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US capital uses Obama's limo, parade to press for statehood

Published on Jan 17, 2013 6:46 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Local politicians stepped up their campaign for the District of Columbia to become the 51st state this week, introducing a bill in the House of Representatives and mounting a PR campaign tied to President Barack Obama's inauguration next Monday.

From presidential license plates to a parade reviewing stand, Washington is using the pomp of the inauguration to put its case for more self-government before crowds of onlookers and millions of television viewers.

"This is an opportunity that we get every four years, that is, to be able to say to America that there is not full democracy here in this city," Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray told a news conference on Wednesday.

At the request of the District, Mr Obama's fleet of inaugural limousines will carry license plates with the city's slogan - "Taxation without Representation" - when he is sworn in for a second term.

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