Obama Endorses Bill de Blasio For NYC Mayor
After arriving in New York for this week’s United Nations summit, President Obama took a moment to endorse Bill de Blasio for New York City mayor Monday, calling the newly-minted Democratic nominee an agent for “progressive change” and praising his “bold, courageous ideas.” Obama gushed:
During the primary campaign, de Blasio unabashedly positioned himself as the liberal in the race, a vacuum that desperately needed filling after Anthony Weiner crashed and burned early on. Income inequality was a main theme of de Blasio's campaign; referring to “a tale of two cities” that emerged under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he pledged to raise taxes on people making over $500,000 a year to fund universal pre-kindergarden and after school programs. He also wants to increase affordable housing through the use of zoning laws (big government alert!), and supports ending stop-and-frisk.
Obama's endorsement of de Blasio was much more full-throated than his comically timid 2009 endorsement of then-Democratic nominee Bill Thompson (who also ran unsuccessfully against de Blasio this time around).