The selfie-proficient candidate rues how cameras have replaced conversation
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In the Clinton family, Hillary takes first place in “selfie achievement” – but has also had a lot more practice, says daughter Chelsea.

“I don’t have that long an arm,” says the Democratic presidential candidate, “but my reach is a little more than it was before and I figured out how to hit the button.”

All that could end, Hillary says, if she’s elected in November. “There are different considerations when you are the president, obviously. It does unnerve the Secret Service – I know that from talking with the president and talking to some of the agents that I know so well – when somebody reaches for a selfie and there’s other things that are questionable.”

President Obama, in fact, often tells groups outright not to bother even asking for a selfie. (“I can’t take selfies with everybody because I’ve actually got just a few other things to do,” he told kids visiting the White House in July. And First Lady Michelle Obama has said flatly, “I don’t like selfies.”)

But then, he’s not running for election. And selfies, says Clinton, are now ingrained in campaigning.

For more of our exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, along with their behind-the-scenes campaign photos, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE Friday and watch the full video below.

“It’s a part of politics,” she says. “People of all ages, they want a selfie. They really are waiting there and hoping … My only regret is that it replaces conversation. It replaces somebody on the rope line saying, ‘Here’s what I’ve been thinking about or I want to ask you this.’ ”

“So I can see why, when you’re president [you might ban selfies] but until I hope that happens, I’m going to be selfie-ing. Is that a word?”

Says Chelsea, “It is now.”