Citing climate change, Bloomberg endorses Obama
November 1st, 2012
03:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Citing climate change, Bloomberg endorses Obama

(CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote in a surprise endorsement Thursday he was voting for President Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election, using Superstorm Sandy as a peg to highlight the president's stance on climate change.

Citing the storm, which left much of his city underwater and powerless, Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed on his website that "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 [climate change], the risk that it might be – given this week's devastation – should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action."

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Romney, Bloomberg wrote, is a "good and decent man" whose business experience would be a valuable asset in the White House, but his changes in positions have made the candidate a bad choice for president.

"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 health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts," Bloomberg, an independent who did not endorse a presidential candidate in 2008, wrote in his column.

"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," the New York City mayor continued, pointing to what he regards as failures in Obama's jobs creation record and his approach to balancing the budget.

"Of course, neither candidate has specified what hard decisions he will make to get our economy back on track while also balancing the budget," Bloomberg concluded. "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."

"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," Bloomberg wrote.

In a statement, the president wrote he was "honored" to have secured Bloomberg's endorsement, saying "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."

"While we may not agree on every issue, Mayor Bloomberg and I agree on the most important issues of our time – that the key to a strong economy is investing in the skills and education of our people, that immigration reform is essential to an open and dynamic democracy, and that climate change is a threat to our children's future, and we owe it to them to do something about it," the president added.

In October, Bloomberg announced he was launching an "independent spending campaign" to moderate candidates in both parties during the final stretch of the election season.

The three-term mayor said he would spend eight figures on the campaign, billed as an effort to back candidates who "have shown a willingness to work in a bi-partisan fashion."

The expenditure represented Bloomberg's largest move yet to influence national races, and focused on candidates who want to crack down on illegal guns - an issue, like climate change, on which Bloomberg is highly vocal. Bloomberg has also made contributions to marriage equality referenda.

The mayor served his first two terms as a registered Republican, but ran for a third term as an independent.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Michael Bloomberg • President Obama
soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Rob

    And this is a surprise how?

    November 1, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. cf

    It's over for Romney.

    November 1, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    Climate change??? I thought it was from all the added fluid in the NYC sewer system from those Big Gulps that Bloomberg banned? The problem should be solved.

    Egads, NYC, what the heck are you doing electing a looney tune like Bloomberg?! Next thing you know he'll want to ban potato chips, or candy bars, or who knows what! The guy has lost it!

    November 1, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    This is excellent news!! For Romney!!!

    November 1, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Tony Bartlett

    What would you expect from someone who wants to control how big how Coke cup can be?

    November 1, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. cf

    Even Romney's own former supporters are starting to notice the lies and flip-flops coming from the Romney campaign, and they don't like what they see.

    November 1, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    I am a highly educated person–any one with brain, thinking capacity will endorse OBAMA. Period. Wise move. We do not want to go backwards. Period. Yes, on OBAMA12.

    November 1, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. John

    There are still a few Republicans that believe in science. Unfortunately very few.

    November 1, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Tony Bartlett

    Maybe Obama will win New York now.

    November 1, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. DENNA

    Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg. It is nice to see a politician who lives in the real world. Hurricane Sandy was, indeed, one of many wake-up calls to mankind that should be heeded. Hurricane Katrina and the 23 inch snow fall of Feb. 2011 in Chicago were other wake-up calls. I don't know how many more of these wake-up calls we can ignore before we can't fix the problem.

    November 1, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Only the gop idiots like atkins and bachmann don't believe in climate change, and then there's romney who was for it before he was againest it kind of like fema he was for it before he was againest it ops, he's for it again 5 days before the elections but the days not over yet . Gop train wreck in five days with romney driving and Ryan and bachmann bring up the rear on the caboose !!!

    November 1, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Facts don't Lie

    Another Republican backing the president and this one is NOT of the same race. Ok John Sununnu what do you have to say about THIS?

    November 1, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. a little sad

    I did NOT see that coming. Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg.

    November 1, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. headjazzer

    If climate change is responsible for this, then it has been going on since the 1930's! The fact is, 100 years storms are predicted and can be counted on! However, if Bloomie needed an excuse to bend over for the O, then this is one, is as good as any.

    November 1, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Bravo Mr mayor ,its times like these that the true leaders show their colors and romney is not one of them but christi might be ???

    November 1, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    You wingnuts do realize that Bloomberg was a Republican before he got fed up with the party and switched to Independent. Of course you don't because Fox News never told you to.

    November 1, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. joe

    2 major endorsements from 2 of the most objective, reasonable and respected leaders in our country. this is huge for president obama. neither powell nor bloomberg can be considered partisan in any way. i think americans look at these 2 leaders as truley doing what is right for america.

    November 1, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Gurgyl

    This election is moving forward v/s moving backwards to CHINA.

    November 1, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Tom McHugh

    Finally! Finally, some politicians are listening to the 98% of climate scientists and not pretending that there is a meaningful debate about climate change. It may be too late, but finally eyes are seeing the obvious inconvenient truth.

    November 1, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Pam

    Amen, Mayor! Thank you! I

    November 1, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Expat American

    Thank you Mayor Bloomberg.
    The Race is over for Romney.
    Romney lied throughout his entire campaign. Romney changed his stance on countless issues during his entire campaign to best suit the audience he was speaking too. His claim to be a 'conservative' at the CPAC conference in DC was just pathetic. Lastly, it was evident that he jumped on any and every possible opportunity no matter how unfortunate for his own selfish political gain.
    Romney was sadly mistaken to believe he had won the Presidency after the first debate.

    November 1, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Reggiedw

    Who really cares who Bloomburg will be voting for? I am one for sure not interested in his choice. Romney/Ryan in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. JohnnyP

    OMG, this is shocking...the person who wants to control the size of a Coke you can buy is endorsing the person who wants the government to regulate your healthcare. Even Bloomberg admits that Romeny is better for the country economically, and that is what the country needs, someone new to run this dismal economy.

    November 1, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. al in memphis

    "Of course, neither candidate has specified what hard decisions he will make to get our economy back on track while also balancing the budget," Bloomberg concluded. "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."
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    So in other words, if you can get Congress to work together, these issues can be solved or improve. But if Congress decides that they are not going to work with you because they want you to be a one-term president, then its probably not going to improve.
    Well, I guess that sum up the Republican's reelection strategy for the past few years. That why you got nothing out of the bipartisan group that was suppose to suggest something on lowering debts levels.

    November 1, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Really?

    I agree with the mayor. How anyone with half of a brain could vote for Romney, and his NUMEROUS stances on the same subject, is beyond me.

    November 1, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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