Former President Bill Clinton has a new book out and former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton helped him promote it with a sympathetic interview in the Upper West Side on Tuesday, but the youngest Clinton has created political buzz of her own. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
It was an unusual father-daughter joint appearance on the Upper West Side on Tuesday, as former President Bill Clinton talked economic policy with a sympathetic interviewer, his own daughter.
Tuesday's event, to promote the former president's new book, "Back To Work," represents a return to the spotlight for Bill Clinton.
"Before we begin, I should acknowledge the fact that I am certainly not an unbiased interviewer," said Chelsea Clinton.
The former president decried the recent wave of anti-government sentiment.
"They're doing this kabuki dance over the same old thing we've been debating since we were told in 1981 that government is the problem. It isn't. I mean, it may be, but it isn't the only problem and it's got to be part of the solution," said Bill Clinton.
Just a year after her wedding became a major media event, Chelsea Clinton has been generating some political buzz of her own, thanks to a recent report she is actively considering a run for Congress, possibly for the Westchester County seat currently held by Nita Lowey.
Her spokesman shot down the idea as 100 percent false, though political observers saw potential.
"It's in her genes. I mean, obviously, having grown up with both her father and her mother," said former State Comptroller Carl McCall. "She would be an excellent candidate."
The elder Clinton, meanwhile, had praise for both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, specifically the latter's effort to create a top-tier science and engineering campus in the city.
The former president did not weigh in on his daughter's political future on Tuesday, but he did take back some criticism of President Barack Obama, who he writes should have moved to raise the debt ceiling last year while he still controlled both houses of Congress.
Clinton now says the criticism was in error, because he mistakenly believed the debt ceiling vote was not subject to a filibuster in the Senate.