January 14th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Emanuel: Giffords should not be exploited

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Gabriella Schwarz

(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.

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