Rahm Emanuel has a new radio advertisement for his re-election campaign featuring an endorsement by President Obama.
The advertisement acknowledges the mayor's tough reputation, but the president credits it to Emanuel's love for Chicago.
"He loves our city, and he believes every child in every neighborhood should have a fair shot at success," Obama reportedly says in the advertisement. "(That's) why he fights as hard as he does."
Obama also touts Emaneul's actions to expand kindergarten to a full day in Chicago schools and to raise the minimum wage.
The advertisement ends with Obama saying, "If you want a mayor who does what is right, not just what's popular, who fights night and day for the city we love, then I hope you'll join me."
The mayor aired a radio advertisement with Obama's endorsement four years ago as well, in which Obama said he insisted that Emanuel go to the White House with him because he was the best guy for the job and he could be counted on to get the job done.
"We're thrilled that the president has endorsed Rahm because he believes that Rahm is the only candidate with the record, strength and plan to continue moving our city forward," Michael Ruemmler, Emanuel's campaign manager, said in a statement. "No one knows how hard Rahm will fight better than President Obama."
Michelle Obama campaigned for Illinois democrats in the fall, including former Gov. Pat Quinn, Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos.
While an endorsement from the president is a sure advantage, there's no telling if it will be enough to give Emanuel a clear victory, as Quinn would surely agree.