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Mayors and Elected Officials Are Right:
Candidates Must Address Physical Economy

Oct. 8, 2004 (EIRNS)—This release was issued today by the LaRouche PAC political action committee.

"The mayors and elected officials who held a press conference in Cleveland, Ohio October 4, are right," said Lyndon LaRouche, founder of LaRouche PAC, today. "The Presidential debates must address the 'real problems' the American people face, starting with infrastructure and physical economy."

LaRouche was referring to a press conference by leaders from the United States Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and the National Association of Counties — Republicans and Democrats — who urged President George Bush and Senator Kerry to address domestic and economic issues that are critically affecting the citizens of this country. LaRouche's political action committee, which is actively campaigning in Ohio in support of Democrat John Kerry, is highlighting the very same issue, in a mass pamphlet entitled "It's the Physical Economy, Stupid!"

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, put it this way in the press conference: "What's relevant is, how are we going to address the job loss? How are we going to rebuild our economic base, especially in the urban centers? How are we going to address reinvestment in our infrastructure...? Those are the issues that are on the agenda and should be the ones we are pushing during the debates — to force the candidates to talk about them in real terms, not just made-up phrases about how they are thinking about a program."

Added Steve Burkeholder, Republican mayor of Lakewood, Colo., "During the past 15 months, we've heard much about the Federal investment in rebuilding the infrastructure overseas, yet we haven't heard an honest discussion about what the candidates are prepared to do to rebuild our own aging infrastructure."

In stating his agreement with the mayors, LaRouche urged that the real issues of jobs and infrastructure development, which the mayors and other officials identified, be taken up in the Presidential debate to be held in St. Louis tonight — as well as at next week's debate, which is explicitly intended to be devoted to the economy.

[The LaRouche PAC pamphlet is available on their website.]