TODAY | April 08, 2013
>>> chelsea clinton after years of avoiding the spotlight she is raising her profile. she sat down with nbc's john yang , talk about her mom's political future and her own aspirations.
>> reporter: chelsea clinton is stepping out.
>> i'm chelsea.
>> reporter: for the first time taking a leading role with her father at cgiu, and appearaning on the cover of parade" magazine. clinton gives unique perspective on the clamor for her mother to get into the 2016 white house race.
>> i deeply respect and appreciate all of the admiration and respect and gratitude for my mother's service. as a daughter, i very much want her to make the right choice for herself. i know that will be the right choice for our country, and i'll support her in whatever she chooses to do.
>> reporter: she's leaving the door open to a candidacy of her own.
>> and right now i'm grateful to live in a city and state in a country where i strongly support my mayor, my governor, president and senators and my representatives. if at some point that weren't true and i thought i could make a meaningful and measurably greater impact i'd have to ask and answer that question.
>> reporter: this weekend she hosted sessions to moderated panels as she pushes issues with human trafficking to childhood mortality, something her grandmother who died in 2011 pressed her to do.
>> she probably didn't think of it as urging. she definitely thought of it as grandmotherly nagging, and she exercised that prerogative often.
>> reporter: clinton says that whatever she does in life it will involve service for others.
>> good luck next year.
>> reporter: for "today," john yang , nbc news, st. louis.
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