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This past Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the rest of the country got a chance to see why Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is considered an emerging leader in America.

Mayor Reed was part of a panel that included former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, Tea Party-backed Illinois Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling, MSNBC Political Analyst Mark Halperin, and New York Times Columnist David Brooks.

Mayor Reed said given the country’s budget deficit and cities strapped for cash, cities like Atlanta need to make tough decisions — like cutting pensions — and make them faster than in the past. He said it’s about doing the right thing and trying to be a model for other cities and governments.

Reed said comunication is key. The mayor said he had a conversation with President Obama more than six weeks ago and was told federal funding and federal support won’t be as plentiful in the years to come. He said it’s now up to the City of Atlanta to adjust to that reality.

Asked about the 2012 presidential election, Mayor Reed said if unemployment reached eight percent by then, President Obama stood a better chance of re-election.

Check out our mayor’s appearance on “Meet the Press” below!


Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on “Meet the Press” – Part 1

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on “Meet the Press” – Part 2

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