SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of a former president and a former presidential candidate, said ahead of an appearance to promote her children’s book that she wouldn’t rule out a run for office.
She also said that mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has not spoken with her about a repeat presidential run in 2020.
“I think if someone were to step down or retire and I thought I could do a good job and it matched my talents, I’d have to think if it’s the right choice for me,” Chelsea Clinton told The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News.
The daughter of former President Bill Clinton, now 38 years old, talked about the circumstances under which she might consider a political run; her mother’s rumored presidential bid; and her work at the Clinton Foundation, where she serves as vice chair.
Her latest book, Start Now! You Can Make a Difference, (Penguin Random House) is aimed at children ages 7 to 10. Chelsea Clinton tackles issues of health, hunger, climate change, endangered species, bullying and talks about what children can do to make a difference.
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Question: In your new book, you motivate young children to think critically about everything from the environment to bullying, and you ask them to be vocal in making a change. As the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, have you backed any projects started by young adults?
Answer: This weekend we just had our Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at the University of Chicago (where) we bring together young change makers who are motivated to make a difference.
We had 1,100 students from more than 300 schools and universities representing a hundred countries, and they were working on everything from providing health care to homeless people in Florida to tackling the opioid epidemic to combating iron deficiency in Cambodia.
Q: Any project that stands out in your mind?
A: One example is Haile Thomas, who(m) I first met in 2010 when she joined the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation Youth Advisory Board at just 11 years old. She had started cooking for her family after her father was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and was able to help her dad achieve and maintain a healthy weight and reverse his diagnosis!”
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