Obama Endorses Bill de Blasio For NYC Mayor

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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.

De Blasio, who was endorsed by Hillary and Bill Clinton shortly after winning the mayoral primary, tweeted his appreciation for the Obama endorsement shortly after it was released.

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).