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For politicians and celebrities, validation and reflected glory often bring them together
CHICAGO (AP) ' No presidential candidate worth his chauffeured SUV has reached his personal zenith without them: celebrities.
They are the glam and glitter of political campaigns, sure to turn even jaded political operatives into fawning celeb watchers.
Nobody commands the nexus of stardom and politics more than President Barack Obama. He draws from a broad assortment of personalities ' Hollywood liberals, NBA stars and more.
Case in point: Obama is raising money with film producer Tyler Perry at a gala event in Atlanta featuring a performance by pop star Cee Lo Green.
But Obama has no monopoly on big names.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has campaigned with comedian Jeff Foxworthy, convinced rocker-rapper Kid Rock to perform at a campaign rally, and won supportive words from KISS lead singer Gene Simmons.