01/29/2011 01:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rahm Emanuel Radio Spot Features President Obama's Praise (AUDIO)

Rahm Emanuel's campaign released a new ad Friday that highlights his work with President Obama as White House chief of staff.

The radio spot features Obama praising Emanuel during his White House send off on October 1. The ad came just one day after the Illinois Supreme Court decided that Emanuel did not give up his Chicago residency when he took the chief of staff job in Washington.

"When I first started assembling this administration, I knew we were about to face some of the most difficult years this country has seen in generations," Obama says in the radio spot. "... I needed somebody at my side who I could count on to help get the job done. There was no candidate for the job of Chief of Staff who would meet the bill as well as Rahm Emanuel. And that's why I told him he had no choice in the matter. He was not allowed to say no. This was a great sacrifice for Rahm, Amy and the family, to move out here. He has been a great friend of mine. He has been a selfless public servant, he has been an outstanding Chief of Staff."

A We Ask America survey conducted last week showed Emanuel with 52 percent support among registered voters in Chicago--which means his lead grew following an appellate court's decision that briefly removed him from the ballot. Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun had only 11 percent of the vote in the survey, which also showed that African American voters preferred Emanuel over the leading black candidate.

Early voting in Chicago starts Monday. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the Feb. 22 primary, the top two candidates will face off in an April 5 general election.

LISTEN to the new radio spot here: