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Chelsea Clinton doesn't close door to public office

1:22 PM, Apr 8, 2013   |    comments
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USA TODAY - Chelsea Clinton has raised her profile in the last few days, which sparked the inevitable question about the former first daughter's future: Will she ever be like Mom and Dad and run for office?

Clinton, 33, essentially said "maybe" in an interview that aired Monday on NBC's Today show.

"Right now I'm grateful to live in a city, a state and a country where I strongly support my mayor, my governor, my president and my senators and my representative," said Clinton, whose father, Bill, was president from 1993-2001 and her mother, Hillary, just might give the White House a shot in 2016.

"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," she said.

Clinton, who lives in New York City, is a special NBC News correspondent. This weekend, she took a high-profile role running the Clinton Global Initiative University, an off-shoot of her father's annual conference but for college students. Clinton also took the stage Friday at the Women in the World Summit in New York City, after her mother's well-received remarks. She also did an interview with Parade magazine, which ran Sunday.

A couple of years ago, there was speculation that Clinton would seek a New York seat in Congress but the idea was quickly shot down by people in Clinton-land. She literally grew up in the public spotlight, and has been reluctant over the years to be more political. That changed a little when Hillary Rodham Clinton ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, and Chelsea was an active campaigner in the primaries.

(Copyright © 2013 USA TODAY)

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