As part of a choreography to maintain her public profile, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton on Monday carefully moderated a panel discussion on childhood hunger without touching on her mother’s possible run for president in 2016, as well as her own future involvement in politics.
"Our most vulnerable — our children — are not thought about in a coherent way, not only here in New York City, but in our national dialogue,” said Clinton, a special correspondent for NBC News, in her opening remarks for the discussion between three leaders in the not-for-profit sector, according to BuzzFeed
. “And that was something I felt this summer, in full candor, during our election season."
Clinton, 32, is the only daughter of former President Bill Clinton and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She has yet to comment on what her next move could be, whether she is thinking of moving into a life of political service, or helping further her mother’s presidential ambitions.
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She firmly kept Monday’s conversation on the topic of New York’s children.
"In all of the conversations around what should happen with entitlement spending, what should happen with our national security, whether or not climate change was going to be on the agenda in any of the debates — very rarely did we hear a conversation about our nation's young people and our nation's children," Clinton said.
The participants in the event were selected by Clinton for the Association of a Better New York event. They were Josh Wachs of Share Our Strength, Erica Hamilton of City Year New York, and Rain Henderson of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative.
Clinton has led a spate of panel discussions in recent days. At a New York University panel about Hurricane Sandy and climate change, she commented that it was “deeply sobering” that New York voters did not prioritize climate change during the presidential election.
BuzzFeed reported that Clinton's handlers decided not to allow questions from reporters, saying "We just wanted to keep it to the panelists and not just have it be about Chelsea," and pre-emptively keeping journalists from questioning her about her mother.
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