Bill de Blasio’s ‘okay fine, I will endorse her’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bill de Blasio (Finally) Endorses Hillary Clinton.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign on Friday morning during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “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. It’s time to see a clear, bold vision for progressives.” His goal was clear — to establish himself as a national liberal powerbroker who could move Clinton to the ideological left. 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. Yet as the presidential campaign unfolded, de Blasio withheld any endorsement 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.

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. 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. Earlier this year he traveled to the Midwest and Washington to promote his views, calling income inequality the defining issue of the 2016 presidential race. 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. More recently, however, the mayor’s inner circle had grown frustrated with his delay in endorsing, saying that the uncertainty had become a distraction.

Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Democrat, criticized de Blasio for declining to endorse Clinton, and this week her campaign produced a list of home-state supporters that included Governor Andrew Cuomo, U.S. 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. Clinton spelled out most of these views during a speech at Roosevelt Island in June, which de Blasio praised while continuing to be demure on the question of endorsing her. Clinton had increasingly fit his criteria for a candidate, saying, “As you’ve seen in each successive speech, Hillary has filled in the blanks forcefully.” At the same time, he urged voters to pay more attention to her accomplishments in the past.

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