(CNN) - At a press conference Tuesday, Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel said his 2008 comment that politicians should "never let a good crisis go to waste" does not apply to the Arizona shootings.
"What I said was never let a good crisis go to waste when it's an opportunity to do things you had never considered or you didn't think were possible," Emanuel said. "That's not intended for this moment; it doesn't apply for this moment."
The statement has been cited as an example of inflated political rhetoric that politicians and pundits are now warning against.
Emanuel recruited Giffords to run for Congress when he was chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and started the "Congress on Your Corner" events. The shootings in Tucson occurred at one of those events.
The former Illinois congressman and White House chief of staff said he thinks it's important for politicians to continue outreach in their communities.
"Do I worry? Yes," Emanuel said, but added "I won't change."
"I do not feel that fear should grip us, but since 9/11 we've secured every federal facility with the exception of our district offices. After the events of last weekend it is clear that our district staffs are vulnerable. Members should have the resources and the latitude to take the appropriate security measures in order to protect themselves and their staffs," Emanuel said.
– CNN's Cody Combs contributed to this report