Colorado Springs News, Sports & Business

Gazette Premium Content President Obama on statehood for DC: 'I'm for it'

Associated Press Updated: July 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he supports statehood for the nation's capital.

Obama was asked Monday about the prospect of the District of Columbia becoming the 51st state during a town hall at a city school.

The president said, "I'm for it," adding that he has been "for quite some time."

Obama added that: "The politics of it end up being difficult to get through Congress, but I think it's absolutely the right thing to do."

Obama has previously spoken in favor of giving the District voting representation in Congress, and the White House has consistently supported giving the local government full control of the city's budget and laws.

Following his re-election in 2012, Obama added District license plates with the phrase "Taxation Without Representation" to his official vehicles.

Comment Policy

Our commenting system has changed. Please register or login with your gazette.com account to comment on a story. Click here for information.

You've reached 4 FREE premium stories this month

Simply register to continue. It's free.

Register Learn more

Already registered? Click here to login.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
SEP
17
SEP
18
SEP
19
SEP
20
SEP
21
SEP
22
SEP
23
SEP
24
SEP
25
SEP
26
SEP
27
SEP
28
SEP
29
SEP
30
Advertisement