Nutter Appears On Meet the Press

Mayor Nutter bantered about politics, the economy and Philly sports on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning.

Nutter appeared on a panel alongside opinion columnists E.J. Dionne and Peggy Noonan, as well as Republican strategist Ed Gillespie. His toughest words came when the group was talking about bipartisanship in Washington, after some panelists criticized Obama’s working relationships with Republicans.

“President Obama almost reinvented bipartisanship. Do we forget what happed during the economic recovery act? No house Republican voted for it. Only three Republican Senators voted for it,” Nutter said. “Sen. (Mitch) McConnell has said his main mission in life now is to take President Obama out of office. That’s bipartisanship? I don’t think so.”

At the conclusion of the discussion, host David Gregory threw Nutter a softball, literally, with a question about the departure of Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He followed up by asking Nutter if the city has embraced controversial Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick.

“They have,” Nutter said. “Michael Vick is a great player. But he’s also doing some off-field things that are demonstrating he’s a great person. Philadelphia is a city of redemption and a city of second chances.”

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