Washington (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton came to Chicago on Tuesday to give a strong endorsement to his one-time aide Rahm Emanuel, who is the frontrunner in a heated primary race to determine who will be the next mayor.
"You need a big person for the job. Now Rahm is not even six feet tall. He probably weighs about 150 pounds...but in all the ways that matters he is a very big person for this job," Clinton told a crowd of several hundred.
(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Rahm Emanuel Tuesday at a rally in the Chicago Cultural Center, but the high profile visit is not without controversy.
One of Emanuel's leading opponents, Carol Moseley Braun – herself a former ambassador to New Zealand under Clinton – publically called on the former president to back out of the Chicago race late last year.
(CNN) – For supporters of Rahm Emanuel's Chicago mayoral bid, this Tuesday's visit from former President Bill Clinton just became a little sweeter.
According to a letter sent to supporters Saturday, a donation to Emanuel's campaign ensures the contributor is in the running for a chance to meet the mayoral candidate and Clinton before Tuesday's rally. A winner will be picked Monday.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Rahm Emanuel Tuesday at a rally in the Chicago Cultural Center, according to campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt.
Emanuel, who is running for mayor of Chicago, worked in the Clinton White House for five years before serving as an Illinois congressman and then President Obama's chief of staff, a post he left in the fall of last year to run for mayor.
Clinton's windy city appearance will be his first campaign stop since the November midterm elections.
(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."
(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hopeful the staff shake ups at the White House this week that included a new chief of staff and director of the National Economic Council are a sign President Barack Obama is moving toward the political center.
"Finally they found a guy who has some real world business experience," McConnell said on CNN's "John King, USA." "So maybe the president is going to take a more centrist direction and if he does we may be able to do some business."
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will name former Clinton Commerce Secretary William Daley his new chief of staff, according to three senior administration officials, as a dramatic reshuffling of the White House staff kicks into high gear.
The officials said Obama will also elevate interim chief of staff Pete Rouse, who had been serving as a senior adviser before replacing Rahm Emanuel on a temporary basis, to the role of counselor to the president. Obama himself will make the announcements official at 2:30pm ET in the East Room at the White House.
Washington (CNN) - Rahm Emanuel appears to have cleared the final hurdle in his effort to become a legal candidate in the Chicago mayoral race.
Cook County Judge Mark Ballard ruled Tuesday there was sufficient evidence that the former top Obama aide meets the residency standards required to mount a bid. The judgment comes on the heels of a similar finding from the Board of Elections last month.
(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Danny Davis of Illinois ended his bid for Chicago mayor Friday night and, in a call for African-American accord, endorsed former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun.
Davis, the second African-American candidate to recently drop out of the race, said his choice proves "unity is more than just a concept." With Davis out of the campaign, the electoral way is cleared for Braun to launch a campaign directly against Rahm Emanuel, who left his post as White House chief of staff earlier this year to run for mayor of the windy city.
(CNN) – Rep. Danny Davis, a Democrat from Illinois and mayoral candidate in Chicago has a message for former President Bill Clinton: Butt out.
Davis, a onetime ally of Clinton's, issued a strongly worded statement Tuesday, in which the Chicago Democrat said he is "seriously concerned and disturbed" by the news Clinton plans to throw his weight behind ex-Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and make a campaign stop in the Windy City next month. FULL POST