Mayor Bloomberg endorses Obama for president

President Barack Obama and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at

President Barack Obama and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Ground Zero, Sept. 11, 2008. (Getty) (Credit: President Barack Obama and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Ground Zero, Sept. 11, 2008. (Getty))

The wait is over. Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed Thursday that he is endorsing President Barack Obama's re-election bid.

The Independent mayor, who told reporters in September that he had made an election decision but chose not to reveal it, cited the president's work on fighting climate change as the main factor for his decision.

Bloomberg noted that the city has been hit with two major hurricanes in two years, and said the White House needed a leader who could take steps to prevent more complications from global warming.

"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," he wrote in an editorial for Bloomberg News.

Bloomberg passed on a presidential visit following the hurricane because he could not spare the police officers.

The mayor wrote that Mitt Romney has good leadership qualities, but he criticized the GOP nominee for reversing his stand on gun control, health care and the environment. He also criticized Romney for his stand against gay marriage and abortion rights.

"If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him, because, like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing," Bloomberg wrote.

The mayor didn't endorse any presidential candidates during the last presidential election.

Tags: Michael Bloomberg , election 2012 , Hurricane Sandy , Barack Obama , Mitt Romney , Ivan Pereira

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