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Chelsea joins her mother on Senate campaign trail

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NEW YORK — School's out, so Chelsea Clinton is joining her mother, a New York Senate candidate, on the stump.

"You'll be seeing some of me off and on throughout the summer," the 20-year-old first daughter told reporters last week outside City Hall.

Hillary Rodham Clinton said it is entirely Chelsea's choice how big a role she takes or whether she'll make speeches during the campaign.

"She's going to be coming and going as she chooses," the first lady said. "I believe in permitting her to make those decisions, and you'll see her sometimes, which will be a delight for me — and that's all I can tell you."

Chelsea, who just completed her junior year at Stanford University, attended several events with her mother and has spent time with friends in the city.

Some political analysts believe Chelsea can be a campaign asset — and the Republican candidate, Rep. Rick Lazio, has put his wife and two young daughters front and center in speeches and TV ads to underscore his standing as a family man.

Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran Democratic political consultant, said Chelsea is helpful "simply by being alive and just standing there." He said she is viewed as a well-adjusted, successful college student, and her presence "helps to show there is some normalcy" to the first family.