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. as if!

    Can you hear the debates now? "I don't feel that's any of your business." Pampered Miss Princess, you've already toured the world on the taxpayers dime. Count yourself lucky and don't push it. Your mother's failed campaign should be the espresso shot heard round the world: America's awake now and will no longer being lulled back to sleep by a endless stream of Clinton lies. Go away, already.

    May 22, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. FL

    Yeah, there's the sign. She cried – good reason. She will need lessons on how to deal with the press LONG BEFORE she can consider politics. She proved herself publicly on that one. Good luck, hon.

    May 22, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Mark K

    Why not, She has 35 years of experience

    May 22, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Julian from Michigan

    Good! Let hope the men don't still the election then too.

    May 22, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. SR(Queens, NY)

    How can she go into politics when she's a 27 year old woman that afraid to speak to the press????

    May 22, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Jill in Chicago

    Chelsea is sure to be the first female president. There is no one woman, on the playing field, dedicated, strong and intelligent enough to secure that job. Not Pelosi, NOT Sebilius. I am saddened that Hillary won't be the nominee. It is a major let down for women of all ages. Chelsea is our new hero.

    BTW, anyone who knocks Chelsea is a blatant malcontent, unworthy of any credibility.

    Go ahead and knock bill and hillary's marriage, but they got one thing right – they have raised one fine daughter.


    This democrat will stay home if that happens.

    May 22, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Riley

    Enough with the Clintons already! Chelsea could have a much more fulfilling life outside of politics. Would she really want this for herself? She is being groomed by two of the most narcissistic, greedy, ambitious people ever to run for office, is there any hope she would be any different?

    May 22, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Jan

    What a fickle and ungrateful lot we Americans have turned out to be! Bill Clinton led us (all colors) through the best and most prosperous years in decades and we turn on him like vipers when someone with a few pretty words turns our heads! What did he ever say to make Obama supporters so angry? Did Jesse Jackson not win South Carolina that year? I am sure he was not upset to be recognized as the winner of SC in a previous election. Furthermore, we vote in George Bush and then turn on HIM for protecting us from terrorism! Wake up, people Has there been another 911? The gas prices are not the govt's fault. It is our own fault for wanting the big cars and vacations. Please take some responsibility and look in your own backyard for solutions! a smart man once said "Ask not what your country can do for you-but, ask what you can do for your country"! Be patriotic and BE AN AMERICAN!

    May 22, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Dora

    It sickens me to see people talk about other people's physical looks. Maybe you people need to look in a mirror yourself. It is strange to me that Obama won Caucuses and most people know that they can be easily rigged.

    May 22, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Jake

    Chelsea always reminds me of a cult follower, with Bill and Hillary being the brain washers. Kind of like the Moonies.

    May 22, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. MI 4 Obama!

    Another good reason NOT to vote for Hillary!

    Chelsea good at politics?? She doesn't even have the guts to talk to or take questions from the media. Poor protected Chelsea.....

    She could become President and then let mommy and daddy run the country for her.....


    Obama 08 & 12!

    May 22, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. John, St. Louis, MO

    Amazing. People willing to campaign and vote for Chelsea without the slightest idea of what she stands for (except for what her parents tell her to stand for). And some of these same people are amazed that Obama can be so popular without giving the voters any specifics regarding his agenda. Wikipedia has a brief description of the lemming metaphor. I think it should be required reading for anyone supporting Obama or Chelsea. At least with Hillary you know what you're going to get, support it or not.

    May 22, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Chibuzor

    Jesus is a christian! Give us a break would you!

    May 22, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. OH PLEASE....

    Just what we need, another Clinton in politics. With her dad's infidelity track record and her mom's pack of lies..I can only imagine what we may get from that girl. Please spare us.

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 22, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Jeanne, San Diego

    And hopefully Chelsea will be able to manage her campaign much better than her mother has done. New York can keep them.

    May 22, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. White middle aged woman for Obama

    I'm soooooooo sick of the Clintons. I used to like Bill, but they both have shown how low they can sink. Hopefully if their daughter runs for any kind of public office she'll distance herself from Bill & Hill.

    Obama 08

    May 22, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Blue

    I don't seen people telling the KENNEDY'S to get lost with their dynasty!

    May 22, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Bij- New York

    I'm an obama supporter but think Chelsea would be a good candidate when she's old enough to run...a better candidate than her mom

    May 22, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. Chicago




    May 22, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Noel Arnold

    Let's see, Hillary can't do it, let's try Chelsea. Why should any of us work for a living? It's so much better to milk the public teat. I'm tired of the Clinton rhetoric and values (if there are any). Chelsea should get a real job, one that expects her to work for a living, not just one that fills a void when there's nothing else to do. Chelsea does seem to be bright, but that could also be the Clinton hype. I wish a real person like Condi Rice would run, then we'd have not only a great candidate with true experience, but one that would break the race and gender barriers without having to continually complain about the gender or race card.

    May 22, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. GH

    Once again I'm disgusted by the level of comments. In just the handful I've read, I've heard Chelsea described as "ugly", "frog faced", and "butt ugle" (sic). This is uncalled for. What did she do to deserve that? Some of you losers need to get a life.

    May 22, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Elizabeth

    First, let's get rid of ALL the Clintons – for good! Hillary keeps bawling sexism – nonsense. It is also about the TYPE OF WOMAN RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY. I do not care for the Clinton women – mother like daughter. I would gladly vote for a woman president IF the woman running is A WOMAN OF CHARACTER!

    May 22, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Jim, Minneapolis

    Can we please MOVE ON from the Bush/Clinton neo monarchy of the past 30 years? I think I have seen enough of these two households, both alike in INdignity. Let's elect some new leaders so that we can get some NEW different results. Keep electing the same meatballs and nothing will change.

    May 22, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Robert

    Who proclaimed this woman.. who has no personality and hasnt ever answered a hard question in her life much less had to work .. the "representative" of the young vote?
    none of them can relate to her silverspoon lifestyle.

    she told her job to give her a perm. leave of absence or let her go so she could go play with mommy? how many of us could do that?

    what has she done that makes her qualified to do anything in politics?

    The Clintons are no John F Kennedy! 🙂

    May 22, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. New York rrrrr

    That's the ticket. She should give up her "indefinite leave" job to become a political parasite like her parents. In Brooklyn we call those no-show jobs.

    May 22, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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