With exactly three weeks till Election Day, three generations of Charlotte politicos—Mayor Anthony Foxx, former Mayor Harvey Gantt, and Reggie Love—are firing up their home city for the home stretch of this election.
"We worked hard in 2008 because we believed change could happen," says Foxx at a Gotta Vote stop in the Queen City. "It was not promised to be easy, it was not promised to be quick. It was promised to be real, and it is. This election is about closing the book on the past, and Mitt Romney is trying to trick us into going back.
"I listened to what he was saying at the last debate, and I thought, I don't even know who this Mitt Romney is. Romney loves regulations? He loves seniors? He loves taxes? He loves apple pie? I didn't know what to make of it because I know what he's been saying. He's been saying he'd cut $5 trillion in taxes without telling you how he's going to pay for it. He's been saying he'll preserve Medicare by putting seniors on vouchers. Frankly, folks, he ain't running for student government president. He's running for president of the United States, and he won't tell you how to do what he's proposing."
Tonight is another debate—and no matter which version of Romney shows up, tonight is an opportunity to hold the say-anything Republican accountable. "This has been a great president," adds Gantt, Charlotte's first African American mayor. "We can't let Mitt Romney get away with his Etch A Sketch personality where he'll say anything and everything in order to appeal to the middle."
That means getting out the vote like it's your job, says Love, who was at President Obama's side for the 2008 campaign and for several years at the White House as personal aide. "It's important for us to organize, to mobilize, to outwork the other side. Know that in the last 21 days, there's not anything more important we could do than giving every last ounce of energy we have to make sure we have the right leadership for this country."