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Chelsea Clinton on Kanye West's White House bid: 'that's awesome'

By Marilyn Malara
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Chelsea Clinton on Kanye West's White House bid: 'that's awesome'
Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton speaks as she joins global and community leaders for the official release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report at Best Buy Theater in New York City on March 9, 2015. Clinton expressed her feelings toward Kanye West's VMA announcement, saying whether or not he runs, the speech could have inspired children to one day run for president. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Chelsea Clinton was not turned off by rapper Kanye West's announcement to run for president; instead, she thinks it may have a positive outcome.

The 35-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and current candidate Hillary told MTV News this week West's controversial speech may have sparked a new generation of presidential hopefuls.

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"I definitely think who runs for office is really important," Clinton said. "Even if him just saying that helps spark a little boy or a little girl who is watching the VMAs to think, 'Oh wow. Maybe I should do that,' that's awesome."

Former N.W.A. rapper Ice Cube has voiced his own support for the potential artist-turned-candidate. In an interview with Daily Mail, Cube said he's voting for West. "Why not?" he said. "Who's better than Kanye to run?"

On Sunday Aug. 30, musician and fashion designer Kanye West stood atop the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony stage while accepting his Video Vanguard Award to announce his bid for the 2020 presidency.

"As you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president," West revealed at the end of his speech.

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A full transcript of his speech can be found here.

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