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Chelsea chats with students at Winthrop

Chelsea Clinton is no longer the little girl with braces America remembers from the 1992 Democratic convention. She's a 27-year-old woman with a degree from Stanford, a serious boyfriend and a confident command of the issues important to her mother.

Almost as soon as Hillary Clinton finished a campaign event Friday at The Freedom Center, Chelsea took the microphone a few blocks away to speak with students at Winthrop University.

Addressing 200 people in the Tuttle Dining Room, Chelsea opined on universal health care, the need for 21st century power plants and what Henry Ford would think of the auto industry if he were alive today.

It was almost like listening to a Winthrop professor.

Toward the end, Chelsea was asked about growing up as the only child of Bill and Hillary, arguably the most admired and despised couple in the world. One woman asked if she recognized as a young girl that her mom was "indefatigable."

"Goodness knows, I think I was more aware of what bedtime story she was going to read me, to be honest," Chelsea said.

Another questioner wondered whether Chelsea has any political aspirations of her own. "The answer to that is, 'Yes, to get my mother elected,'" she replied, adding that her own public service is likely to "continue to be in the private arena."

Later, Chelsea took issue with the widely-held notion that her mom is the one thing that can rally an uninspired Republican base. Not so, Chelsea said, explaining that possible vacancies on the Supreme Court will serve as a "profoundly unifying force for a lot of the Republicans."

The former and potentially future first daughter stuck to her policy of not talking to the media, but she stayed for several minutes to pose for pictures and shake hands, just as her mom had done a few moments before.

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