Fresh off being restored to the Chicago mayoral ballot, Rahm Emanuel (D) is putting his sizable fundraising advantage to good use. The former Obama chief of staff's campaign released a radio ad Friday featuring excerpts from the president's remarks at Emanuel's White House send-off. In the spot, called "By My Side," Obama touts Emmanuel's role as an invaluable advisor during the first years of his presidency.
"I needed somebody at my side who I could count on to help get the job done," Obama says in the ad. "There was no candidate for the job of chief of staff who would meet the bill as well as Rahm Emanuel. And that's why I told him that he had no choice in the matter. He was not allowed to say no."
The ad should be well received in Chicago, the city that launched Obama's meteoric rise to the presidency. You can listen to the full spot below:
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