Bloomberg Endorses Obama

    New York mayor Michael Bloomberg , foreground, leaves a press conference followed by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman after they were present at the announcement that the New York Islanders will move from their current home in Nassau County to Brooklyn and play at the Barclays Center starting in 2015, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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    The two biggest national news stories converged Thursday, when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a brief respite from ushering recovery to the Big Apple in order to endorse President Barack Obama in the presidential race. Bloomberg, a staunch independent who has been openly critical of Obama in the past, said that the president’s plans to combat climate change is what led to the surprise decision. “The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast—in lost lives, lost homes, and lost business—brought the stakes of next Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,” he wrote in a column for Bloomberg View.

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