Citing climate change, Bloomberg endorses Obama
November 1st, 2012
03:42 PM ET
2 years 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. Al

    Now this is surprising, who would have thought that.

    November 1, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Boo

    And the conservative m o r o n s are probably whining about this....wah wah wah....

    November 1, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. dek2711

    The Repuglicans now are making excuses as usual...Bloomberg now is a looser blah blah..cry babies...

    November 1, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. javier

    Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.

    Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

    my hat off to the mayor!!

    November 1, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Martin Angell

    Mitt Romney's changing positions? What about Barack Obama's changing position on GAY MARRIAGE, not being able to cut one dollar of federal spending and doubling the deficit rather than cutting it in half, not closing Gitmo?

    Bloomberg, you and Colin Powell must be smoking too much at those Democrat get-togethers!

    November 1, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. USAF Vet

    I too could have supported the Romney of the past. The version we saw in the primaries that was way way to the right is different from the version we have seen swerve to the middle here recently. I haven't always agreed with Obama, but he isn't flip flopping around the country changing positions depending on his audience!

    November 1, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Lance C

    Build a muslim spectacle next to Ground Zero. Have a martahon the weekend after a hurricane taking valuable hotel rooms and resources from people who need them. The Obama endorsement goes right along with these foolis decisions. Mr. Mayor, adios!

    November 1, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Thomas

    @mike t
    lol and endorsement from the fool that banned large soft drinks .That says alot.

    ======

    When your obese and on kiddney dialisis from energy drinks and 24 0z sodas , you still still be able get medical help .

    MAybe your children can learn from your example !

    Be Grateful !

    November 1, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Everybody's Doing It

    Bill Gates endorsed Obama.

    Warren Buffett endorsed Obama.

    Michael Bloomberg endorsed Obama.

    Mitt Romney endorsed Obama in the third debate.

    November 1, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. kim

    Thank you mayor. another GOPer that has seen the party slide so far too the right, they have slid back in time. Hopefully this is a wakeup call to all the independents, borderline republicans(the republicans that don't agree with the far right, don't want Romney as their candidate).
    We are so sorry that your city, and NJ and all the other areas are going through pure hell, all the while everyone effected is also trying to make the decision in this election that will impact the US and the world for years to come. Thank you for stepping up and leading the way.

    November 1, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    . An Independent third term mayor of a major metropolis is endorsing our President.
    I hear Romney packing his bags for Kolub and taking his 12 blogging disciples with him.
    Oh and thanks Bloomberg, but that "If" crap in your editorial does not belong on the side of the President.
    President Obama continues to this day, as proven by his statesman-like treatment of a very needy Gov. Christie, to treat everyone with respect and to reach across and forgive the many past transgressions.
    He's a good and decent man. He is a man of character and of his word.He is also extremely intelligent, and posseses all the qualities of an outstanding and transcedental leader.
    But thanks anyway, Bloom.

    November 1, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Jerry

    Were you expecting anything else from Nutty Bloomer?! Err, sorry, a tipo. I meant Bloomberg?!

    November 1, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. ATL Guy

    "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,"

    This says it all about Mitt Romney. Sensible people would refuse to follow you because you've changed so much, we don't know who you really are. And Romney just lies so much that it's disconcerting. The welfare ad and the Jeep ads are just wrong and before he pulls them, he keeps them up and tries to defend them. Very disappointing. I would've supported him but his inconsistencies and his lies turned me off to him big time.

    November 1, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. mike t

    lol and endorsement from the guy that banned large soft drinks?guess the United States didnt have fat people before Coca Cola.

    November 1, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. wardenhallis

    Maybe it's "God's Will" that he demonstrates that global warming is real... :O

    November 1, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. namethename

    We are losers once Obama wins

    November 1, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Liza

    Yay! Is Christie next?

    November 1, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Kathy Smith

    ct--I voted for Obama in 2008. I will not vote for him in 2012. I am not a RACIST!!! I am disappointed in his performance. He said he would take a "scaple" to the budget–he did not. He said he would united Blue and Red states, he would be partisan-he is the most devise president that I can remember. He forced a healthcare program that will raise taxes exponentially and told Matt Lauer that it was not a tax!!!!!! He did nothing for true and thoughtful immigration reform. He has proven to me that he is NOT a hard worker and does not get things done. I am sick of him going on the View, Letterman, Leno, MTV and will not hold legitimate press conferences to address the serious issues of our nation. Are these reason enough for you??? Don't call me a racist-you are too much like Obama!!!

    November 1, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Kayann

    Thank you Mr. Bloomberg for endorsing the man who actually cares about the environment. The polluters won't be able to kid themselves much longer about the reality of climate change.

    November 1, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Thomas

    @Lance C
    Build a muslim spectacle next to Ground Zero. Have a martahon the weekend after a hurricane taking valuable hotel rooms and resources from people who need them. The Obama endorsement goes right along with these foolis decisions. Mr. Mayor, adios!

    ======

    Stope your sniveling , your not from NEW YORK !

    Yes , have the Marathon , show the world you get back up when your down , and keep on RUNNING !

    November 1, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Mike

    The Romney CONservative flip flopping and outright lies are finally catching up with him. He is a man with no backbone who will say anything to get ahead. Just as he did in his business career harvesting companies for his own personal wealth and his Bain investors. Leaving many working class lives devastated. Time for Mitt to pack it in you are cooked. Finally I hope the SEC starts an investigation into his continual lying about Jeep production even after being told it was false by Jeep. The guy is a scoundrel. Last advice to Mitt. You want to be president bring your money back home and out of the tax scam locations that all you clowns use. Pay your share like the working people of this country that do not utilize all these scams.

    November 1, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Captain Tom

    He has no reason to lie. He is no fool. Well done Mayor.

    November 1, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. mike t

    LOL i love obama will that one get by moderation

    November 1, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Stellar12

    Well said Mr. Mayor. I just hope the people of NY and NJ will have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in the election. It would be extremely unjust if these people who have been devastated by Sandy are also deprived of this right.

    November 1, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. gisthatright

    Many will be sad when Mr. Romney loses.

    November 1, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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