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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Endorses Obama

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Endorses Obama

In a surprise move, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Barack Obama’s re-election in a Thursday afternoon editorial.

Bloomberg, who had previously said that he would not make a public endorsement in the 2012 race, apparently changed his mind after New York was pummeled by Hurricane Sandy, the second named storm to hit America’s largest city in as many years.

“The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,” Bloomberg wrote.

“We need leadership from the White House — and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks,” the mayor continued. “His administration also has adopted tighter controls on mercury emissions, which will help to close the dirtiest coal power plants (an effort I have supported through my philanthropy), which are estimated to kill 13,000 Americans a year.”

He then went on to praise President Obama’s “Race to the Top” education initative, his defense of a woman’s right to choose, and his support for marriage equality, noting that ” I want our president to be on the right side of history.”

Bloomberg’s support for Obama is not unqualified, however. The New York mayor criticized the president for falling short of his goals on gun control, immigration, tax reform, and deficit reduction. According to Bloomberg, Obama failed to meet these goals because “he devoted little time and effort to developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists.”

Still, Bloomberg decided that he could not support Mitt Romney, in large part due to the Republican presidential nominee’s long record of flip-flopping.

“In the past [Romney] has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care,” Bloomberg wrote, “But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health care model he signed into law in Massachusetts.”

“If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him,” he added.

Bloomberg’s endorsement is just the latest sign that President Obama is benefiting politically in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Politicians from both parties have praised the president’s leadership throughout the crisis, and a Washington Post – ABC News poll shows that 78 percent of Americans say that Obama did a “good” or “excellent” job responding to the storm.

In a statement, President Obama said that “I’m honored to have Mayor Bloomberg’s endorsement,” and noted that “While we may not agree on every issue, Mayor Bloomberg and I agree on the most important issues of our time.”

Read Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s full endorsement of President Obama here.

  • Shhhhhh… listen…… What’s that noise? It’s the sound of Republicans collective heads exploding. Alas poor Romney, we barely knew ye….

    • 1bythebrooks2

      I sincerely pray you are correct, Sir! Obama/Biden 2012!!

  • Even though Mayor Bloomberg tends to side with Republicans on a lot of issues, he realizes and acknowledges all of the things that President Obama has accomplished during his nearly four years in office despite Republican obstructionism. The mayor is a level-headed, rational, and independent thinking individual who is not afraid to admit the truth unlike so many on the right. Bloomberg understands that we need leadership in the White House to respond, in a very responsible and measured way, to the disasters and crises that our country faces. President Obama has provided that leadership. What we don’t need is a neophyte like Romney coming in making irrational and irresponsible decisions in both domestic and foreign affairs. Romney severely lacks the competence and decision-making capabilities that are necessary qualities and qualifications of a U S president. Because of this endorsement by Bloomberg of Obama, one will begin to see horrid attacks of Bloomberg by Republicans and right-wing extremists.

    • Jim Lou

      Rush has already started.

    • onedonewong

      He has accomplished a lot …now that you mention it can you name 1 thing??

  • ryueire

    And so it begins… finally. Level headed, mature and logical Republicans are starting to come out of the woodwork and in essence tell the elitist punks that have bullied the GOP agenda for the last dozen years to go F**K OFF.

    There is a country for all americans that needs its best policymakers to do their job.

    • jarheadgene

      I especially like Christie’s “I don’t give a damn if Romney comes here or not.” Comment I was starting to dislike him until that one.

  • Has anyone told Trump? BTW, isn’t it time for Trump to provide that $5 million to the good folks of New York and the rest who are hurting? Of course he won’t because there would be nothing in it for him.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Good job Mayor Scumberg! Spend all your time writing endorsements and planning for the NYC Marathon while your people starve in the streets and freeze outdoors because you and Obozo and FEMA are ignoring all of those white people in Staten Island and Coney Island and Long Island.

    WHERE IS THE MEDIA THAT SHOULD BE COVERING YOUR GROSS NEGLIGENCE????? They’re in the same place as the media that has ignored the Benghazi cover up. crickets……. crickets………… crickets…………… crickets………….

    But hey, at least you’re having all of those police set up baracades for the marathon instead of getting out to help people. Screw them. They’re all white.

    Have a nice day!

    “Screw you, Obozo and Scumberg!” – ObozoMustGo

    • Shame on you Bozo I bet you think your are a good christian. Calling Mayor Bloomberg a scumbag is real classy though as I once told you your father should have used one before creating you. I guess there are no white people in NJ. New Yorkers are getting help, some places quicker than others. I live in Queens NY and haven’t had power since Monday. There are crews working to clear downed trees, replace burnt out transformers, etc. I saw the winds that blew through my area and there has never been anything like them before in my lifetime. We are getting water, blankets, food and other supplies. So go back to lsitening to Fox news and their biased bullsh**t. Also Bozo there are people of all colors on Staten Island, Coney Island, Long Island and through out NYC and the nearby areas. People aren’t freezing outdoors there are shelters available if needed. You obviously know very little about the makeup of the NY metropolitan area so stop with your idiotic statements. You show time and time again what a pathetic little man you are. You didn’t live through this storm so shut up

      • foolsdance

        bozo, like so many mitt wits, doesn’t care about facts or reality. He simply wants to rant because he is a miserable little man who hates the world. He is less than insignificant.

