Obama endorses de Blasio for mayor

Bill de Blasio has been endorsed by President Barack Obama. Eagle file photo

Praises candidate’s ‘bold, courageous ideas'

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign has gotten the presidential seal of approval.

The New York Observer reported on its website Monday morning that President Barack Obama has weighed in on the mayor’s race Monday morning, endorsing Democrat Bill de Blasio for the job of running the country’s largest city.

Obama’s endorsement comes a week after former president Bill Clinton and his wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton jointly announced that they are backing de Blasio. In 2000, de Blasio was Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager she ran for the US senate and won.

In a statement, Obama praised de Blasio, the city’s current public advocate, as someone with “bold, courageous ideas,” and stated that he would make a great mayor.

“Progressive change is the centerpiece of Bill de Blasio's vision for New York City, and it's why he will be a great mayor of America's largest city,” Obama stated.

“Whether it’s ensuring pre-kindergarten is available for every four-year old, expanding after-school programs for every middle school student who wants and needs them, making affordable housing available for more New York families and preserving community hospitals, Bill's agenda for New York is marked by bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time,” the president stated.

A delighted de Blasio announced the endorsement on his twitter page. “Humbled and proud to receive the endorsement of a leader who fights every day for working and middle-class Americans: @BarackObama,” the former Park Slope councilman tweeted to his followers.

With less than two months to go until the election, The Democrat is trouncing Republican Joe Lhota in the polls. The latest Quinnipiac University poll had de Blasio with 66 percent of the vote. Lhota, a former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman, had 25 percent in the poll.



September 23, 2013 - 12:30pm



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