Bill De Blasio Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bill de Blasio (Finally) Endorses Hillary Clinton.

“The candidate who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively, the candidate who has the right vision, the right experience and the ability to get the job done, is Hillary Clinton,” he said. de Blasio’s endorsement comes months too late to matter for him (or her). It is, in the parlance of The Fix’s Endorsement Hierarchy, the classic “obligatory” endorsement. (Read more on the Endorsement Hierarchy here or scroll to the bottom of this post for the categories and examples of each.) The New York City mayor withheld his endorsement of Clinton’s presidential campaign for months, explicitly refusing to back the woman whose Senate campaign he managed in 2000 back in April on “Meet the Press.” At the time, de Blasio withheld his support, insisting that “I want to see a vision. De Blasio managed Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign and worked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the former secretary of state’s husband, ex-President Bill Clinton.

Appearing on “Meet the Press” the April morning of Hillary Clinton’s campaign announcement, he said that unlike other New York politicians, including both senators and Gov. Instead, the Clinton campaign emailed a note to reporters calling the mayor’s support “a sign of the campaign’s continued momentum.” The circumstances of Mr. de Blasio’s endorsement on Friday were a sign of the reduced level of interest in his presidential preferences since he initially denied Mrs.

You can be sure Clinton and her people didn’t.) As the months went on, it became clear that no one was really waiting on de Blasio to weigh in on the race. The mayor also moved toward making himself a national figure on liberal issues, particularly on the fight against income inequality, and founded The Progressive Agenda Committee, which is hosting a presidential forum in early-voting Iowa this December. And, with Vice President Biden not running, the contest tilted clearly back in Clinton’s favor — although by how much depends on what poll you believe. But polls reflected that many New Yorkers felt that de Blasio was prioritizing the national over the municipal and many of his advisers in City Hall urged him to simply take the plunge and endorse Clinton. “There’s a lot of spine there and a lot of steel there,” said de Blasio. “She has said what she believes in.

For months, the mayor’s allies objected to accusations that Mr. de Blasio wanted to play kingmaker, saying that he simply wanted to hear more detail about the policy plans of presidential contenders, particularly at an early stage of the campaign. The will-he-or-won’t-he soap opera ended shortly after sunrise, on a low-rated, basic cable talk show amid banter about baseball and jokes about Citi Bike.

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