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Gray Calls for Obama To Use Symbolic D.C. Plates

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By Patrick Madden

The District's presumptive mayor-elect Vincent Gray is calling for President Obama to do more to achieve D.C. voting rights. Gray says Mr. Obama can start with the presidential limousine.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton became the first chief executive to use the District's "no taxation without representation" license plate on his limousine. It was a short-lived ride.

The next year, President George W. Bush had the symbolic plates removed. And that's how its been ever since. But speaking today on the WAMU's Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi, Gray says it's time for the president to step up to the plate, so to speak.

"He said he wanted to do things for this city," says Gray. "I think he could start by putting the license plate on his automobile, and say to people all over this nation, that taxation without representation is unacceptable."

Gray says he will seek a meeting with the White House after the general election in November.

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