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Chelsea Clinton's Electoral Ambitions

By Anne E. Kornblut
DES MOINES -- Chelsea Clinton has joined her mother on the campaign trail for several weeks now, always without saying a word to the crowds or to the throng of press. She turned down a 9-year-old youth reporter requesting an interview the other day, saying it is her ironclad policy not to talk to the press.

Video: Chelsea Clinton campaigning with her mother in Denison, Iowa, on Dec. 27, 2007. (Ed O'Keefe,

But on the rope-line, and in small settings, the 27-year-old once and possibly future First Daughter has charmed voters and supporters, signing autographs and requesting votes for her mother. During a stop at the Clinton Polk County field office on Wednesday, Chelsea Clinton got a familiar question (although a somewhat odd one for someone so reluctant to talk): Would she ever run for office herself?

"Everyone keeps asking if I have political aspirations, and I keep saying," Chelsea said, drawing her hands together and pointing toward her mother, "To get her elected."

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 2, 2008; 2:38 PM ET
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This is, at least, the second time I've seen you assert that Chelsea "never says a word to the crowds or to the throng of press" followed immediately by actual quotes of, you know, actual WORDS from Chelsea herself.

Posted by: JakeD | January 2, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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