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Mayor Mike Bloomberg Endorses Obama

Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Citing climate change as the deciding factor, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday endorsed President Obama for a second term, saying Hurricane Sandy “brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.”

In the wake of the devastation, Bloomberg, an independent, said the president is the best leader to tackle climate change, which he believes contributed to the storm.

“Our climate is changing,” Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed on his personal website. “And 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 it, the risk that it might be – given this week’s devastation – should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”

The mayor, in his third term, praised the president’s efforts to reduce carbon consumption and emissions, writing that “when I step into the voting booth, I think about the world I want to leave my two daughters, and the values that are required to guide us there.”

Bloomberg made no presidential endorsement in 2008.

As for the Republican nominee, Bloomberg criticizes Romney for reversing his support for a regional cap-and-trade plan that he signed as Massachusetts governor. “We need determined leadership at the national level to move the nation and the world forward,” Bloomberg wrote.

“I believe Mitt Romney is a good and decent man, and he would bring valuable business experience to the Oval Office. He understands that America was built on the promise of equal opportunity, not equal results.

“In the past he has also 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,” he wrote.

President Obama released a statement Thursday, saying he was “honored to have Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement.”

“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.  Just as importantly, we agree that whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or independents, there is only one way to solve these challenges and move forward as a nation - together.  I look forward to thanking him in person - but for now, he has my continued commitment that this country will stand by New York in its time of need.  And New Yorkers have my word that we will recover, we will rebuild, and we will come back stronger.”

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