September 14th, 2010
11:56 AM ET
13 years ago

WASHINGTON, DC: Gray: Creating jobs top priority

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11:45 a.m. – District of Columbia mayoral candidate Vincent Gray tells CNN creating jobs in struggling African American neighborhoods is his top priority if he wins.

Gray says what he describes as Mayor Adrian Fenty's "apology tour" seems more a tactic than genuine contrition.

Also, should he win Tuesday's Democratic primary, Gray, the current city council chairman, promises a quick sit down with Schools Chancellor and Fenty ally Michelle Rhee to see if they can agree on her staying on.

Still, Gray stresses school reform is "not about one person." Gray didn't say so, but sources close to him tell CNN top Gray allies already working on Rhee outreach plan with hopes of getting her to stay on should Gray win.

CNN interviewed Gray and Fenty separately as they visited polling stations in the District of Columbia Tuesday morning.

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  1. Orlando Patriot

    maybe creating jobs should have been the priority in January 2009?? This administration was so set on creating "big government" that they did not care about the economy. Remember when Clinton said in 1992 "It's the Economy Stupid!!". Democrats should have said the same thing two years ago. So you get in power and believe buying car companies and controling banks were going to fix the economy. How did that work out for you??

    Maybe you should have been reminded of the Calvin Coolidge statement where he said "The business of America is business". In other words this country revolves around BUSINESS and Obama has done EVERYTHING possible to HURT BUSINESS. So now you are surprised the economy has tanked since our Community Organizer became president??

    September 14, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Just More Of It

    More affirmative action I guess.

    September 14, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Congress doesn't create jobs- business does.
    Tax breaks for " small business" ( is a company doing 100 million REALLY a "small" business?) that also benefits stock held coropration doesn't add jobs.
    It time to wake up- our economy has changed. the world market has changed. Our hope is ECO technology and realistic taxation.
    Grapes at 67cents a pound? Really? How? No matter how many pounds a picker can do, the cost of water, plants, land and taxes means these and all subsidized agriculture has to stop. So does atificailly low priced gas.
    We pay lower taxes for cheaper gfoo and fuel than any industrialized country and then complain!
    Where are our jobs? Manufacturing is in third world countries, executive positoins are now global and not as important in our country. Where are they- in countries doing a better job than we are.

    September 14, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Gonna be pretty hard to create jobs when they all go to China or India. They cant fix this stuff folks! Just like Iraq, they broke it and have no clue or resources to fix the problem. Free trade was only good for the big corporations not for us.

    September 14, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    This administration has zero ability to create jobs. They don't have a clue as to where to even begin.

    September 14, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |