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January 17, 2013

With his limo, Obama shows support for D.C. voting rights

With no more elections in his future, President Obama is feeling a little more freedom to take up issues he never did in his first term.

The latest example? The president now backs the D.C.'s years-long quest to get a vote in Congress.

His limo will soon sport the "Taxation Without Representation" license plates that the city created as a protest.

Why the change of heart?

"President Obama now has lived in the District for four years and has seen firsthand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children, and pay taxes without having a vote in Congress," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday. " Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles demonstrates the president’s commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness to fight for voting rights, home rule, and budget autonomy for the district."

Previous presidents have gone back and forth on the issue. President Bill Clinton used the plates. President George W. Bush did not.

Look for the new plates on all presidential vehicles starting this inauguration weekend.

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