Video: Rawlings-Blake was frequent national TV guest in July

Derecho, LIBOR lawsuit, immigration policy and Michael Phelps brought national attention to Baltimore mayor

August 01, 2012|By Luke Broadwater | The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was a frequent guest on national television news programs in July. 

The mayor was featured three times nationally -- twice on CNN and once on the CBS Evening News -- and one time internationally -- on BBC -- during the month. 

Her first appearance came July 2 on CNN after the fast-moving derecho storm rocked Baltimore, leaving many powerless during a week of blistering heat. 

"We're going to get through this," Rawlings-Blake said. "It is rough, especially with the heat on top of not having power, but I believe we're going to get through it."  

The next interview came July 12 on the CBS Evening News, where Rawlings-Blake discussed the city's lawsuit over the LIBOR financial scandal, which she alleges cost Baltimore millions. 

"We cannot stand by when we feel we are being cheated," the mayor said. "You're talking about one or two million dollars. That's a fire company. That's recreation centers. That's services that our city needs. We're going to fight for that." 

The mayor's third appearance was July 27 on CNN, discussing her welcoming attitude toward immigrants as she attempts to grow Baltimore by 10,000 families in 10 years. 

"If a city is not growing, it's a city that's dying," Rawlings-Blake said. 

Finally, the mayor was on BBC Tuesday night to discuss Baltimore swimmer Michael Phelps' all-time record in Olympic medals.  

Rawlings-Blake isn't the only Maryland politician to be featured on national news programs this month. Gov. Martin O'Malley has become a frequent guest on several of the Sunday morning politics shows. 

You can watch the mayor's appearances below. We'll include the BBC footage when it becomes available. We've also included a link from June when Rawlings-Blake appeared on CNN to discuss the city's "Vacants to Values" housing program. 

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