Chelsea Clinton open to run for office

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Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, says she would consider a future run for public office herself if the opportunity presented itself.

"Right now I’m grateful to live in a city, in a state and a country where I strongly support my mayor, my governor, my president, my senators and my representative,” Clinton told NBC News, in an interview aired on Monday. 

"If at some point that weren’t true and I thought I could make a meaningful and measurably greater impact, I’d have to ask and answer that question."

Clinton, who is employed by NBC and lives in New York, remained mostly outside the political spotlight during her father's years in the White House, as well as during President George W. Bush's tenure as president. 

But in recent years, she has taken a more active public role, both in her duties as a correspondent for NBC and with her father's charity organization. She hosted a number of panels at a Clinton Global Initiative summit this past week and has appeared on the cover of Parade.


In September, Clinton hinted to Vogue that her mother's 2008 presidential campaign had changed her thinking on the possibility of forging her own political career.

"Before my mom’s campaign I would have said no," Clinton told the magazine. "Not because it was something I had thought a lot about, but because people have been asking me that my whole life. And now I don't know."

In the interview Monday, Clinton said she was touched by "all of the admiration and respect and gratitude for my mother’s service," and would support the former New York senator if she decided to run again for president. 

Hillary Clinton is seen as the Democratic frontrunner if she chooses to run in 2016. A majority of voters surveyed by The Hill in a poll published Monday reported believing that Hillary Clinton would run in 2016, with a plurality — 41 percent — saying she would be the Democratic Party's nominee.

“As a daughter, I want her to make the right choice for herself," Chelsea Clinton said. "I know that will be the right choice for our country, and I’ll support her in whatever she chooses to do.”