(CNN) - Rahm Emanuel was known for bringing Chicago-style politics to Washington – complete with his colorful language and take-no-prisoners-approach to politics.
But in his run for Chicago mayor there's been a new "Rahm style." Emanuel told CNN's National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin that only pesky reporters make him curse.
"When's the last time I cursed?" Emanuel asked this afternoon. "When they told me I had to do the CNN interview."
But the new Rahm is also evidenced in how he says he'll approach the mayor's role-especially with the current hot button issue of unions.
"It's a cooperative approach rather than a 'take it or leave it, my way or the highway,'" Emanuel said.
Emanuel explained that city government and unions would need to work together towards fixing Chicago's fiscal problems, while at the same time preserving workers' pensions.
"I want to work it out with them. They're partners," Emanuel said of union workers.
"I'm going to the table to preserve the pension," Emanuel continued. "When I first got elected to Congress, I had to deal with all my flight attendants and bag carriers from United who lost their life savings that went to a 401K. Everything they dedicated, everything they paid into, gone. I will not see that happening to working families again."
Emanuel also rejected the notion of a government shutdown, saying that strategy is at odds with his plan for city government.
"I don't think that's the type of approach the public wants," he said. "That's not the approach we're going to adopt."