After President Barack Obama offered a debt reduction plan of his own to counter the GOP’s proposal on Wednesday, he called in reinforcements. The White House hosted a special conference call with reporters from across the country on Thursday with the mayors of Philadelphia, Charlotte, and San Antonio, as well as Charleston Mayor Joe Riley.

The White House was represented by on the call by Brian Deese, the deputy director of the president’s National Economic Council. But Deese let the mayors do most of the talking.

Riley says he supports the president’s pitch for “investing.” Charleston is still trying to find $140 million to address flooding on the Crosstown and money to deepen the Charleston Harbor — both are local priorities largely seen as federal responsibilities.

“Our national government must continue to lead and must continue to make targeted strategic investments in the things that keep our country at the cutting edge of economic competition in the world,” Riley says.

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