20 Jan '12, 10pm

Seeing red: Where do the GOP candidates stand on urban issues?

Seeing red: Where do the GOP candidates stand on urban issues?

How times change. Four years ago, a Washington Post op-ed gushed that the Democratic primary had turned into “a sharp competition among the leading candidates to become champions of urban America.” Skip ahead to the 2012 Republican primaries, and cities are getting dissed. Big time. The national Conference of Mayors is having its annual meeting in Washington this weekend. Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry were all invited. Romney said he had a scheduling conflict . (OK, fair’s fair: The South Carolina primary is a legitimate excuse — but he couldn’t swing by Sunday? Oh, right.) The other two didn’t even bother to reply. The chorus seemed to be: “Cities — who needs ’em?” Truth be told, cities won’t likely decide this election. America is still firmly rooted in the suburbs . (Emily Badger wrote in The Atlantic Cities last week that both Romney and President Obama ha...

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