Chelsea Clinton on her mom, friendship with Ivanka

BTN: Chelsea Clinton talks with John Croman

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chelsea Clinton took a few minutes to field questions from KARE while in the Twin Cities for a campaign event targeting Latino voters.

The former First Daughter had her three-month-old son in tow, and said he had managed to sleep through the entire rally at the Plaza Verde in south Minneapolis.

She was the second Hillary Clinton surrogate to visit Minnesota this week, arriving two days after Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at the University of Minnesota and in Duluth.

The Republican Party of Minnesota called the three events "a sign of desperation that will backfire with voters, because Clinton is historically unpopular and untrustworthy."

Here's a transcript of reporter John Croman's interview with Chelsea Clinton's for KARE's Breaking the News program:

Q - You have better connections than the average Millennial. What would you say to the average young voter about why this election matters?

A - Three things I hear a lot from Millennials that are top of  mind for them; 1) Student loan reform, 2) Criminal justice reform and 3) Addressing climate change. My mom’s the only one who has real plans on all of those, and actually has a record – I would argue – of being on the right side of those issues for as long, if not longer, than I’ve been alive. So I hope that will matter to young voters. 

Q - Is there a side to here we don't see? Or is it what we see is what we get?

A - I don't really understand just how people don't see how funny and warm my mom really is. And I wish more people could see and understand why she's the person I want a big hug from when I'm sick. And she's the person I love reading stories with; now my children -- her grandchildren -- with, and just to see why she's a cuddly, huggable grandma. I just wish more people could see that and understand that.

Q - I'm not sure how much this matters to younger voters, but we hear a lot about the relationship between you and Ivanka Trump. Donald Trump has even said he regrets that you're friends, I guess because it would change his approach to things.  What do you think about that?

A - Ivanka and I were friends long before this campaign, and we'll be friends long after this campaign. Our friendship didn't start in politics. It's not going to end because of politics.

Q - How do you stay on friendly terms, considering the rhetoric up at the top level?

A - Well, we don't talk about it. We talk about our children, and I think that's probably not so different than a lot of friendships across this country.

Q - You mentioned today, speaking of children again, how much you lament how hate speech has been amplified in this election. Is that a reflection of the difference in tone between your mother and Donald Trump?

A - I am so disturbed by just the endless catalog of things Donald Trump and his campaign have said against women, against minorities, against Muslims, against Americans with disabilities, against our veterans.

Q - I've been in the media a long time. I remember back in 1992 Rush Limbaugh was already railing against your mom over universal health care, and--

A - Rush Limbaugh railed against ME in 1992! I was a 12-year-old kid! Who does that?!

Q - Your entire family has been under attack for many years. How do you reverse that mindset among conservatives that all things Hillary are bad?

A - I try to take it out of the rhetoric, and talk to people, start listening to what they really care about. Do they really care about early childhood education? Do they really care about growing our economy? And then I make the case about what my mom wants to do, rooted in what they’ve already shared as important for their families and their future. I think my mom is the only one running for president who does understand what will make a real difference in real people’s lives. 

(© 2016 KARE)


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