Bill de Blasio (Finally) Endorses Hillary Clinton

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bill de Blasio (Finally) Endorses Hillary Clinton.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed Hillary Clinton for president after months of hesitation while organizing his own coalition to back progressive causes. “The candidate who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively and has the right vision and the right experience and the ability to get the job done is Hillary Clinton,” de Blasio told Joe Scarborough on Friday during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “We’ve never had a president more experienced in foreign policy,” he said of the former secretary of state. He said Clinton has a history of fighting for income equality, paid family leave, pre-k for all kids and voting rights, among other issues. “We have to take on economic inequality. He worked in the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton and was then plucked from relative political obscurity to run Hillary Clinton’s successful 2000 Senate campaign. But de Blasio appeared on “Meet the Press” the April morning of Hillary Clinton’s campaign announcement and said that unlike other New York politicians — including both senators and Gov. Yet, as the presidential campaign unfolded, de Blasio withheld any endorsement of a candidate as he traveled the U.S. advocating taxing the wealthy, boosts in the minimum wage, trade laws that protect American workers and government investments in infrastructure to create jobs.

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. 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 (the forum is still scheduled to happen, though it’s unclear which candidates may attend). 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. Clinton, Chuck Todd, the “Meet the Press” host conducting the interview, was visibly incredulous, and he aggressively pursued follow-up questions.

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