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NYC Mayor de Blasio Finally Endorses Clinton

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By    |   Friday, 30 October 2015 07:41 AM

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton scored a key endorsement on Friday, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing on live TV that he'd decided to formally endorse the former Secretary of State and New York senator for the presidency.

"I've seen her vision and platform develop over five months and extremely pleased with what she's put on the table," the mayor told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. He said he's also impressed with her "history of fighting the issues."

He explained that when he says Clinton is evolving, he also believes that is happening throughout the entire Democratic Party.

"The beauty of the Democratic Party...is Democrats are challenging each other on positions and in general agree on an economic platform," said the Democratic mayor. "Republicans sadly, and I think they should get away from this are comparing body parts and poll numbers."

De Blasio managed 2000 Senate campaign and served in former President Bill Clinton's administration, and earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that his endorsement was  likely to come before a Dec. 6 presidential forum in Iowa he organized.

However, according to The New York Daily News, de Blasio's support will come too late for Clinton's newly formed leadership council in the state, which includes most top Democrats from around New York and every citywide elected official — except for him, because when the council was formed, the mayor had not yet announced his endorsement.

De Blasio had come under criticism for the delay, but he insisted repeatedly that he wanted to hear more from Clinton on many issues, namely income inequality, before he'd officially endorse her.

The delay left Democrats accusing him of putting his own goals of becoming a national liberal leader ahead of loyalty to the Clintons or to the party.

"He wasn't on the list because he doesn't support Hillary Clinton," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told The Daily News about the mayor's name not being included on Clinton's leadership council list, which is a virtual who's who of New York liberal stars, including Cuomo, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and all New York City-wide elected officials except for the mayor.

"You would have to talk to him about his political agenda," Cuomo, who has often been at odds with the mayor, continued, adding that only a few "stragglers" were not behind Clinton yet.
But on Friday, de Blasio praised Clinton for consistently "filling in the blanks forcefully," said de Blasio, on several progressive items, such as the economy, mass incarceration, voting rights and more.

"[From] when she first ran for the Senate, when she speaks from her experience and the changes we need, there is a powerful vision and authenticity there," the mayor continued. "The American and middle class is in crisis."

De Blasio also continued that the nation has seen Clinton's "steel" when confronting health insurance companies and through the hours before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Further, he said he believes Clinton will "follow through" on a "very sharp progressive platform."

And when "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough invited de Blasio to look into a camera and tell Clinton's main competition for the nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, why he is supporting Clinton, he said he is endorsing her because "we have to take on income inequality. It's the issue of our time. We have to restore the middle class and Hillary Clinton knows how to do it and will get it done and has a progressive platform to speaks to the changes we need."

Further, de Blasio praised Clinton's experience, saying "we've never had a president, someone who came into office more experienced than Hillary Clinton. She knows how to build across the world."

De Blasio said he is "absolutely" going to campaign for Clinton across the country.

Meanwhile, the mayor said he believes the race for the White House will be "very competitive" and he does not think anyone should assume who the winner will be for either party.

"There's a lot to play out," said de Blasio. "I think Ben Carson should not be underestimated. I get very worried as a Democrat when we underestimate anyone. Ben Carson is an impressive human being. Let's face it, it's an accomplished man. His calm demeanor is something people appreciate."

Further, said de Blasio, Carson is "the ultimate outsider. He's an accomplished guy in the medical field that did something that's not politics and Washington. People shouldn't forget the public is being logical and like something that's different from what they see in Washington."

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