Mayor Nutter and VP Biden Sound Off on Romney Ahead of PA Visit
Mayor Michael Nutter and Vice President Joe Biden held a conference call this afternoon touting the president’s economic speech yesterday in Cleveland and hoping to combat Mitt Romney’s economic plan ahead of his visit to Bucks County this weekend.
“Not only did the president make a great speech,” said Nutter, who began the call, “but an important speech.” He noted President Barack Obama “shares my city’s values in how we move our country forward.”
Nutter, taking a rather subdued tone compared to some past calls, said the leader who “understands” how to create new jobs, infrastructure and can help cities attract new businesses with “21st Century” ideas, is “already in the Oval Office.”
Nutter, currently in Orlando, Florida, at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is set to be sworn in as that group’s president tomorrow. He recently suffered a defeat in City Hall, as his Actual Value Initiative plan was put off by Council for a year, but has continued pressing hard for the Obama Campaign, releasing a statement in favor of the president’s speech yesterday, and taking time out to participate on this call today. After his initial statements, he introduced the vice president, who said he had just spoken at the conference.
“Quite frankly,” said Biden, “I think the mayors get it—Democrat and Republican, quite frankly.”
Biden said his hometown’s proximity to Philadelphia has allowed him and Nutter to have been “friends for a long time,” and that he considers Philly his “second city.”
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party has been hitting Mitt Romney hard on the even of his visit to Bucks County tomorrow. In addition to today’s call, the campaign released a series of emails and is putting together a counter rally in Quakertown tomorrow, where Romney will be. The counter-rally will feature former Governor Ed Rendell, Treasurer Rob McCord and former Congressman Patrick Murphy, among others. The counter event, outside Romney’s event will “discuss what Romney Economics would mean for economic growth and the middle class here in Pennsylvania,” according to a press release. Putting on counter events when Romney’s in town seems to be the Obama for America Pennsylvania M.O. Oddly, the Romney people attempted a similar tactic this week, in which a Romney bus drove around honking its horn before Obama was set to speak.
Biden then went on to attack Romney and praise the president’s proposal, laying out the same ideas Obama has been proposing this election cycle—tax reform, paying down the debt, vaguely touting a system in which “hard work pays off” and “everyone gets a fair shot.”
Biden noted, and Nutter agreed, that Mitt Romney is offering the same policies on the domestic front which led to the Great Recession of 2008, except, while quoting former President Bill Clinton, “on steroids.” The example Biden used was Romney’s recent statement that Obama wants to put more teachers, firefighters and police officers back to work.
“Cutting back on firefighters and teachers and policemen isn’t helping the American people,” he said. “These haven’t been Republican or Democratic ideas…these have been ideas that make America stronger.”
“I think it’s pretty clear Vice President Biden gets it,” added Nutter.