Thursday, November 01, 2012

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Endorses Obama

Independent NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg endorsed Barack Obama today. He did not endorse either candidate in 2008.

Some of his reasoning:
His Race to the Top education program -- much of which was opposed by the teachers’ unions, a traditional Democratic Party constituency -- has helped drive badly needed reform across the country, giving local districts leverage to strengthen accountability in the classroom and expand charter schools.
His health-care law -- for all its flaws -- will provide insurance coverage to people who need it most and save lives.
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. The two parties’ nominees for president offer different visions of where they want to lead America.
One believes a woman’s right to choose should be protected for future generations; one does not. That difference, given the likelihood of Supreme Court vacancies, weighs heavily on my decision.
One recognizes marriage equality as consistent with America’s march of freedom; one does not. I want our president to be on the right side of history.
One sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not. I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.
(But Gov. Romney still has Trump and Kid Rock.)

The Economist Endorses Barack Obama

The Economist endorsed Barack Obama today. Before Obama they had endorsed John Kerry, George W. Bush, Bob Dole, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan. This is the first time they've endorsed an incumbent.