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Why Don't the National Candidates Campaign in the Cities?

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Tonight's vice presidential debate will dramatize a political pattern that doesn't get much attention: the parties have not contested the cities for years. Paul Ryan epitomizes the ideal of “small-town conservatism,” while Joe Biden comes from hard-scrabble, blue-collar Scranton, Pennsylvania. Has the national GOP given up on the cities?  Is there good reason, since the suburbs are where populations are growing? What about those few big-city Republican Mayors?  Does their success indicate that their party is missing what could be a decisive contingent of voters?

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Credits

Guests:
Kevin Baker - New York Observer, Joshua Trevino - Texas Public Policy Foundation - @jstrevino, Arnold Steinberg - Republican political strategist, Chris Cillizza - Washington Post - @thefix

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Caitlin Shamberg, Anna Scott