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Thursday, August 28, 2008

 12:55 PM 

Barrett, Nelson say Obama would be more receptive to urban concerns

Addressing the Wisconsin delegation's final breakfast meeting of the national convention, Mayors Tom Barrett and Larry Nelson, of Milwaukee and Waukesha, respectively, spoke about the need for greater federal emphasis on urban issues. They both outlined ways to improve the way the federal government doles out money and expressed a belief that an Obama administration would be more receptive to their ideas.

"Energy block grant programs would allow individual communities to decide what is the best energy-efficient practice," Nelson said.

"Mayors who have gathered together say that if John McCain wins this election we don't feel like we can pick up the phone and call or have a meeting with the White House about issues facing urban America," Barrett said.

Former Missouri Senator Jean Carnahan spoke to the Wisconsin delegates about the need to elect Obama. She said "too much has gone wrong" during the eight years of the Bush administration not to go in a different direction.

"There's a question we can be asking ourselves that Reagan posed back in his day. He said 'Are you as well off as you were four years ago?' We are paying more for gas today, homes are being foreclosed on, jobs are being shipped overseas, and we have spent $1 trillion on the war," Carnahan said. "We are definitely headed in the wrong direction."

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and Tom Woodruff, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, also spoke at the morning meeting.

-- By Matt Clark

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