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Republican New York Mayor endorses Obama for his record on climate change

Friday, November 2nd 2012 - 00:02 UTC
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“Our climate is changing” said Bloomberg, but also accused Obama of engaging in partisan attacks instead of uniting the country  “Our climate is changing” said Bloomberg, but also accused Obama of engaging in partisan attacks instead of uniting the country

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term, citing the importance of his record on climate change, particularly in the aftermath of the devastating blow dealt to the New York area by storm Sandy.

Bloomberg said Obama has taken significant steps to reduce carbon consumption, whereas Republican challenger Mitt Romney has backtracked on earlier positions he had taken as governor of Massachusetts to battle climate change.

“Our climate is changing,” Bloomberg wrote in an opinion article for Bloomberg View, a section of Bloomberg News.

“And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be - given this week's devastation - should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”

Obama is locked in a neck-and-neck battle with Romney, and the endorsement came just five days before Tuesday's election.

The nod from Bloomberg, a Republican turned independent, comes after Obama won praise from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, for his quick reaction to the storm.

“I'm honoured to have Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement,” Obama said in a statement. “I deeply respect him for his leadership in business, philanthropy and government, and appreciate the extraordinary job he's doing right now, leading New York City through these difficult days.”

Bloomberg, who has flirted with runs for the White House in the past, did not endorse a candidate in 2008. While a welcome boost to the Obama campaign, Bloomberg's was hardly ringing endorsement.

Bloomberg said in his endorsement that although Obama campaigned in 2008 as a post-partisan candidate, he “devoted little time and effort to developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists, which doomed hope for any real progress on illegal guns, immigration, tax reform, job creation and deficit reduction.”

“And rather than uniting the country around a message of shared sacrifice, he engaged in partisan attacks and has embraced a divisive populist agenda focused more on redistributing income than creating it,” Bloomberg said of the president.

Still, the mayor concluded, on a number of issues dear to him, Obama stands closer to him than Romney. The mayor chastised him for changing some of his positions, specifically on climate change, between his time as governor of Massachusetts and his 2012 presidential run. Bloomberg said of Romney, “In the past he has taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care - but he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the very health care model he signed into law in Massachusetts.”

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  • briton

    we dont really know who will win,
    but by this months end we will know,

    America, just choose the right man,
    you have to live his policys for the next 4 years.

    Nov 02nd, 2012 - 12:41 am 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    This was discussed on Channel 4 News tonight, it may swing it for Obama in this knife edge race. I hope it does and Obama's priority in his second term becomes dealing with climate change

    Nov 02nd, 2012 - 01:05 am 0
  • Ayayay

    Good job, Mike!

    Nov 02nd, 2012 - 01:24 am 0
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