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Washington (CNN) –White House senior adviser David Axelrod reacted Tuesday to Mayor Richard Daley's announcement that he won't be running for Mayor of Chicago and whether White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will be throwing his hat into the ring.
"[Rahm Emanuel and I] were a little stunned this afternoon when we heard the news that he wasn't going to run. We both strongly assumed that he was. So we're just absorbing that news and the impact that it will have on Chicago, which will be large. He's an enormous presence there, city's really grown in wonderful ways under his leadership, and so that's what we're thinking about today and look, Rahm has, as you all probably know he's got a lot on his plate, he's got a pretty responsible job, and that's what he's focused on right now."
Axelrod made the comments during a briefing with reporters on White House economic proposals, including two tax cut plans President Obama will unveil in Cleveland Ohio on Wednesday.