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William Daley punts when asked on Obama conference call about running for governor of Illinois.
WASHINGTON–Former Commerce Sec. William Daley declined to comment when asked Sunday about his plans to run for governor of Illinois. Daley was on an Obama campaign conference call with Obama campaign economic advisor Jason Furman, pressing the case that presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will cut more middle class taxes than rival Sen. John McCain (R-Az.). Obama and McCain are expected to talk economics this week. But the McCain campaign also plans to press Obama about his comments that he will “refine” his Iraq troop pull-out plan. That’s the subject of a McCain conference call coming up this afternoon.
My Sun-Times colleague Abdon Pallasch asked Daley about his interest in running for governor of Illinois. Daley has been laying the groundwork for a 2010 bid, even asking some people to stay neutral until he decides if he wants to jump in. Daley’s main consultant is Obama’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, who also advises Mayor Daley. (A third Daley brother, John, is the number two man on the Cook County Board.)
With Furman and Obama press staffer Josh Earnest providing verbal cover–Daley said he would “ignore” the question about his political future.