Chelsea Clinton: ‘I Am Not Running for Public Office’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Since the election, there’s been endless chatter that Chelsea Clinton might follow in her parents’ footsteps. But in an interview with Variety, she quashed those rumors.

“I am not running for public office,” Clinton said.

Clinton has been grilled about a number of hypothetical political careers since she was a young girl, growing up in the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion and the White House. “I really am constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill in the blank—Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency,” Clinton said. “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.”

Clinton, 37, maintained that while it’s important for young people to consider public service, prospective candidates should ask themselves several questions: “Do you have a vision for what you want to do in this job?”

And, she continued, “Do you think you’d do a better job than whomever else is there now?”

“I love my City Councilwoman—she’s awesome,” Clinton said. “I’m obsessed with Tish James, who is our public advocate in New York City. I support our mayor. I love my Congresswoman. I love our senators. 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 added, “If someone steps down or something changes, I’ll then ask and answer those questions at that time. But right now, no, I’m not running for public office.”

Clinton spoke to Variety for its annual Power of Women New York issue, which shines a spotlight on philanthropic causes. As the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton is being honored for her work with Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which empowers kids to develop good lifelong habits around nutrition and physical activity.

Clinton will join other honorees—Jessica Chastain, Blake Lively, Gayle King, Audra McDonald and Shari Redstone—for a luncheon on April 21.

For more of our interview with Clinton, check out Variety’s Power of Women issue, on newsstands next month.

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  1. Numkympoi says:

    “And if someone steps down or something changes, I’ll then ask and answer those questions at that time…” Well, she’s already off to a wonderful start in her ‘pre-political’ career. She is learning to lie while looking directly into the camera, but has yet to perfect the convincing body language (legs and arms crossed = emotionally closed off like her mom, but also clearly hiding something – don’t believe me google it). And the real tip off that she will run for something very soon …. she is ‘in love’ with all her local, state and federal democratic politicians, speaking as if she knows all of them as friends, a clear sign that she is clueless regarding the tremendous leadership crisis that has a stranglehold on American politics, on every side ‘of the aisle.’ Just because your folks are politicians does not give you some secrete recipe or golden ticket for ascending to some legacy throne. Americans need to look for nascent political talent far from the likes of the sons and daughters of a systemically dysfunctional political elite class of people, who have done nothing but run up our staggering national debt, and stir up racial division and hatred in the USA.

  2. Sir Johnny Buttcracke III Esq. says:

    Come on now! She is the only Clinton that has yet to be indicted and that in itself is a major accomplishment considering her lineage. Seriously though, on election night, I was so relieved that the Clinton sideshow had finally come to an end, not because Trump won but because the USA was finally rid of the phoniest politicians ever produced in America and that is saying something.

  3. Al says:

    Please drop this hysteria around Chelsea Clinton. She said she is not running for office and she is not that desirable nor has proven herself on her own.

  4. CabRene´ says:

    Chelsea Clinton Lifetime impact award for managing her parent’s pay-to-play money?? You’ve got to be kidding me? Her parents may be disgustingly entertaining…. but I don’t get Chelsea.

  5. David Boutwell says:

    GOOD! I’ve seen enough of the Clintons for more than one lifetime…hopefully they will ALL stay retired and out of the news and politics!

  6. Douglas Thompson says:

    Knew a lot about one side and didn’t vote for them. Knew little but the mudslinging about Trump (not enough to vote for him). After researching the mudslinging and finding most of it to be just that, I will be voting for him next election as I have already seen things moving forward through business sense instead of political BS.

  7. Daryl says:

    And I hope Trump gets re-elected, Chelsea

  8. Jane says:

    What’s the entertainment link? And, even if a link can be manufactured, I’m not the least bit interested in CC’s future plans…and I didn’t vote for DT.

  9. jim heffner says:

    Isn’t this the same person who was negatively outspoken about Cannabis even though she didn’t know anything about the subject and spouted “Reefer Madness”?

  10. Richard says:

    Thank god. You wouldn’t be good at it anyway.

  11. So what says:

    You know she’s not even Bill’s father. Her mother’s rampant ambition put a hot spotlight on the entire family. Do you know anyone else who earned $600k out of college for not having much to offer? More like that company would receive a favor!

  12. Mitchem says:

    In related Variety news, Homer Simpson is not running for political office.

  13. Alex says:

    This is news because Variety is giving her an award

  14. Lisa says:

    I’m not really saying anything here, I just feel like commenting randomly on Variety articles today. Anyone else in that mood? Fun stuff.

  15. Ivar Ivarson says:

    Aren’t there literacy requirements or something to prevent this?

  16. Glenda says:

    Other potential Variety stories: Charles Manson not killing people anymore.
    Barack Obama not running for president. Major League Baseball players not playing professional football. Birds not becoming bees.

  17. spare us, why on earth would she? Just go away.

  18. SPIKE says:

    the twit’s hiding something. this is all a canned speech. frankly, i don’t give a damn what she’s hiding. she’s a willing stooge of her parents and of the felonious Clinton Foundation, and, as such, has already marginalized herself. additionally, she is continuing in her adulthood in the face of the demise of the Democratic Party. even if she wanted to run for something, there is no political party with enough strength to support her in any campaign – even for dogcatcher.

    the poor thing sounds like a young clone of her mother, actually. which is scary. please Chelsea. stay out of politics.

  19. disgusted at clintons says:

    Tired of hearing about this privileged kid who has no concept of reality or pumping gas as we the citizens do every day . Out of college and lands a 600k Gig … un heard of that’s. Might as well hand her ethical father or mother a white envelope ??? . She blasts the president and hopes he’s defeated, instead she should be ashamed of her groping unfaithful dad who should have went to jail and her pathetic lying mother who belongs next to him . All I can say is Chelsea is a criminal as her parents as well as a black soul… this is all about power, money and screw anyone in the way …

  20. Mo says:

    This is a story? Wow, Variety.

  21. Steve says:

    Thank God!!!

  22. Helen says:

    I’m sorry, but how is this an entertainment story? Other than the fact that it’s entertaining to think about this “spoiled brat” focusing on any one thing and working hard like the rest of us.

  23. sariff says:

    Her parents “footsteps”? You mean adultry, sex with Monica Lewinsky, failed Hillary-Care, Benghazi murders, rogue email servers, wikileaks, wiretapping, lies, espionage and treason against the United States? Thanks for the laugh!

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