As the former secretary of state tries to decide whether to run for president again in 2016, Chelsea Clinton’s announcement that she’s expecting sometime this fall is being viewed as another piece in the guessing game about her mother’s political future.
But is it fair play? Some political experts believe trying to tie Clinton’s status as a grandmother-to-be to the decision to seek the White House reflects a double standard because such family news wouldn’t be discussed if, say, former Florida governor Jeb Bush were about to become a grandfather again.
'We wouldn't be thinking about this for a male candidate who is in the mix,' said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.
'Men who run for president become grandparents all the time,' she said. 'Their family situations as grandfathers would not make news and would not be considered an issue.'"