October 24th, 2009
10:45 AM ET
13 years ago

The New York Times endorses Bloomberg

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NEW YORK (CNN)– The New York Times endorsed Mayor Michael Bloomberg's bid for a third term Saturday, praising his ability to handle the most difficult situations.

"Mr. Bloomberg has been a first-rate steady hand during unsteady times," an editorial in The Times said. "He guided the city out of the post-9/11 recession, then tucked away money during the boom years that followed. That foresight has helped New Yorkers weather one of the worst economic downturns in 80 years. Mayor Bloomberg has easily earned another four years."

The editorial commended Bloomberg's Democratic opponent, city Comptroller William Thompson, but said he has spent too much time attacking the New York Mayor, and too little time laying out his proposed policies for the city.

Bloomberg won a campaign last fall to allow for a third mayoral term.

While his favorability in the polls took a minor dip after he persuaded New York's city council to overturn the term limits, the latest poll conducted by Marist College show Bloomberg, an independent, with a 16-point lead over Thompson, 52-32 percent. Twelve percent of likely voters said they supported other candidates or remained undecided.

Filed under: Michael Bloomberg • New York Times
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Michael Bloomberg's bid for a third term ???

    IMPOSSIBLE. Will Lose.

    Done Gone Finished.

    Time to Retire Mr. Bloomberg.

    October 24, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Bloomberg has been a great mayor for my city and should keep that office as long as we are lucky enough for him to want it.
    The only other NYC mayor I admired as much was Ed Koch.

    October 24, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. raul

    if this guy ever runs for president hell want to extend it to 12 yrs .. all these dictatorships hiding behind democracy. how about extending home loans , extending city workers pays , extending teachers pay. hmmmmm

    October 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. S Callahan

    Let's see: WHO owns the paper? Who changed term limits?
    I think the later irks me most, despite his blue ribbion work..it's still manipulation of the political system....and voter rights. So, from my take all his great works is really and insult to the voters right to choose.

    October 24, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. New Father

    "he persuaded New York's city council to overturn the term limits," one can thank God that this man is so much smarter than anyone else in the state. Hopefully he can stay in office for years to come, after all look how good New York is doing. Anyone who changes the laws to better themselves has my vote. What great choices the people have a canidate with no plans just attacks and one who changes the law to get re-ellected.

    October 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Bull

    Does this mean that the Times is now in the same class as Fox News, nothing more than an opinion paper?

    October 24, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Michie Matakawa

    Mayer Bloomberg deserves without questions, should be a Mayer for another term. I am pleased to know that finally the New Yoek Times has endorsed the Mayer for another term. it's a fair endorsement. Usually I do not approve on your bias view, on numerous cases.
    Proud of beeing a New York City residence. MM

    October 24, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |