(CNN) - The intense media attention on next week’s critical Pennsylvania primary is giving a distorted picture of voters there, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday night.
“It’s interesting to hear people from outside Pennsylvania talk about us, you know, as if we’re sitting around, pouting all day long,” Nutter told Larry King. “If you come to Philly, if you come to our suburbs and other places, you'll see people who are excited about this election.”
Following the outcome of the Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont primaries last month, Pennsylvania became the next critical state to win with 158 delegates at stake, bringing with it enormous media attention.
“They want to hear from a candidate who has something to say about real issues that matter to people on a daily basis,” Nutter said, and “not be characterized in certain ways that don't make any sense.”
Obama has been criticized for remarks he made at a fundraiser where he referred to some Pennsylvanians as "bitter" people who "cling to guns and religion."
Recent polls in the state have shown the race narrowing between the two Democratic candidates, but ultimately, the decision comes down to voters next Tuesday.
With 158 delegates at stake, Pennsylvania is a must-win for both Clinton and Obama.