In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is formally endorsing President Obama’s re-election. The Mayor announced his support via an article penned on his site, and tweeted the following: “This November, vote for a president who will lead on climate change.”
In the article, Bloomberg refers to Obama’s stance on climate change as a huge factor, lodging kudos for the President’s action on environmental regulations, but the Mayor also criticizes some of the President’s performance in the past four years.
Bloomberg, currently in his third term as Mayor, is an independent. And while the consensus is that President Obama will win the New York City electoral and popular votes, pundits are saying that Bloombito’s endorsement could make a difference with fellow independent voters who aren’t in bed with either party.
The last candidate that earned Bloomberg’s stamp of approval was President Bush in 2004. Read the full Bloomberg endorsement here and an excerpt below:
When I step into the voting booth, I think about the world I want to leave my two daughters, and the values that are required to guide us there. The two parties’ nominees for president offer different visions of where they want to lead America.
One believes a woman’s right to choose should be protected for future generations; one does not. That difference, given the likelihood of Supreme Court vacancies, weighs heavily on my decision.
One recognizes marriage equality as consistent with America’s march of freedom; one does not. I want our president to be on the right side of history.
One sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not. I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.
Of course, neither candidate has specified what hard decisions he will make to get our economy back on track while also balancing the budget. But in the end, what matters most isn't the shape of any particular proposal; it’s the work that must be done to bring members of Congress together to achieve bipartisan solutions.
Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan both found success while their parties were out of power in Congress – and President Obama can, too. If he listens to people on both sides of the aisle, and builds the trust of moderates, he can fulfill the hope he inspired four years ago and lead our country toward a better future for my children and yours. And that's why I will be voting for him.