Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said occasionally this week he's gotten the urge in Charlotte.
"I feel like a tourist. You know, my inclination is to jump out on the street, grab my police radio and start taking charge," Buckhorn said Wednesday morning on Fox and Friends.
It's been a little less hectic for the mayor at the Democratic National Convention. Buckhorn, a Democrat, no longer has to worry about rolling out the red carpet, organizing police efforts or hosting events.
And from the bird's-eye view he has, he said he thinks Charlotte is doing well.
"Charlotte is doing a wonderful job, and you know, we were so proud of the event we hosted and the fact that we came out of that international event with only two arrests," he said. "It speaks volumes about our police officers."
Charlotte has already well surpassed that arrest mark, with the DNC having no shortage of protestors. Meanwhile, the mayor has been able to enjoy his time at the convention, joining to rally his party in the buildup to President Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday night.
Buckhorn said he thinks the president has been very supportive of local governments and mayors, even commenting on the controversial comments Obama made about businesses "building it," which have become a Republican rally cry this election season.
"Well, my advice to him – and he's been beneficial to us mayors. I will tell you that unequivocally," Buckhorn said. "Those investments in infrastructure, those investments in bricks and mortars, those in bridges, to a mayor makes a big, big difference. So if he was to continue down that path and stay away from some of the larger issues, and I understand some of the controversy about building your own business and all that, but I think for mayors the president has been good for us."
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