As the daughter of two of the most recognizable political figures in the U.S., it was inevitable that Chelsea Clinton would be asked about her political ambitions. The 34-year-old has always deflected such questions in the past, but now it appears that Clinton may very well be considering public office in the future.
According to a new Fast Company interview Clinton is definitely leaving the door open to following her parents into politics. Where in the past she had denied any political ambitions, she now isn’t ruling that out as a future possibility. Clinton’s quote, from the interview:
“I live in a city and a state and a country where I support my elected representatives. 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.”
Clinton told Fast Company that she had tried to strike her own path, but now feels “called” to work with her father’s philanthropic organization. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation and says that she feels she has contributions to make in the world. Whether this includes politics is still an open question, as Clinton has stated in the past that she feels political office is not the only way to change the world.
For years Clinton had done everything but follow in her family’s footsteps. Since graduating from Stanford (and Oxford and Columbia), she has embarked on several different career paths, spending time with consulting agencies and Wall Street firms as well as as recent stint as a special correspondent for NBC news.
For the time being, Clinton is working with the Clinton Foundation and focusing on issues that matter to her. Many of these issues appear on her social media accounts, where she often highlights stories:
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