WASHINGTON (AP) â€” President Barack Obama says he supports statehood for the nation's capital.
Obama was asked Monday approximately the prospect of the District of Columbia becoming the 51st state during a town hall at a city school.
The president said, "I'm for it," adding that he has been "for quite some time."
p>Obama added that: "The politics of it end up being difficult to obtain through Congress, yet I think it's absolutely the right thing to do."
Obama has previously spoken in favor of giving the District voting representation in Congress, & the White House has consistently supported giving the local government full control of the city's budget & laws.
Following his re-election in 2012, Obama added District license plates with the phrase "Taxation Without Representation" to his official vehicles.
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Source: “Associated Press”