De Blasio Wins Obama's Backing in NYC Mayoral Race

Monday, 23 Sep 2013 11:21 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

President Barack Obama on Monday threw his support behind New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, lauding his fellow Democrat's commitment to "an economy that works for all" and a "bold, courageous" plan to lift more New Yorkers out of poverty.

De Blasio, a liberal who has campaigned on the idea that America's largest city should do more to address economic inequality, has a wide lead over Republican Joe Lhota, a deputy under former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, in the race to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall.

"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 said in a statement distributed by the de Blasio campaign.

Obama cited de Blasio's plan to increase taxes on the city's highest earners to expand access to pre-kindergarten programs and efforts to prevent the closure of community hospitals as "bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time."

Lhota has praised the effort to expand pre-kindergarten programs, but has said there are ways to pay for it without a tax increase, while de Blasio's Democratic critics say it is doubtful the state legislature, which must approve changes in income tax rates, will go along with the plan.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Abbott, Davis, Squaring Off in Texas Gubernatorial Debate

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 10:46 AM

Friday night's debate between Texas gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis could be a game-changer in one  . . .

House GOP Leaders Solidify Positions in Drama-Free Spell

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 09:33 AM

The House GOP leaders have strengthened their positions and are no longer constantly looking over their shoulders to see . . .

Top Democrats Stepping Away From Wasserman Schultz

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 09:13 AM

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is losing support from the White House, congressional  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved