Chelsea Clinton Now Calls Running for Office a 'Definite Maybe'

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August 20, 2018

Chelsea Clinton said at an event in Scotland on Sunday that the possibility she may run for office in the future is "a definite maybe."

Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and two-time presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, has said in the past it was unlikely she would run for elected office. She campaigned heavily for her mother during the 2016 presidential election.

Clinton, speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to promote her children's book, spoke about how she "abhorred" Donald Trump’s presidency, and she praised Democrats in Congress who are "resisting" his administration, the Guardian reports.

"At federal level, as much as I abhor so much of what President Trump is doing, I have a great amount of gratitude for what my congresswoman and my senators are doing to try to stop him at every point," Clinton said.

"While I disagree with the president … I think my family ... is being really well represented," Clinton said. "But if that were to change, if my city councillor were to retire, if my congresswoman were to retire, my senators, and I thought that I could make a positive impact, then I think I would really have to ask my answer to that question [of whether to run for office]."

"For me it’s a definite no now, but it’s a definite maybe in the future because who knows what the future is going to bring," Clinton said.

She said family separation at the Southern border is a key issue that has made her rethink running for office.

"I’m outraged every day by something our president has done or said or left undone or neglected, or who he has recently bullied on Twitter or television," she said.

Clinton has also spoken out recently on abortion, saying the legalization of abortion economically benefited the United States. Speaking earlier this month at a pro-abortion rights event, "Rise Up For Roe," which was organized in opposition to Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Clinton said the Roe vs. Wade decision helped add $3.5 trillion to the U.S. economy.

"It is not a disconnected fact, to address this t-shirt of 1973that American women entering the labor force from 1970 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy. Right?" Clinton said. "The net, new entrance of women—that is not disconnected from the fact that Roe became the law of the land in January of 1973. So, I think, whatever it is that people say they care about, I think that you can connect to this issue."