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Hillary Clinton jabs Rahm Emanuel during Chicago visit

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Hillary Rodham Clinton sat down with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to discuss her new book.

The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate appeared with Emanuel early Wednesday at the Harris Theatre near Millennium Park as part of Chicago Ideas Week. The sold-out event is the latest stop on a tour for Clinton's book, "Hard Choices." The book was released Tuesday.

"This is great for Ideas week and great for Chicago. It is great she chose Chicago for the first stop in her national tour," the founder of Chicago Ideas Week said. 

He went on to say the event is about bringing the best thinkers and doers from around the the world to Chicago to host conversations and events. The goal is to turn their ideas into actions. 

An audience of 1,500 people turned out for Wednesday's event. Those in attendance were able to ask Clinton questions via text. 

Some of the people that turned out Wednesday morning say they are excited to see a powerful woman making an appearance in the city.

"It's so nice to see women being empowered in politics and in the media. I would love to see a Hillary Clinton ticket in 2016," one Hillary fan said. 

The mayor and Clinton are close allies now. But during their wide-ranging exchange, Hillary Clinton made a jab at Mayor Emanuel.

She said in 1995, while she was the first lady and Emanuel was senior advisor to Bill Clinton, she enraged China's communist leaders, confronting them during a news conference. Apparently concerned about the impact the incident may have had on U.S. relations with China, Rahm went to Bill Clinton asking him to reign Hillary in.

"Oh my gosh, there she goes again! Can't you control your wife, Mr. President?" Emanuel reportedly said. 

After Hillary told the story, Emanuel high-fived her.

In a series of interviews Clinton has dropped hints she's seriously considering running for president in 2016. During Wednesday's event, she said she is seriously considering running.

When the event concluded, Clinton and the mayor exchanged a hug and walked off the stage arm in arm. It is clear that if Hillary does run for office in 2016, Rahm Emanuel is on board.

The next stop on Hillary's book tour is Philadelphia.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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