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The Republican presidential primaries are just a dull roar to more than 250 of the nation’s mayors, who arrive in Washington on Tuesday for some roaring themselves at the 80th winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors at a downtown hotel, pushing a bipartisan agenda addressing unemployment, transportation and public safety.

“The mayors will express disappointment that Washington is not listening to the needs of the nation’s metro regions, which have thus far been absent from the presidential debates,” organizers note.

The gathering will be inundated by Democratic heavyweights in the next four days, with visits from Secretaries of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Housing and Urban Development Shaun L.S. Donovan, Education Arne Duncan, Transportation Ray LaHood, Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack and Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Reps. Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey plus presidential adviser David Plouffe also will address the crowd, along with New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington. Yes, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is also one of the featured speakers.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, president of the group, releases a major economic report and employment forecast on Wednesday.


• 94 percent of Republican primary voters say it’s important that the Republican nominee can “beat Barack Obama.”

• 83 percent say it’s important that the nominee be a “true conservative.”

• 52 percent of Americans say President Obama will be re-elected; 26 percent of Republicans, 37 percent of conservatives, 78 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of liberals agree.

• 43 percent overall say Mr. Obama “deserves” to be re-elected; 6 percent of Republicans, 21 percent of conservatives, 83 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of liberals agree.

• 50 percent overall would vote for Mr. Obama, 38 percent would vote for Rick Santorum in an Obama-Santorum matchup.

• 46 percent would vote for Mr. Obama and 45 percent for Mitt Romney in an Obama-Romney matchup.

• 46 percent overall would vote for an Obama-Joe Biden ticket.

• 45 percent would vote for a Mitt Romney-Rick Santorum ticket.

Source: A Fox News poll of 906 registered U.S. voters conducted Jan. 12-14.

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