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Chelsea Clinton Fuels Speculation Of Presidential Bid

| by Jonathan Constante

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is raising speculation about a potential future presidential bid.

Chelsea appeared on the "Today" show with Savannah Guthrie on May 30 and reflected on her mother and father's past presidential campaigns, the Daily Mail reported.

"Well, last year, when I was campaigning for my mom, I think really up until my due date with Aidan, being on the stage at the convention, so proud to support her there, just a few weeks after he was born, I did so many events for my mom," Chelsea said. "I had a chance to share my thoughts publicly in forums. Did lots of interviews. Now, I continue to share my views after the inauguration."

When asked if she would one day run for president herself, Chelsea responded, "I don't have any plans to."

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"I think we've talked about this before. One of my earliest memories is  being 3 years old and standing on the side of one of my dad's campaign rallies. And a woman saying to me, 'Chelsea, do you think you'll run for governor of Arkansas,' I think I said, 'I'm 3,'" Chelsea recalled.

"I don't think being a citizen is just something that happens in an election year," she added. "We have to feel responsibility to every day. And these days, more than ever. I don't have plans to run for office. I do plan to keep being an activist and raising my voice online and off."

Despite her public denial of plans to run for office someday, her politically charged tweets and new book have some believing that Chelsea could be gearing up for a presidential bid, anyway.

Her latest book, a 28-page hardcover children's book called "She Persisted," features 13 diverse U.S. women who "changed the world."

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According to a statement released by publisher Penguin Young Readers, the book was inspired by Elizabeth Warren.

Some of the featured women include Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, Helen Keller, Florence Griffith Joyner, Sally Ride and Sonia Sotomayor.

"I wrote this book for everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down -- for everyone who’s ever been made to feel less than," Chelsea said of the book. "The thirteen women in 'She Persisted' all overcame adversity to help shape our country -- sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience."

"With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country - and the world - that persistence is power," Chelsea added.

Despite her frequent opposition to President Donald Trump, Chelsea recently blasted comedienne Kathy Griffin for posting a disturbing image of herself holding a fake, bloody severed head that resembled the president.

"This is vile and wrong," Chelsea tweeted of the images. "It is never funny to joke about killing a president."

Sources: Daily Mail, Chelsea Clinton/Twitter / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr 

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