WASHINGTON - Mayor Nutter, standing outside the White House on Thursday evening, delivered a message that echoed the one from his ally inside: Ensure middle-class tax cuts stay in place, before the country heads over the fiscal cliff.
"Taxpayers making less than $250,000 should not see their taxes go up," Nutter said after he and 13 other mayors met with Vice President Biden. "If you have one thing that everyone agrees on, there's no reason not to do that one thing now."
Nutter's comments as he stood outside the West Wing highlighted his ongoing role as one of Obama's most visible allies, having served as one of the president's top surrogates during the election. He also heads the U.S. Conference of Mayors. On Thursday he carried Obama's message on the most critical policy debate of the moment.