Mayor Nutter has been making the most of his time in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention. He was originally scheduled to address the convention on Wednesday, but was shuffled over to Thursday, speaking on the same night as the President Obama and Vice President Biden. Being scheduled on such a high-profile night is quite an honor, but the Mayor’s slot during the 6 o’clock hour came early in the program.
In case you weren’t tuned in yet, here’s Mayor Nutter’s speech. In his brief remarks, Mayor Nutter spoke about the importance of quality public education (interesting given the polarized local debate over the dramatic reorganization of our city’s public school system) and strong neighborhoods and communities. “Coming together as a nation starts by coming together as neighbors,” he said, linking neighborly values with Barack Obama’s past as an organizer. Watch the video below:
By comparison the Mayor was decidedly more pointed and pumped up for his remarks to the Pennsylvania delegates at breakfast on Wednesday. He critiqued the state’s new voter ID requirements, and predicted that they would backfire. (He also added that putting PennDOT in charge of such an important element of the voting process is “beyond anyone’s understanding.”) Mayor Nutter then went on to the business of torching the Romney-Ryan agenda and applauding the record of President Obama. Nutter said Romney “is so far right with Paul Ryan he’ll be back around to the left” and accused him of running from his record as governor and at Bain. And Nutter reminded the delegates that federal funding under Obama that had helped create jobs during these sluggish times, pointing to the Dilworth Plaza project (funded via a TIGER grant), and ended with a strong defense of the president. Watch the Mayor in action in the video below. (His remarks begin at 37:28, so go on and scroll ahead.)