Rahm on running for president: ‘I am done. Period.’

February 14, 2014
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said in a new interview that he has no interest in attempting to become the first Jewish president.

“I am done in this job,” Emanuel told the Financial Times in a lengthy profile piece. “I am done. Period. I have achieved my lifetime’s ambition.”

Chatter of an Emanuel run for president has been around for a while now -- and it's peaked in particular after the former White House chief of staff has gotten the Windy City's sky-high murder rate under control.

Emanuel, at just 54, was once considered a potential future speaker of the House before taking on duties as Obama's chief of staff and then running for mayor.

In the same story, former White House senior adviser David Axelrod suggests he believes Emanuel when the mayor says he has no presidential aspirations.

“I have never heard Rahm say he wants to be president,” Axlerod said.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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