Chelsea Clinton: I Don't Know If My Mom Is Running

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Monday, 17 Feb 2014 08:16 PM

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The "deliberately private" Chelsea Clinton is sharing some details about what it was like to grow up in one of the country's most well-known political families — but she insists she doesn't know if her mother is going to seek the Democratic nomination.

The former first daughter, speaking at a Human Rights Campaign event over the weekend, told the audience that her "crystal ball is no clearer than yours," when it comes to knowing if former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton will seek the Oval Office, reports ABC News.

But the youngest Clinton is starting to speak out at high-profile public appearances increasingly, as the buzz circulates about her mother's presidential ambitions, and said this weekend that she was "raised in a family where inertia is not an option."

"If we are not making progress, we are, by definition, falling behind," she told her weekend audience. Chelsea Clinton has vowed she is not gearing up for her own political campaign, even though her father, former President Bill Clinton, has said that she would one day make a better president than her mother.

But Chelsea's increasing public appearances are a boon for her mother, who still faces criticism over how she handled the Benghazi, Libya terrorist attack, and her father, whose affair with intern Monica Lewinsky is once again becoming fodder for political attacks.

Chelsea's efforts could soften Hillary's tough image, critics say, as the 32-year-old gives audiences intimate glimpses of the close mother-daughter relationship.

At the weekend event, Chelsea, who is as passionate about gay rights as her mother is about women's rights, compared the two causes.

"My mother has often said that the issue of women’s rights is the unfinished business of the 21st century – that is certainly true," she said. "But so, too, are the issues of LGTB rights the unfinished business of the 21st century."

She will speak in several more places in upcoming weeks, delivering a keynote address at the annual SXSW conference in Austin and giving a speech, for which tickets are sold out, at the Starr Women's Hall of Fame in Kansas City.

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