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Mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio receives endorsement from President Obama

Carlotta Mohamed | 9/23/2013, 12:43 p.m.
President Barack Obama today endorsed Democratic candidate, Bill De Blasio, in the race for New York City mayor.

President Barack Obama today endorsed Democratic candidate, Bill De Blasio, in the race for New York City mayor.

President Obama said that De Blasio is committed to an economy that works for all, and not just for the wealthy at the top, lifting more people out of poverty and into the middle class so that no New Yorker is left behind.

“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 country,” said President Obama. “Whether its ensuring pre-kindergarten is available for every four-year old, expanding after-school programs for every middle school student who wants and needs them, making affordable housing available for more New York families and preserving community hospitals.”

He further added, “Bill’s agenda for New York is marked by bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time.”

In response to President Obama’s endorsement, De Blasio said he is deeply honored and hopes to be fortunate to earn New Yorker’s trust on Election Day. He is running against Republican, Joe Lhota, on November 5.

“I will work everyday to advance our shared value of making sure everyone has a fair shot. On health care, tax fairness or the economy, the President is no stranger to addressing big problems with big ideas and big solutions,” said De Blasio.

De Blasio said that if he’s elected Mayor of New York City, he would emulate the example President Obama has set, and hopes to work together on an urban agenda that will grow prosperity for all.

The mayoral hopeful already has endorsements from his former rival Bill Thompson, former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary, and New York Senator Chuck Schumer amongst many other supporters.