Hillary Clinton was asked if Mayor Rahm Emanuel was a “real problem” for her with African-American voters in Chicago and she did not answer the question.
In an interview with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC Tuesday, the host asked Clinton how Sanders has “gone after you in his speeches and also with an ad, because of Rahm Emanuel, the unpopularity of Rahm Emanuel. Is Rahm Emanuel a real problem for you, especially with African-American voters in Chicago?”
Clinton evaded, answering, “Look, I’m running on my record, what I’ve done, who I am, and what I will do as president. And I think voters understand that.”
The embattled Chicago mayor is facing increased scrutiny among the African-American community due to his handling shootings involving police officers. At the end of 2015, Emanuel became embroiled in a scandal involving the release of dashboard videos of a 2014 police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The videos were not released until after he won a tough re-election. (RELATED: Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Want Rahm Emanuel’s Endorsement)
Before being elected mayor of Chicago, Emanuel was Barack Obama’s chief of staff and a congressman.