Outgoing Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel emphatically said he had no interest in running for President during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
“I can tell you with 100% certainty, I have no interest,” he said in response to a question about running for the nation’s top job.
“I did 8 years in the Oval Office and I have no interest in returning to the White House.”
Zakaria followed up, “Ever?”
“Ever,” said Emanuel. “You said run for it. I have no interest in doing it. Never.”
Emanuel announced earlier this year that he would not run for a third term as Chicago’s mayor. He said on Monday at CNN’s Citizen Conference that he did so because he just didn’t have the energy to pour himself into four more years running the sprawling city.
���It has been 16 straight years, 5 Himalayan mountains and I am allowed to say, in a third term, no disrespect, Chicago is not Phoenix and Albuquerque, and you have to be all in 100%,” he said. “You owe the public 4 years of 100%. After those 16 years, I had about a year, year and a half.”
Zakaria opened the interview by asking Emanuel why President Donald Trump doesn’t like Chicago.
“Donald Trump doesn’t seem the like Chicago,” said Zakaria.
“Well guess what,” Emanuel responded. “Chicago doesn’t like Donald Trump.”