De Blasio makes it official: He's for Clinton

2015-10-30 21:35
Bill de Blasio. (Seth Wenig, AP)

Bill de Blasio. (Seth Wenig, AP)

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New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio finally announced on Friday that he was backing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, a much-discussed endorsement that had prompted some criticism from fellow Democrats for being so long in coming.

The delay, which co-incided with a push to make himself a national figure on liberal issues, had long puzzled some political observers because the mayor has longstanding ties with the Clintons.

De Blasio announced his endorsement during a high-point for Clinton's presidential campaign. The former secretary of state has consolidated her status as the clear favourite for the Democratic nomination following a string of political triumphs, including a strong debate performance and the announcement by vice president Joe Biden that he would not challenge her for the nomination.

Income inequality

With just over three months to go before the first primary contests, the Republican race remains far more crowded and unpredictable, as establishment favourites such as former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Florida Senator Marco Rubio strive to emerge from the shadow of insurgent outsiders Donald Trump and retired surgeon Ben Carson.

De Blasio said on Friday that Clinton was the candidate best suited to navigate Washington and actually enact liberal policies to combat income inequality.

"The candidate who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively; the candidate who has the right vision and the right experience to get the job done is Hillary Clinton," he said during an early morning appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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