      • ObozoMustGo

        you obviously are not watching the news and seeing the people on Staten Island begging for food and water and shelter. They have been ignored by Scumberg and Obozo as have all the others, except where they bring their TV crews for photo ops. What about the gas lines that exceed a mile long? What the hell is wrong with you? Are you so blinded by your loyalty to the piece of garbage Obozo that you cannot see reality and the suffering of your fellow man? Of course you are. You’re a leftist freak moron that would vote for Obozo if they had him on tape raping little girls.

        Have a nice day!

        “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency…Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” – Czech Republic newspaper Prager Zeitung

        • puzzled21

          You have to be one of Bishop Mitt’s cult member’s, because you have lost the ability to think rationally and make independent decisions.

        • Pathetic, you are still using a foreign newspaper in your campaign of hate and lies regarding to President Obama. Go take your meds and crawl back under your rock . Don’t have a nice day.

        • WhutHeSaid

          Try to calm down. I’m guessing that you’ll probably burn a couple extra crosses at your next rally just to work out some of your anger.

          • neece00

            Maybe he needs to clock in at his McDonald’s job. You know his shift should start soon.

        • jarheadgene

          PLEASE STOP….OMG….for the first time in a long time our govt. is acting like it should in a bi-partisan way….WE are AMERICANs first! Dems and GOP’s second. And yes for some reason everyone skipped over Staten Island. It could be because their mayor, that borough has it’s own mayor, wasn’t vocal enough, Until after the storm. But this is a ship that is being righted. Last night the mayor of Staten Island was crying (literally) in front of Anderson Cooper because he had been promised by the President that they would have a FEMA team there this morning helping with recovery and the Red Cross would have a team there as well. They were tears of joy. He felt a little left out compared to Christie and Bloomberg, he really needed to speak up, as they are TRULY an Island. As for the Gas Lines….there is still no power to much of our area as well. FYI gas pumps with electric pumps. This is what BiPartisan effort is supposed to look like

          TIME to THROW people like RYAN, BOEHNER, McCONNELL and CANTOR OUT………NO more OBSTRUCTION !!!!!

          • grammyjill

            And Issa.

        • grammyjill

          Try to actually listen to the news. FEMA has been there from the start. They were doing searches for survivors first. And the gas lines are because gas stations need power and it takes time to do that. Also it’s hard to deliver the gas if the roads are gone. They are trying to get what is needed to where it is needed as fast as possible.

        • grammyjill

          And the marathon was cancelled.

      • puzzled21

        All Bill, let him alone. This is the only place where he can get attention and feel important. If you assess his correspondence through a Psychological framework it would appear that he is someone who wasn’t very popular growing up, always on the fringe of the circle but never in the circle. A frustrated WANNA BE who can feed into his narcissism by engaging with us to demonstrate how smart he is compared to us dummies.

      • WhutHeSaid

        Bozo is not a good Christian — Bozo is KKK. Aren’t you, Bozo?

        • neece00

          Whut, we need some humor in this bozo!

      • neece00

        and he thinks he is not racist, wow!

      • grammyjill

        I hope you and yours are safe and well. I’m in NH. We didn’t get hit half as hard as you. My prayers.

    • puzzled21

      Again you have proven to be an idiot.

  • a80a

    now the news is out,some of the top and most respected leaders of cities and states,are supporting the Obama/Biden ticket rather than support the ticket of flip and flop.
    who knows on critical issues which way they might flip or flop, we know what we have in Obama/Biden I,M sticking with them.

  • Jim Lou

    I want to commend the Mayor for his efforts in the wake of Sandy.

    Sandy shows the actions that Obama took that is in contrast to what Romney said about letting the states handle emergencies or to privatize them. NJ needs help. Where is that help going to come from? Not the state itself. Even the Red Cross isn’t capable of providing the assistance needed.

  • northroader1775

    SOOOO Bloomberg, Powell, even blow hard Christie…alll come to there senses and endorse the only MAN in the race. Thank you, it takes courage to stand up to the kings of bullshit mountain. I am sure Bloomberg is going to feel the wrath of FAUX NOISE and THE LIMBAG

    But truth is truth and lies are lies.

    Thank you Mayor.

  • jarheadgene

    The best of the GOP is falling in line with what is TRUE….BARRACK OBAMA …IS…. the President of the United States. And should be re-elected. Bloomberg, Christie, COLIN POWELL. Hell to you idiots out there….Bushes absence NOW is his way of saying “You can’t fool me again,” Romney you are an idiot. And who is a better expert on Idiots than GW himself.

  • onedonewong

    Let me show you my shocked face a Democrat endorsing another democrat