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All Quotes by author - Michael Nutter
" A father is a person who's around, participating in a child's life. He's a teacher who helps to guide and shape and mold that young person, someone for that young person to talk to, to share with, their ups and their downs, their fears and their concerns. "
" For those of us in the political business, generally, it's been pretty much an unwritten but understood rule that family and children are out of bounds, that you don't attack someone's family. "
" I believe in the critical importance of participating in the political system - from voting to standing for election. It's both rewarding and necessary that men and women of good will and clear thinking engage in honest, open debate. "
" I believe that people, regardless of their station in life, should be able to sit down at a table to a meal - inside away from the heat and cold, the rain and the snow. "
" I didn't run for mayor to be the caretaker of the status quo. "
" If you have a deep-seated need to be loved and admired every day, you shouldn't be in politics. You should go work at a pet store. "
" If you want to act like a butthead, your butt is going to get locked up. "
" I got elected as the mayor of Philadelphia and yes I am black. But my responsibility is to all the citizens of the city. "
" I'm a big supporter of the Second Amendment. But I think I have a First Amendment right not to be shot. "
" I'm honored to serve as mayor of my hometown where our founders started America with three simple words: 'We, the people.' And when they said 'people' they didn't mean 'corporations.' "
" In Philadelphia, our public safety, poverty reduction, health and economic development all start with education. We can't grow the middle class if we don't give our kids the tools they need to innovate and invent. "
" I think that when we have a better educated society, when there is less violence in our cities, when people get back into the workforce and have the opportunity to take care of themselves and their families - that for me really is the kind of success and the kind of America that I think most of us still want, we aspire to. "
" I think there is a big difference between expressing the pain and anger that many African Americans and other people of color may feel versus language that I think now crosses the line and goes into hate. "
" Mayors are leaders, doers. We get things done, and we are moving America's cities forward. "
" Mayors could never get away with the kind of nonsense that goes on in Washington. In our world, you either picked up the trash or you didn't. You either moved an abandoned car or you didn't. You either filled a pothole or you didn't. That's what we do every day. And we know how to get this stuff done. "
" Our economy grows from the middle out, not the top down. "
" Parents who neglect their children, who don't know where they are, who don't know what they're doing, who don't know who they're hanging out with, you're gonna find yourselves spending some quality time with your kids, in jail, together. "
" Part of the problem in politics is that people only look at the next four to eight years: kick the can down the road and say, 'Hey, it's the next person's problem.' "
" Philadelphians are a gritty, tough people who will help you when you're down. "
" Philly is a place where people love change as long as things stay the same for them. "
" Politics in Philadelphia is a contact sport. "
" Somehow, someway, for some people there's an automatic assumption that a mayor who is African-American or some other elected official has to support another African-American. "
" The computer is your passport, not only to the future but to knowing what's going around you. "
" The federal government... knows how to put a missile in someone's room half way around the world with technology. Why don't we use some of that technology to save some lives here in America? "
" There is no Democratic or Republican way to fill a pothole. "
" There is no reason for a civilian to have an automatic weapon. "
" To succeed in big-city politics requires a powerful, motivating vision of a better world, a plan to get there, a willingness to meet constituents on their terms, and a tough political skin. "
" Vice President Biden is the real deal. He'll give it to you straight. He communicates in a way that I think connects with people at a real level. "
" We all pay federal taxes that we send to Washington and it is not unusual that as Americans we would expect some federal investment in the cities and metro areas because we're the ones that are generating the economic activity. "
" We are serious about our music here in Philadelphia, and jazz has meant a lot to this city. "
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