In a surprise announcement, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday that Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential campaign, and he announced that he was endorsing President Obama.

  • MusclFurPeX

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    Nov 01, 2012 7:25 PM GMT
    Mr. Bloomberg, a political independent in this third term leading New York City, has been sharply critical of both Mr. Obama, a Democrat, and Mitt Romney, the president’s Republican rival, saying that both men have failed to candidly confront the problems afflicting the nation. But he said he had decided over the past several days that Mr. Obama was the best candidate to tackle the global climate change that the mayor believes contributed to the violent storm, which took the lives of at least 38 New Yorkers and caused billions of dollars in damage.

    “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 next Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,” Mr. Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed article for Bloomberg View.

    “Our climate is changing,” he wrote. “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 may be — given the devastation it is wreaking — should be enough to compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”

    Mr. Bloomberg’s announcement is another indication that Hurricane Sandy has influenced the presidential campaign. The storm, and the destruction it left in its wake, has dominated news coverage, transfixing the nation and prompting the candidates to halt their campaigning briefly.

    More than that, it appears to have given a new level of urgency to a central issue in the presidential campaign: the appropriate size and role of government.

    As the Federal Emergency Management Agency began undertaking relief efforts across the Northeast, Mr. Romney found himself in the tough position of having to clarify a statement he made last year in which he appeared to back giving the states a larger share of the federal government’s role in disaster response.

    But Mr. Bloomberg’s endorsement was largely unexpected. For months, the Obama and Romney campaigns have sought the mayor’s endorsement, in large part because they believe he could influence independent voters around the country.

    Mr. Bloomberg has steadfastly withheld his support, largely because he had grown frustrated with the tone and substance of the presidential campaign – recently deriding as “gibberish” the answers that Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney gave during a debate to a question about an assault weapons ban. He has expressed disappointment with Mr. Obama’s performance over the past few years, and concern about what he has described as Mr. Romney’s shifts in views over time.

    In announcing his endorsement, Mr. Bloomberg listed the various steps Mr. Obama had taken over the last four years to confront the issue of climate change, including pushing regulations that seek to curtail emissions from cars and power plants. But the mayor cited other reasons for endorsing Mr. Obama, including the president’s support for abortion rights and for same-sex couples, two high-priority issues for the mayor.

    At the same time, Mr. Bloomberg said he might have endorsed Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, except for the fact that the Republican had abandoned positions he once publicly held.

    “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,” the mayor said of Mr. Romney.

    Even in his endorsement, the mayor continued to express criticism of the president. He said that Mr. Obama had fallen short of his 2008 campaign promise to be a problem-solver and consensus builder, noting that he “devoted little time” to creating a coalition of centrist in Washington who could find common ground on important issues like illegal guns, immigration, tax reform and deficit reduction.

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

    The endorsement is the latest effort by Mr. Bloomberg to affect the national political debate as he nears the twilight of his tenure in City Hall.

    Last month, the mayor announced that he was creating his own “super PAC” to support candidates from either party, as well as independents, who he believed are devoted to his brand of nonideological problem solving, and who supported same-sex marriage, tougher gun laws or school reform. A billionaire, Mr. Bloomberg said he would spend from $10 million to $15 million of his money in highly competitive state, local and Congressional races.
  • rnch

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    Nov 01, 2012 7:29 PM GMT
    I suspect more than a few Americans will be "following his lead" in the next few days.
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 01, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    rnch saidI suspect more than a few Americans will be "following his lead" in the next few days.


    This is a wakeup call for America. If Romney had been at the helm, there wouldn't have been any disaster relief, and the catastrophe would've been so much worse. Obama handled the situation the best something like this can be dealt with.icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 01, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    So that's the Economist and Michael Bloomberg who have endorsed Barack Obama today over the businessman former head of Bain Capital. That's got to hurt.

    Still, Romney's got Donald Trump.
  • rnch

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    Nov 01, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said...
    Still, Romney's got Donald Trump.





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  • HottJoe

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    Nov 01, 2012 7:59 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidI'm glad of the endorsement, but he's full of shit.

    Obama has been hyper-partisan? The man spent two fruitless years trying to suck the cock of any Republican who'd let him, and he got repeatedly slapped in the face.

    I'm so tired of the bullshit.


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    Nov 01, 2012 8:18 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidI'm glad of the endorsement, but he's full of shit.

    Obama has been hyper-partisan? The man spent two fruitless years trying to suck the cock of any Republican who'd let him, and he got repeatedly slapped in the face.

    I'm so tired of the bullshit.


    No shit. This guy's a wall street guy. The only thing he's doing that a republican wouldn't have done is some social shit and that's all I'm voting on. In regard to economics these two clowns are drivin' the same fuckin' clown car, both taking instructions from that scary clown being limo'd in the back.

    That's why I never get, nor rarely partake in most of these pep rallies discussions. This shit is as fruitful as discussing sports or theater (thought I'd throw that in for laughs). I'll never quite get that shit either.

    signed, theantipolitic
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    Nov 01, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
    lolololol got it. though I expect thanksgiving to be heated as hell. I just don't see why I should have that on my desk.

    meanwhile, 1500 views per minute. I wonder what that could be.

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  • DalTX

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    Nov 01, 2012 8:39 PM GMT
    In other news, Donald Trump and Jeff Foxworthy are still on TeamRomney!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 01, 2012 8:58 PM GMT
    Gosh, I guess that seals the deal for Obama winning New York icon_rolleyes.gif
  • musclmed

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    Nov 01, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    No mystery with Bloomberg.

    From a guy that loves to regulate everything, Obama is certainly his man.

    I am sure it was the fact that Obama announced he would create a Department of Business......

    certainly , creating a Department of Education has done wonders for the Education system. Lets create another agency. Clearly Business has had trouble in the 200+ years since the birth of the country.

    Next is the Department of Birth Control.

    after that the Department of Obesity ( current Surgeon General put dibs on that one)

    Bloomberg wants to be the secretary of 7-11, so he can regulate slurpies and big gulps.


    P.S. from a mayor that criticized Guiliani for trying to get term limits overturned. ( Guiliani bowed out and never did)
    Without anyone noticing he overturned mayoral term limits then had the put in place again. All for just himself. So he could have 3 terms.... NICE......
  • mybud

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    Nov 02, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    Bloomberg is a very cautious politician..He wouldn't have given his endorsement unless he felt Obama was going to win....The republicans spending money in states they're 6 and 7 points down shows desperation....
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 02, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    mybud saidThe republicans spending money in states they're 6 and 7 points down shows desperation....



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  • musclmed

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    Nov 03, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    Bloomberg announces the NYC marathon is cancelled. After mounting criticism of suffering NY'ers .


    Not such popular guy in NYC anymore......


    I wonder how this whole NYC thing is going to play out.
  • KissTheSky

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    Nov 03, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    This has been a great week for Obama's reelection effort, picking up major endorsements from Bloomberg and Colin Powell. The message is clear: moderate Republicans support Obama, because Romney's ideas on the economy will make things worse, and his social conservatism/bigotry is appalling.
    OBAMA WILL WIN THIS! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • musclmed

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    Nov 04, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    I wonder if Bloomberg is going to change his mind ( he did on the marathon).


    FEMA is dropping the ball again. The didnt have any meaningful bottled water supply. THEY JUST started soliciting for water yesterday.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/02/FEMA-Still-Doesn-t-Have-Bottled-Water-to-Distribute-Finally-Places-Large-Order-Today-for-Delivery-Monday