Politics

Chelsea Clinton Excited to Set Stage for History

'I think my heart will burst,' she says of introducing her mother at Democratic convention

Chelsea Clinton says she hopes to dispel notions about her mother in her speech introducing the Democratic nominee Thursday night in Philadelphia. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Chelsea Clinton, the former first teen who has matured into a battle-tested campaign surrogate, on Thursday said she plans to eschew rhetoric and speak instead from a deeply personal place when introducing her mother, Hillary Clinton, at the Democratic National Convention.  

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Hillary Clinton is scheduled tonight to formally accept the mantle of presidential nominee from her party — a political breakthrough centuries in the making that has Chelsea Clinton contemplating our collective future.

   

“As proud as I am of my mom, this election to me is fundamentally about my children, Charlotte and Aidan,” the mother of two told  NBC's "Today" show host Matt Lauer. “And I couldn’t imagine a better president for them.”  

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Former President Bill Clinton shared his side of the dynastic couple’s life story Tuesday night in a speech conventioneers dubbed heartfelt and humanizing.  

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Chelsea Clinton intends to follow suit, offering up a uniquely insider perspective — “I’m going to talk as her daughter,” she said — designed to counter all the negativity clogging the airwaves.  

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“What we heard last week in Cleveland, that’s not the person that I know,” she said, adding, “I just hope that people understand even a little more when I’m done than when I started about why I love her so much and why I admire her so much.”  

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