Bloomberg Endorses Joe Biden (Obama and Romney Can Wait)

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Bloomberg Endorses Joe Biden (Obama and Romney Can Wait)
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Bloomberg Endorses Joe Biden (Obama and Romney Can Wait)

If you are one of those pesky undecided voters and you were waiting to decide between Obama and Romney based off the word of Mayor Bloomberg himself, stop. You're turning blue in the face. Get a soda and make up your own mind. Bloomberg's probably not going to endorse anyone.

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With two weeks and change remaining before we finally go to the polls, a high-profile interview with the New York Times' Jim Rutenberg sure seems like the ideal setting for Bloomberg to drop an endorsement of either candidate. Instead, he had testy (and possibly jealous?) words for both men: 

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For Mr. Romney: “I do think that Romney’s business experience would be valuable, but I don’t know that running Bain Capital gives you the experience to run the country.”

For Mr. Obama: “This business of ‘Well, they can afford it; they should pay their fair share?’ Who are you to say ‘Somebody else’s fair share?’ ”

This will (potentially) be the second election in a row that Bloomberg declined to endorse either candidate. He does tell Rutenberg an endorsement may still come. After all, it is not November 6. He criticized both candidates on social and fiscal issues, especially ones that don't line up with the views of his new super PAC. He's throwing economic support behind candidates who support gay marriage, who are tough on gun laws, and who want education reform. 

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But Bloomberg reserved his biggest compliments for Vice President Joe Biden. When Rutenberg asked how Bloomberg could criticize the President's stance on gay marriage, the Mayor retorts that was Biden's doing. "It was Joe Biden that forced that issue," Bloomberg says. Biden told a reporter the President supported gay marriage a few days before the President officially announced his position. "Some people say he just goes off; I would say he’s a principled guy."

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