Just a day after drawing praise from Republican Gov. Chris Christie for the way he handled Hurricane Sandy, President Obama is again drawing accolades from the opposition, this time in the form of a ringing endorsement from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a political independent.
"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. 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," Bloomberg said in a press release Thursday.
The Obama for America campaign was quick to issue a statement thanking Bloomberg for his endorsement.
“I'm honored to have Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement," the president wrote. "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."
"I look forward to thanking him in person — but for now, he has my continued commitment that this country will stand by New York in its time of need. And New Yorkers have my word that we will recover, we will rebuild, and we will come back stronger,” he added.
Both candidates had wanted Bloomberg's seal of approval.
Bloomberg faulted Mitt Romney for changing course on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. "If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him because, like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing," said Bloomberg.
The New York City mayor didn't endorse anyone in the 2008 race and had endorsed Republican George W. Bush's re-election bid in 2004.
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