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New Orleans Mayor Landrieu: Americans Want Focus on Action

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Monday, 26 Jun 2017 02:19 PM

The nation's mayors will be the ones who have to find the answers to the difficult problems facing the United States, and Americans want their leaders to quit talking and get things done, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said Monday.

"In the last couple of years, cities have become the nation's laboratories of innovation in change, the laboratories in democracy," Landrieu, who will be at the conference's national meeting in Miami Beach this week, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "One of the things with the conference of mayors is this is a bipartisan conference that is focused on finding answers to tough problems."

During the mayors' conference, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will announce a new $200 million philanthropic program that will back cities' inventive policies, reports The New York Times. He also plans to scold federal and state officials for undermining cities, and says his American Cities Initiative will help with the United States' global influence, despite Washington's divisions.

Landrieu said the money will definitely help cities innovate.

"We've been doing this across the country and sharing best practices with each other," he said. "It's going to make it that much easier to do that. Instead of waiting for Washington to solve our problems, they're going to be stuck on issues. We're the ones who have to find the answers to difficult problems facing America."

There are Republicans and Democrats in the conference, said Landrieu, but the nation's mayors are busy trying to solve problems rather than thinking about left versus right.

"Whether you're Democrat or Republican, at the end of the day the public deserves something good," he said. "They have to have good opportunities for their family. And whoever runs for office whether on the federal, state, or local level, if you can focus on fixing the problem, you'll do better. That's a good message for the national Republican Party and the national Democratic Party as well."

Americans, he continued, want their elected officials to quit talking and get things done, and that goes for his fellow Democrats as well.

"It's nice to be passionate. It's nice to get the country focused on the biggest of issues, but it falls on deaf ears if you can't actually make something happen," said Landrieu. "For example, in the healthcare debate, we can argue all we want ideologically. At the end of the day, people have to have access to affordable healthcare so they and their families can have an opportunity for a good job. That's what Americans are looking for."

The mayor said he does think Americans are concerned about the possibility that Russians meddled in the 2016 election, and wants to see the investigation continue.

"However, mayors on the ground have to do 50, 60, 70 things a day from filling potholes to fighting crime, from dealing with climate change and doing basic things like picking up trash, and we live in real-time, in reality," said Landrieu. "Folks are really just trying to get to work, but they want for see us get things done, which is why mayors have become really the engine for change in the country, and why we're working so hard to try innovate and make things happen across party lines.

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The nation's mayors will be the ones who have to find the answers to the difficult problems facing the United States, and Americans want their leaders to quit talking and get things done, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said Monday.
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