Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, now mayor of Chicago, stressed that his upcoming speech at the Iowa Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Iowa was not an indication that he plans to run for president in 2016.
Emanuel, who left the White House in late 2010 to run for mayor of Chicago, is scheduled keynote the Democratic fundraising dinner on Nov. 19.
In response to a question from the Chicago Sun-Times, he stressed that he had no plans to make a White House bid.
"No, never, not. Not interested," Emanuel said according to the Chicago paper. "I’ve done two trips already at the request of the . . . president’s re-election campaign. They’ve asked me to be a surrogate. I’ll do it. [But] I’m not interested [in running for president]. I love this job. I love the people of the city of Chicago. I love working on behalf of the taxpayers. Not interested."
Emanuel said he was speaking at the fundraiser because the Obama campaign asked him to.
"The president and his campaign asked me to speak on his behalf as a surrogate, as I’ve done before," Emanuel said.
Emanuel's speech will be the second time he aided Obama's reelection campaign. He was the main speaker at a New York fundraiser for the campaign in July.
The Iowa dinner is a high profile event usually headlined by rising stars or politicians with national persons. Past speakers include Vice President Biden, former President Bill Clinton, and former Vice President Al Gore.
In 2008 Obama's presidential campaign received a major boost when he spoke at the dinner. He went on to win the 2008 Iowa caucus.