Chelsea Clinton: 'I Am Not Running For Public Office'

| by Lauren Briggs

On March 29, Chelsea Clinton put to rest rumors that she was going to follow her parents' footsteps and enter into the world of politics.

"Hi, I'm Chelsea Clinton and one thing you may not know about me is that I am not running for public office," the 37-year-old told Variety during an interview.

The former first daughter said she loves the politicians in New York, so she would only consider reevaluating her decision to stay out of public office if one of them were to step down "or something changes," but she is not running "right now."

"I really am constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill in the blank -- Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency," Clinton added. "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."

What answer is that?

"I think it's an important question for people, particularly our age, for young people to think, 'Is this something that I would want to do?'" she explained. "But I think the that way we answer that question is, 'Do you have a vision for what you want to do in this job … whether it's your local school board or to be president? Do you think you have the skills to then hopefully succeed to do what you want to do, and do you think you'd do a better job than whoever else is there now?'"

Reports have circulated since the November election that Clinton and her family are preparing for her to run for office. The New York Post reported on Nov. 10 claiming she was preparing to step in once Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey of New York retires.

"While it is true the Clintons need some time to regroup after Hillary's crushing loss, they will not give up," a source reportedly told The Post at the time. "Chelsea would be the next extension of the Clinton brand. In the past few years, she has taken a very visible role in the Clinton Foundation and on the campaign trail. While politics isn’t the life Hillary wanted for Chelsea, she chose to go on the campaign trail for her mother and has turned out to be very poised, articulate and comfortable with the visibility."

But the former first daughter won't be doing that anytime soon.

What about a 2020 presidential run?

"I clearly do not support the president and certainly hope that he is defeated in the next election, but I don't think I'm the best person for that job," she told Variety.

Sources: Variety, New York Post / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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