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article imageNYC mayor Bloomberg defends candidates of compromise

By R. Francis Rubio     Sep 19, 2010 in Politics
New York - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems party blind when it comes to lending his support to this year's crop of political hopefuls, endorsing Democratic, Republican and Independent candidates alike.
In his first extensive newspaper interview in years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlined his plans to Michael Barbaro of The New York Times, including his plan to involve himself to a greater extent in a national election than ever before.
The Mayor will be traveling the Country campaigning for candidates that he says are not bound by rigid ideology and are capable of compromise.
Thursday Mr. Bloomberg visited Rhode Island to campaign for Republican turned Independent Lincoln Chaffe who is in a three way race for Governor. Then next week he'll be heading out to California to lend a hand to Republican Candidate Meg Whitman.
Ms. Whitman, the former CEO of eBay is looking to defeat her opponent, Democrat and former Governor Jerry Brown come this fall.
Bloomberg will also be holding a fund-raise at his Manhattan town house for Democratic Majority leader Harry Reid who is in a heated battle with Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, a Republican, for the Arizona Senate seat.
In the Times interview Mayor Bloomberg suggested that with all the fury the Tea Party movement unleashed it's not a foundation for leadership calling it a fad, and made the comparison to the supporters of the 1992 campaign of Ross Perot.
He said, "Look, people are angry, their anger is understandable. Washington isn't working. Government seems to be paralyzed and unable to solve all of our problems." He added: "Anger, however, is not a government strategy, it's not a way to govern."
Also in the interview Mr. Bloomberg stressed that he wanted to see more cooperation between parties such as the partnership once displayed by Senators Orrin Hatch and Edward Kennedy saying that he would not have voted for either of them, "one because he's too liberal for me, one because he's too conservative for me."
Although, he added "These two guys who went into the Senate together and were the closest of personal friends for 40 years, they were everything democracy says a Senator should be."
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