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Could Chelsea Clinton become US president?

The daughter of Hillary and Bill says she’s not ruling out running for office one day

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton has said that a move into politics is a “definite maybe” in the future.

The daughter of former president Bill Clinton and presidential runner-up Hillary Clinton said she “abhorred” President Donald Trump and was grateful to the politicians attempting to “stop him at every point”.

She also said she might consider running for office herself.

Chelsea was just 12-years-old when her father became president. More recently, her mother lost out to Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

The 38-year-old, who has several academic degrees under her belt and works for the Clinton Foundation, a non-profit organisation, said in a previous interview that she was “definitely not the right person” to run against Trump in 2020.

But could the former first daughter follow in her parents footsteps further down the line?

A poll by Ipsos for The Daily Beast in June gave Clinton a 50% favourability rating, a higher percentage than Donald Trump, whose rating was 40%.

Last year, political blog The Hill reported rumours that Clinton might seek to replace New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. A former aide to Hillary said she would “probably be successful” if she ran for office.

Through the Clinton Foundation, Clinton has worked to improve equality and raise awareness of climate change. She regularly uses Twitter to challenge Trump’s policies on areas such as immigration.

“Yet many caution that the time might not be right for another Clinton to enter the political scene,” says The Hill.

“Longtime aides, donors and supporters of the Clintons are still reeling from President Trump’s victory. With feelings still so raw, the timing might not be right for Chelsea Clinton to make the jump.”

Speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival this week, Clinton said a bid for the White House would be a “definite no” for now, but a “definite maybe in the future because who knows what the future is going to bring?”

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