Set to address DNC, Columbia mayor previews big speech

Published: Jul. 26, 2016 at 3:44 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2016 at 10:16 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - In Philadelphia, Columbia's mayor, Steve Benjamin, is getting ready for one of his biggest speeches.

Tuesday night, he'll address the Democratic National Convention.

"It's quite an honor to be asked to speak, Chad, the opportunity to put Columbia on a national stage and have a chance to talk about things that are not only important to our City of Columbia but of all cities," he said.

On Monday afternoon, in a FaceTime interview from the City of Brotherly Love, the mayor gave WIS an idea of what he'll talk about in his prime time spot.

He said he'll touch on how important this election is and how federal and state governments can help cities create jobs and blossom.

"We're going to touch on those issues that you would expect any mayor from across America, who deeply and firmly believes in the future of America's cities, but I'm going to spend more time talking about what it means to be a dad. As a father, I want to make sure that Bethany and Jordan Grace have all the opportunity in the world to grow up to their God-given potential," Mayor Benjamin said.

As for Benjamin's future political potential, despite the national limelight, he said Columbia is still his calling for now.

"I'm running for reelection," he said. "I expect to serve the people of Columbia at least for one other term. You know, if it's God's will that I go do something else, with the permission of my wife and two daughters, you know, we'll see where that takes us, but that's not in my plan." 
He's slated to speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

Of course, right now, the DNC is under the spotlight after the release of the party's internal emails and the sudden resignation of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Benjamin hopes unity will be the end result and hopes those issues will work themselves out.

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