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Rahm gives Il. delegation his best Knute Rockne imitation

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivered a powerful testimonial about President Barack Obama's leadership under pressure on opening night of the Democratic National Convention. But, that was nothing compared to the fiery pep talk he delivered too Il. delegates on Wednesday.

The mayor literally had the delegates on their feet ready to charge into battle to deliver for the President. Legendary Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne and Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi would have been proud.

"Elections have consequences...If anybody thinks the President would have passed his economic recovery act and his health care plan if you did not have a majority that was built up in 2006 and 2008 in Congress, I've got a bridge over the Tigris River you can buy," the mayor said.

"So, we have a chance to bolster his chances to be a second-term successful president by electing four [more] Democrats to the House of Representatives [from Illinois]. We may not have to worry about where we're gonna be as it relates to electoral votes in the presidential [race]. But, to make sure that the President's vision on...whether we're gonna invest in education and health care and research and development and infrastructure, which is so crucial for our state" is carried out.

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