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Bill Daley Chokes Up While Bowing Out

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    Bill Daley got emotional while explaining to reporters why he chose to drop out of the race for Illinois governor. (Published Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013)

    Bill Daley got a little teary eyed Tuesday as he explained his decision to drop out of the Illinois governor's race.

    Those tears surely weren't for Gov. Pat Quinn, though. A true Daley, the former White House chief of staff choked up while mentioning his family.

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    "As part of a family that has public service in its blood, a family in which I am extremely proud, I've always been motivated as each of them to serve," Daley said, struggling a little toward the end of his address to reporters.

    When asked later why he got so emotional, he gave a one-word answer: "Irish."

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