This year, many of the rising stars in the Democratic side aren't in Capitol Hill, they are from City Hall. More than a half dozen mayors scheduled to speak in Charlotte this week, and one is Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. This morning on "Starting Point," Nutter previews what he'll say in his speech.
"I'm going to talk about real facts about the real president, Barack Obama, the things he's done that I've experienced certainly in Philadelphia, particularly focused on education, investment in infrastructure, support for cities," he says. "More than 80% of the country's population lives in cities. Whether you're a Democrat or Republican, our job is to get things done and make things happen and support the public that we serve. We don't really have a lot of time for gridlock and talks and resolutions, and you can't continue doing as we see sometimes in Congress, just kind of kick the can down the road. Mayors, much like the president, we have to serve people, and the president has done that. And the commentary from earlier, people seem to forget where we were."
Nutter adds, "there has been progress and things would have been that much worse but for $787 billion economic recovery package, the largest in the history of the country, reforms on Wall Street. A lot of people talked about making health care affordable, president Barack Obama actually did it. Said he would end the two wars, did that. Killed bin Laden and GM is back and auto industry is saved when Mitt Romney said let it die. So he actually has a record."
In the clip below, Mayor Nutter details how the stimulus went to help shore up the economy in Philadelphia.