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Chicago mayor to hit campaign trail for Obama

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hitting the campaign trail for his friend and former boss, President Barack Obama.

In a meeting with reporters Thursday, Emanuel said he will do "whatever it takes" to help Obama defeat Republican Mitt Romney. That will include campaign stops in Florida, Ohio and other parts of the Midwest, Emanuel Spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said.

Emanuel served as Obama's chief of staff before he ran for mayor. He was a national co-chairman of the president's re-election campaign until early September when he stepped down from that role to help raise money for Priorities USA Action, a pro-Obama super PAC.

Super PACs may raise unlimited money for a candidate but are not allowed to coordinate with the campaign.

At an event at Bloomberg offices, the mayor said individual organizations have asked him to campaign in other states. His staff couldn't immediately confirm the dates of the events or which organizations had invited him.

"I never believe in woulda, coulda, shoulda," Emanuel said. "I'm going to do whatever it takes to help the president get elected."

Emanuel also said he believes the president performs best in tight contests with time running out, adding "this is his kind of environment."

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