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Chelsea Clinton Says Politics Not Off The Table -- And Neither Are Kids

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Chelsea Clinton spoke with <em>Vogue</em> about the role politics and motherhood might play in her future.
Chelsea Clinton spoke with Vogue about the role politics and motherhood might play in her future.

As the daughter of Bill and Hillary, Chelsea Clinton is already political royalty. But according to a profile published in the September issue of Vogue, the 32-year-old hasn't ruled out a political career of her own -- or future motherhood.

Vogue's Jonathan Van Meter asked Clinton about being born into the limelight (Bill was already governor), her childhood in the White House and her political aspirations. The former First Daughter currently teaches graduate classes at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health and works as an special correspondent at NBC, where she renewed her contract in February. However, when Van Meter brought up the possibility of Chelsea running for public office, she said her thoughts about that have shifted over the last few years, thanks to her mother's presidential campaign:

Before my mom’s campaign I would have said no. Not because it was something I had thought a lot about but because people have been asking me that my whole life ... And also because I believe that there are many ways for each of us to play our part. For a very long time that’s what my mom did.

And now I don’t know ... I mean, I have voted in every election that I have been qualified to vote in since I turned eighteen. I believe that engaging in the political process is part of being a good person. And I certainly believe that part of helping to build a better world is ensuring that we have political leaders who are committed to that premise. So if there were to be a point where it was something I felt called to do, and I didn’t think there was someone who was sufficiently committed to building a healthier, more just, more equitable, more productive world? Then that would be a question I’d have to ask and answer.

Chelsea has received a fair share of public attention over the last few years, but not for any involvement in politics. In August 2010 she tied the knot with investment banker Marc Mezvinsky in a ceremony that was dubbed "America's royal wedding." Style watchers discussed her dress nearly as much as they did Kate Middleton's the following year, and the country gushed over photos of Bill Clinton walking his daughter down the aisle.

Two years later, the discussion has turned to children. And according to Chelsea, it's her mother, Hillary Clinton, who's eager to see her have them:

[My mom] always tells me [motherhood] was the greatest thing that ever happened to her. And as the subject of such an amazing compliment, I can’t do anything but be grateful and smile and say that I’m confident that I will feel the same way when I am so blessed. It’s certainly something that Marc and I talk a lot about.

Hillary might be hoping for grandkids soon, but Chelsea indicated to Van Meter that pregnancy is still a few years off. "I always knew I was the center of my parents’ lives when I was growing up. And I am determined that our children feel the same way," said Clinton. "Marc and I are both working really hard right now, but I think in a couple of years, hopefully ... literally, God willing. And I hope my mom can wait that long.”

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