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June 14th, 2012
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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa to Washington: Stop the partisan gridlock and get Americans back to work

Nearly 200 U.S. mayors are convening this week at the 80th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Florida. The mayors are rallying together and telling Congress to stop partisan gridlock and work across the aisle to help create jobs.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, tells "Starting Point" anchor Soledad O'Brien, "...we've got to work together on both sides of the aisle to get things done, to put people back to work."

Approval numbers for both Mitt Romney's and President Obama's economic plans are low. A Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 38% of Independents favor Obama's economics plan while 35% favor Romney's. Looking ahead to the November presidential elections, Mayor Villaraigosa says both candidates need to avoid harping on what the U.S. is doing wrong with regards to the economy, and emphasize plans for the future.

Villaraigosa says both investments and cuts are necessary for economic improvement. "We can't continue to extend the Bush tax cuts and not make investments in education and transportation," he says. "We've got to do both."

The U.S. Conference of Mayors wraps up Friday.

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