(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.
Great job Mayor Bloomberg! Romney obviously a flip flop and far from being a leader.
Let's move FORWARD, not BACK
US President Barack Obama's Middle East policy is in ruins. Like no president before him, he tried to win over the Arab world. After some initial hesitation, he came out clearly on the side of the democratic revolutions. … In this context, he must accept the fact that he has snubbed old close allies such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian military. And now parts of the freed societies are turning against the country which helped bring them into being. Anti-Americanism in the Arab world has even increased to levels greater than in the Bush era. It's a bitter outcome for Obama.
It's a bitter outcome for the United States of America!
If Mitt was the President, he would have not bailed out NYC and NJ from the storm...he would have let it sunk...since he doesn't believe in government helping. Lol...I'm assuming the Republican voters in those states will be turning down gov't help...
@TheBigSarge: Wonder if you would have called Bloomberg a "communist" if he had endorsed Romney? Doubtful, isn't it?
He would've supported Obama anyway, because he has for many years. Supporting him because of *climate change* is the real whopper, because he was lax to call for ANY evacuation, and completely forgot Staten Island during Sandy. The guys on the Weather Channel were dumbfounded that he didn't advise immediate evacuation the day before the superstorm hit! Even i was asking CNN where the hurricane stories were, NY should fire this little loon.
Romney is a two-faced liar and everyone can see that. Obama is the only way forward for America!
There you go. Intelligence, wealth, power, independent thinking and you vote for what makes better sense, not for what will cut your taxes by $200.
The US government so far has lent, guaranteed or committed to $12.9 trillion so far. Add to this asset purchases of $2.3 trillion, guarantees of the debts of Fannie, Freddie and Ginnie of $7.3 trillion and other guarantees of $6.6 trillion for the US banking system and the total becomes $29.1 trillion. With this level of US Government exposure already, it is easy to see how we get to the debt figures of $36-45 trillion.
America deserves better Presidential leadership.
Like Obama, the Communist Party of the USA pushes Marxism-Leninism as a means to remove Private Ownership and Wealth Redistribution. Class Warfare and the Welfare State is the stated goal. Capitalism is the Enemy.
Bloomberg is a suck up. He is so sickening. What did Obummer promise to do for this jerl?
Hey Sarge, when you use your big boy words like Obozo and bloomy it really adds to the credibility of the point you are trying to make. Keep up the good work there big boy.
A billionaire who can't reduce crime, increase employment, but knows how to raise taxes and focuses on how much soda is served backs Obama. I think this says it all.
Mayor Bloomberg needs to worry about the city of New York right now and stop endorsing presidential candidates. Step up like Guiliani did post 9/11.
Really I guess two peas in a pod, this country needs Romney, Obama is not for the people but for his own agenda, just like the Mayor keep taking away people's rights to choose, just like Obama if you have worked hard all your life you need to give that to others who could care less and share what you have...really...what a joke so much for "Hope and Change" I will not be voting for Obama this time around.
Twenty-three million Americans are struggling for work, and nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty. And still, President Obama and his liberal allies are asking for another chance to get it right. Our country can't afford to give it to them.
Wall Street (+136...? ) and their mayor have no shame. you better go help people, morn.
He can afford Obama.
Isn't this the guy that oulawed large drinks in NYC. If so, I'm not surprised in the least bit.
The haters are hating this!!!!
A win by Obama will allow him to press ahead with his Socialist revolution, deepening government intervention in the economy and leaving our partners abroad worried about his "leading from behind" strategy instead of working with all to shape a better future.
What I also find halarious, that drug addict, Rush Limbaugh said on yesterday, when he thought he had the last laugh that Bloomberg had endorsed Romney!!! LOL. That man lies min by min.
Proud of you Bloomies. Make the sensible choice. Obviously Romney is always for Multiple choice!
At one point or another during the republican primary, voters overwhelmingly preferred Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and even Newt Gingrich!
How can Mitt Romney, the greatest hypocrite the world has ever seen, be polling more than 10%?
Obama X Romney is the same as Romney 1994 X Romney 2012.
I thought he was an Independant – aren't they "non-partisan" ? LOL – – Colin Powell also endorsed Obama – – and he's republican – – WoW !! I mean, isn't Bloomberg a Billionaire ? ( with a "B" ) ? LOL – – – I knew there was 1 "Billionaire that endorsed Obama – and That was Warren Buffet – – – LOL – – – BUT Bloomberg ?? WoW !! I don't know what else to say – –
To be perfectly Honest – IF I was a Billionaire ( with a "B" ) I most likely would have Voted for Robme – Why ? because It really wouldn't make much difference who was our next president, because I would be so rich, it wouldn't matter.( I guess)
But what about the people that makes 100 K or Less ??
IF they don't Vote Democrat – this country will be in trouble, period.
I honestly can't see how people can Vote for a guy that shut down factories, & bought them out, sent them overseas, and put the MONEY he sold them for, in Off Shore Bank accounts. I mean, what's THAT all about ? And he wants people ( the voters) in this country to VOTE for Him ?? How can this guy be trusted ? simply amazes me.
I don't know how Romney does it, you'd think his conscience would bother him. I mean, It would bother MY Conscience, if I put people out of work, shut down their place of work, sold it & shipped it to another country. BUT, Robme, LOL – he has no shame.
May the Best Man Win – – 2012