Obama Endorses De Blasio

by Andrew Johnson

President Obama is in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly, but he also made sure to throw his support behind the city’s Democratic mayoral hopeful.

“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,” the president said in a statement today. President Obama praised several of de Blasio’s platforms, such as on education and housing, as “bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time.”

Since winning the party’s nomination two weeks ago, the president’s endorsement is de Blasio’s second major one in as many weeks. Last week, the Clintons endorsed de Blasio, who served in the administration and managed Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign.

De Blasio thanked President Obama for his endorsement and said he “will emulate the example [the president] has set.”

On the Corner earlier today, Stanley Kurtz detailed de Blasio’s left-wing ties, including raising money for Nicaragua’s Marxist Sandinistas and time in the New Party.