Chelsea Clinton: Young People Must Change Washington

There’s a lot for young people not to like about Washington politics. But that’s no reason for them to sit on the sidelines, according to Chelsea Clinton.

“I think it is really troubling that there are so few young people who considering entering into the political arena,” she said in an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez.

The former first daughter cited student-led protests in Ukraine and Turkey, and climate activism in the United States, as examples where young people have raised the salience of a political issue. More should take the extra step of running for office, Clinton said.

“Clearly, who is in government matters for whatever it is that we care about, whether it’s in public health or climate change, citizen activism, or what’s happening around the world,” she said.

Clinton spoke to Menendez last weekend at the Clinton Global Initiative University gathering in Tempe, Arizona, which is designed to get students involved in social activism.

Youth today have more avenues to serve than when her father, former President Bill Clinton, graduated from college in 1968, she said. But that does not mean they should forsake elected office or government service as a career path.

She hopes more young people, particularly those who view tech or humanitarian work as a career path, think about “what kind of contribution could I make if I were willing to run for office, hold office, and make a difference in Washington, a state capital, or a city?”

Watch another clip of Clinton’s interview here:

Credit: Alicia Menendez, Claudia Pou, Ignacio Torres. Text by Jordan Fabian.