(CNN) - The Democratic National Convention chairman on Monday suggested he would like to see President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney appear together on the Gulf Coast in the wake of a tropical storm which is fast approaching the region and is expected to be a Category 2 hurricane by the time it makes landfall.
"I also agree that it would be great to see the two of them there in support of the people," Antonio Villaraigosa said on CNN's "The Situation Room."
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Tropical Storm Isaac has largely spared the site of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, but is approaching hurricane strength and is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the region.
Villaraigosa, who is the mayor of Los Angeles and close to Obama, said the storm presents an occasion for the two candidates to move beyond politics.
"I know this: That both Republicans and Democrats agree right now that it's country before party," he said.
The Republican convention this week was shortened from four days to three as Isaac appeared over the weekend to be threatening Tampa.