Chicago mayor visits Iowa to campaign for Obama

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ? Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is launching a full-throated defense of President Barack Obama to Iowa Democratic activists gearing up in a key swing state.

Emanuel is telling those activists that Obama has made crucial and tough decisions based on his principles, and not to lay the groundwork for a second term in office.

In remarks prepared for delivery at the Iowa Democratic Party’s biggest annual fundraiser, Emanuel says the president had made those tough choices with the next generation in mind, not the next election. Excerpts of those remarks were provided to The Associated Press.

Before winning election as mayor, Emanuel was a top aide for Obama and he’s becoming a key Obama surrogate. He says the next election will turn on the character of Obama and his Republican opponent.