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Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivers his State of the City speech at the Refresh Project Rooftop in New Orleans, Tuesday June 21, 2016.

SOPHIA GERMER

As national convention season nears, the political press is filled with reports of Republicans planning to steer clear of Cleveland, where Donald Trump is expected to claim the party’s nomination. Expect the same dynamic out on the campaign trail, where GOP politicians are busy maneuvering to avoid appearing alongside the man at the top of the ticket.

Polls show Hillary Clinton is also struggling to win over at least some voters, but her fellow Democratic politicians are showing no such reservations. In fact, if New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is any indication, Trump’s presence atop the other party’s ticket is only whetting their appetites for battle.

Landrieu plans to attend the Philadelphia convention where Clinton will claim the nomination next month. And in a measure of his commitment to the cause, his rising national stature, and perhaps even his own post-mayoral career plans, he expects to hit the road on her behalf this fall as well.

Noting that he already traveled to Virginia and South Carolina to drum up primary votes, Landrieu said he’s ready and eager to get his general election assignment.

“If asked, I’ll go. Even if I’m not asked, I’ll go,” he told the Advocate’s editorial board. “I am very interested in her being the next president of the United States. And more interested in Donald Trump never getting close to the White House.”

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