Chelsea Clinton Leaves Door Open for Political Career

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 01:10 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Chelsea Clinton has left the door open to one day running for public office herself.

"I live in a city and a state where I support my elected representatives," Clinton said in an interview with the business magazine Fast Company.

"If at some point that weren’t the case, and I didn’t support my mayor or my city councilwoman or my congresswoman or either of my senators — and I’m lucky to live in a state where I have lots of women representing me, you know — maybe then I’d have to ask and answer the question for myself, and come to a different answer."

As the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she was only 3 and out with the campaign for her father's re-election as governor of Arkansas when someone asked her whether she wanted to be governor herself one day.

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"I looked at her and said, 'No, I’m 3. I’m just waving the flag. That is my job right now,'" Clinton reminisced to the magazine. "Flag-waving extraordinaire," Clinton said.

Clinton, 34, lives in New York City with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, and her name has already come up for a national political position. She was mentioned in 2011 as a possible candidate for a congressional seat now held by New York Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, a suggestion that was quickly rejected.

Until now, the former first daughter has tried several career paths, saying her many jobs are part of being a "millennial." Clinton graduated from Stanford University in 2001,  then tried out careers in international relations, management consulting, on Wall Street, and even as an NBC News "special correspondent."

She has joined the rebranded Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation as vice chairwoman.

While she may not always remain with the organization, Clinton says she can't deny her heritage as the only daughter of two of the country's most powerful politicians, and told Fast Company it's that legacy that shows she has contributions she can make to society.

"It's a funny thing to realize I feel called to this work both as a daughter — proudly as a daughter — and also as someone who believes that I have contributions to make."

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