to the governorship of a small state (Probably Nevada, her family has cred in Iowa and New Hampshire)... Then she really could run for president in her early to mid 40's, while both parents are still around to help her run...
    By then the country will no longer have Clinton fatigue... and Chelsea hasn't made the catastrophic blunder of endorsing a dumb recreational war (yet).

    Who knows?

    May 22, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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