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Chelsea Clinton doesn't shoot down talk of political office

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 9:00am

Chelsea Clinton, the only daughter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, is opening the possibility of her own political bid one day.

"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," she told NBC's "Today" in an interview that aired Monday.

She continued: "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, 33, serves as a special correspondent for NBC News. She appeared this weekend with her father at the annual meeting for college students at the Clinton Global Initiative University in St. Louis, where she led sessions and hosted panels. Her father founded CGI as a movement to seek innovative ways to improve poverty, development and health care around the world.

Also boosting her profile is her recent appearance on the cover of Parade Magazine, which features a story on her renewed steps to embrace a more public profile following her career in the private sector.

This isn't the first time Chelsea Clinton has tested the waters with political speculation. In an interview for Vogue Magazine's September issue, she started to lighten up on her refusal to enter politics.

"Before my mom's campaign I would have said no. Not because it was something I had thought a lot about but because people have been asking me that my whole life," said Clinton, speaking of her mother's historic yet unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid.

"And now I don't know. . . . I mean, I have voted in every election that I have been qualified to vote in since I turned eighteen," Clinton continued.

Rumors circulated in 2011 that she was considering a bid for Congress, but her team quickly shot down such speculation.

As for all the talk swirling around her mother's potential presidential bid in 2016, Clinton gave no hints in the Monday interview on Hillary Clinton's thinking but said she would support her decision no matter what.

"I deeply respect and appreciate all of the admiration and respect and gratitude for my mother's service," she said. "As a daughter I want her to make the right choice for herself. I know that will be the right choice for our country and I'll support her in whatever she chooses to do."

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CNN Political Director Mark Preston contributed to this report.
 

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