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2012 Obama campaign gears up

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Inside sources say U.S. President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election team is already gearing up and will be managed by a deputy chief of staff out of Chicago.

Aides including White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina are reportedly meeting in private to discuss the president's bid for re-election, Politico reported Wednesday.

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White House senior adviser David Axelrod, 2008 "Obama for America" campaign manager David Plouffe and Anita Dunn, former White House communications director, are names mentioned as central players in Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

"The conversations are beginning, but decisions haven't been made," a top official said. "If you look at David Plouffe's stepped-up level of activity with the political organization [as an outside adviser on the 2010 races], that is obviously the beginning of the process."

Presidential insiders call the re-election campaign "the re-elect." It is a massive effort involving the hiring of hundreds of people and the spending of hundreds of millions of dollars to carry out a national campaign while many of those involved continue their jobs of running the country, Politico said.

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