Sharpton: Debt fight about 'your mama,' not Obama

By the Associated Press | July 28, 2011 | 5:14 PM EDT

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during the National Urban League annual conference in Boston, Thursday, July 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton says the fight in Congress about raising the nation's debt limit isn't about President Barack Obama, but rather, "your mama."

The New York-based civil rights activist told the National Urban League convention in Boston that efforts to drastically cut spending in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, as some House Republicans want, would put Social Security at risk.

Sharpton says since Obama's plan seeks to "protect our mamas," he isn't afraid to stand with the president. He urged advocates to change the conversation about the debt limit to one about creating more jobs, which are the convention's theme.

National Urban League officials say the effects of government default would put more strain on black families.