Bloomberg Endorses Obama, Cites Hurricane
Mayor says president will lead on climate change
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2012 2:28 PM CDT
President Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a file photo from 2011.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Hurricane Sandy's impact on the election grows: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a surprise endorsement of President Obama today, reports the New York Times. The reason? Bloomberg thinks climate change contributed to the storm, and he thinks Obama is more willing to deal with it.

“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,” the mayor writes at Bloomberg View. He praises Obama for taking "major steps" on issues such as reducing carbon consumption and says Romney has "reversed course" on his own environmental achievements. Read the endorsement in full here.