Politics

Chelsea Clinton Doesn't Expect Mom To Run A Third Time

| by Ray Brown

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton refused to give a firm answer when asked if her mother, Hillary Clinton, will make a third attempt to run for president of the U.S.

"I have no idea," Clinton told CBS News. " I don't think so.  I think right now she’s focused on her book. She’s focused, thankfully, on her grandchildren. She’s focused on what she can do to help support work that she’s been engaged in for longer than I’ve been alive, around children, around women, around families."

Clinton went on to say that her mother is looking to inspire future generations to get into politics:

She’s clearly looking to encourage many of, particularly, the young people who are thinking about running for office, that they should keep thinking about that and throw their hats into the ring. She is trying to figure out what she can do to help support so many organizations, like Planned Parenthood, who are standing on the front lines to defend our fundamental rights.

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I just am really grateful that she’s out there doing that work, because I believe as strongly today as I did last year and the year before about what we need to be doing to protect and advance progress.

Clinton was also asked if Russia should be blamed for her mother's loss in a race she was projected to win by the majority of mainstream media outlets, but ended up losing the electoral college to now-President Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton previously lost the 2008 Democratic primary to Barack Obama.

"I think we don’t yet know the answer to anything around Russia and I think we all deserve those answers," Clinton said.

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Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and the first woman to hold a major party's presidential nomination in American history, also once again denied that she has any plans to continue the family business and run for office, but left the possibility open.

"No, no, no," when asked of her political ambitions. "I’m definitely not the right person to run to defeat [President Trump] in 2020. Right now, the answer is no, but I think we all need to be asking ourselves that question periodically."

In an interview with Variety published on March 29, Clinton said she was "surprised" by the persistent rumors that she plans to run for office soon.

"I really find this all rather hysterical, because I’ve been asked this question a lot throughout my life, and the answer has never changed," she said. 

Sources: CBS News, Variety / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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