Sure, Clinton answered the question in the manner she usually does. By first denying that she’d ever run, then being shocked anyone would even ask, followed by praising her current elected officials, and then at the very end leaving the door open to the possibility which, of course, brings us back to the beginning.
First the clear-cut denial: “Hi, I’m Chelsea Clinton and one thing you may not know about me is that I am not running for public office.”
The shock: “I really am constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill in the blank: Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency.”
The praise: “I support our mayor. I love my congresswoman. I love our senators. I clearly do not support the president and certainly hope that he is defeated in the next election, but I don’t think I’m the best person for that job.”
But all that is just a windup for a kicker that all but ensures the question will be asked again (and again and again).
“If someone steps down or something changes,” Clinton said, “I’ll then ask and answer those questions at that time. But right now, no, I’m not running for public office.”
So the will she or won’t she? debate is guaranteed to rage on as Clinton plays both sides of the answer by vehemently denying she’s currently running but leaving the door wide open for a possible run in the future.