By Ben Tyrer
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has officially endorsed President Barack Obama in his re-election bid.
Posting on his personal website, Mayor Bloomberg cited Hurricane Sandy and climate change issues as the two main reasons why he will be voting for President Obama on November 6th.
He said: “We need leadership from the White House – and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks.”
Mayor Bloomberg reserved some praise for the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, describing him as a “good and decent man.”
However, he pointed out that Romney has done a U-turn on several key issues from his time as Governor of Massachusetts.
He said: “In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts.”
Mayor Bloomberg, who is an independent not affiliated with either party, didn’t endorse a candidate in 2008.
This endorsement follows Chris Christie’s praise of Obama’s handling of Hurricane Sandy.
Currently the candidates are neck and neck in the polls, with both currently on 47.4%.