Emanuel Backs Obama’s Re-Election, But Focused On Chicago

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel will celebrate the Independence Day holiday by watching fireworks Monday night with friends.

The upcoming presidential campaign is on his mind, but Emanuel sounds as if it will take a back seat to the problems facing him in his new job.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bob Roberts reports

President Barack Obama gave Emanuel a priceless endorsement the day the future mayor resigned as White House Chief of Staff to begin his campaign. Emanuel said he wants to see the President re-elected.

“Obviously I want to help the President get re-elected because I think he’s good for the country, he’s good for the city of Chicago and he’s not just a friend,” Emanuel said. “I think he has the right policies.”

But Emanuel said, in a phone interview with Newsradio 780, that he has important work to do here — creating safer streets, better schools and a balanced budget.

“Since I got into office, I’ve worked on all three of those fundamentals day in and day out — and I won’t let anything get in the way,” he said.

Emanuel chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006 and was a top strategist when Mr. Obama was elected two years later, both times while seeking re-election to his congressional seat. He won’t be specific about a 2012 Obama campaign role, but don’t count him out.

  • Carl Miller


  • Ggeorge Washington

    Then list any specific on why You believe Mr. Obama should be re-elected. Other than the He supported me.. so Ill support him. Unsubstantiated and flowery words fall from Emanuel’s mouth.

    Ron Paul 2012

  • Rebecca B

    I’m for Emanuel – he was my congressman when I lived in Chicago and I appreciated the emails his office sent on a regular basis – keeping us informed. I was all for him as mayor of Chicago. I think he will do a much better job for Chicago. The only objection I have are the illegals and would truly like to have them gone – and no free college for illegals. We have too many of our own who need educations, medical assistance, mental health help, drug/alcohol assistance and JOBS first and foremost. I would like to see Illinois join in with AZ, IN, GA and other states to free us from the illegals. I would like for Mayor Emanuel to find an understanding as to why WE the people need what they are providing to illegals instead of legal citizens. Think about us.

    • working man

      Rebecca You are so right take care ofour own first.

  • Ike

    OK joo joo bean whatever you say,but then again up your nose with a rubber hose joo joo bean.

  • Ron

    George Washington obviously can’t read. lol

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