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Thursday
Nov012012

Biden Says Bloomberg’s Endorsement Resonates as Call for Unity

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(FT. DODGE, Iowa) – Hours after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his support of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden cited Bloomberg’s endorsement as a call for the country to unite together, regardless of political affiliation.

“When Mayor Bloomberg did his announcement today in support of our ticket, the essence of what he said, the essence of what he said was, 'We’ve got to work together. We’ve all got to be in this together. We’ve got to stop this … blue and red. We’re a purple nation, man. We’re made of Democrats, and, we really are,'” Biden said at the Fort Dodge Museum Opera House in Iowa.

Bloomberg, who identifies as an independent, made his endorsement Thursday afternoon via an op-ed on his personal website, citing climate change as the reason for his support.

“Our climate is changing. 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,” Bloomberg said.

Biden has had kind words to say about Bloomberg in recent days as the New York mayor leads relief efforts in his city in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. In Ocala, Fla. Wednesday, Biden noted that Bloomberg “is one hell of a guy.”

The vice president said he spoke to President Obama Thursday about Bloomberg’s endorsement, saying, “a good friend of mine and ours was going to endorse us today, and he did.” Biden told the crowd President Obama was campaigning in Nevada Thursday but always kept his mind on Iowa, the place which launched his presidential career.

“We’re criss-crossing the country, but he sent his love and affection. He knows he’s president of the United States because of the state of Iowa,” Biden said.

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Monday
Jun042012

Obama, Clinton Hit the Big Apple for Big Bucks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- President Obama and former President Bill Clinton were in New York City Monday night for three splashy joint fundraisers expected to raise north of $3.6 million for the 2012 campaign, according to figures provided by a Democratic official.

The pair started their visit with a private reception at the Manhattan home of hedge fund manager Marc Lasry, where each of the roughly 50 guests will cut checks for $40,000 to the Obama Victory Fund — the most lucrative event of the night.

Presidents 44 and 42 then headed to the Waldorf Astoria hotel in midtown for a splashy 500-person gala that featured a performance by rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

Tickets for the gala started at $2500 apiece, according to a campaign official. The event was also to include three winners of a campaign grassroots fundraising contest that offered the chance for an all-expenses-paid trip to attend for a contribution of as little as $3.

Obama and Clinton will conclude the evening at the New Amsterdam Theater, which is hosting a “Broadway for Barack” concert.  An estimated 1,700 fans are expected; tickets started at $250 each.

The concert will feature performances by Nina Arianda, Kerry Butler, Norbet Leo Butz, Bobby Cannavale, Stockard Channing, Chuck Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, James Earl Jones, Tony Kushner, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Hattienne Park, Mandy Patinkin, Patrick Wilson and Jeffrey Wright, officials said.

The proceeds from all three events benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising account that funnels cash to Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.

The trip, part of a major fundraising push by the president to kick off June, is Obama’s fourth to the Big Apple this year. He will return next week on June 14 for several more fundraisers, including one at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

With Monday’s events, President Obama has personally attended 151 re-election fundraisers for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee – a record-setting number.

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Tuesday
May012012

Giuliani Marks OBL Anniversary with Romney at NY Firehouse

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rudy Giuliani returned to the national stage Tuesday in a familiar role: America’s Mayor.

He won that nickname for the reassuring leadership he provided to New York and to the nation in the chaotic hours after the Sept. 11 attacks.

He put that image to use again Tuesday, this time standing with likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the first anniversary of the U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

But Giuliani’s appearance -- at a New York firehouse that lost 11 men in the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 -- carried special significance this time.

It came as Romney has been on the defensive, trying to beat back suggestions by President Obama and Vice President Biden that Romney would not have ordered the raid on bin Laden’s Pakistani compound had he been president.

Giuliani vouched for Romney Tuesday, declaring, “Mitt Romney, anyone else, would have made the same decision.” Giuliani also said that Obama deserves credit for ordering that raid, “but I wish he wouldn’t use it as a source of negative campaigning. I think that’s a big mistake.”

Giuliani was wrapping up his second term as mayor when two planes crashed into the Trade Center’s towers. He has been a potent symbol and weapon for the Republican Party ever since, even though his own candidacy for president fizzled four years ago.

He has endorsed Republicans around the country and gave a rousing speech for then-President George W. Bush at the 2004 Republican convention -- held, not so coincidentally, in New York City.

“Without really thinking, based on just emotion, spontaneously, I grabbed the arm of then-Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and I said to him, ‘Bernie, Thank God George Bush is our president,’ and I say it again tonight, ‘Thank God George Bush is our president,’” Giuliani told the convention crowd.

Political analysts said Giuliani’s appearance with Romney couldn’t hurt the Republican nominee, but they questioned how much it would help. Some said that by ordering the successful raid on bin Laden, Obama’s anti-terrorism credentials now trump Giuliani’s.

“The bottom line is: Obama killed Osama. In essence, Rudy is now the victim. He has been eclipsed as the face of defiance to al Qaeda and Osama,” said Douglas Muzzio, a professor at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs.

Giuliani’s appearance with Romney was his first since the former mayor endorsed Romney last week. The two have had a rocky relationship. They were rivals during the 2008 presidential race, and late last year Giuliani ridiculed Romney as a serial flip-flopper who would be eviscerated by Obama if he became the Republican nominee.

“What Barack Obama will do with that [is say], ‘This is a man without a core, a man without substance, a man that will say anything to become president of the United States,’" Giuliani said then.

All that was forgotten Tuesday.

“I’m really glad that Gov. Romney selected this particular firehouse as a place to pay tribute to our firefighters, who after all were the first responders to this terrorist war against us, which is a war that still continues and that we still have to be vigilant about. Gov. Romney certainly understands that and has been from the very beginning a leader in the effort to make certain that America remains safe,” Giuliani said.

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Wednesday
Oct272010

New York City Mayor’s Endorsements Spark Rumors of Possible 2012 Run

Photo Courtesy - City of New York(NEW YORK) -- With endorsements running the political gamut, speculation has arisen over whether New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is gearing up for a possible 2012 presidential bid.

In a year of extremes, Bloomberg, an independent, has spent this election season endorsing moderate candidates for both parties. Such endorsements are, to many, evidence that Bloomberg is slowly expanding his political clout.

To date, his handpicked candidates include: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Meg Whitman, the GOP gubernatorial candidate in California and former eBay CEO; Democratic gubernatorial candidates Andrew Cuomo in New York; John Hickenlooper in Colorado and Martin O'Malley in Maryland; Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo; Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., running for Senate in the Keystone State; and Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., running for Senate in the Prairie State. He has endorsed a sole Independent, Lincoln Chaffee, a candidate for governor of Rhode Island. 

Bloomberg’s centrist views may reflect those of a growing number of Americans, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll. It suggests that the independent viewpoint is the fastest-growing political viewpoint in the United States.

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