Obama Endorses Bill De Blasio For New York City Mayor

Obama Gives Endorsement In Major Mayoral Race

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

De Blasio tweeted he was "humbled and proud" to receive the president's endorsement:

Humbled and proud to receive the endorsement of a leader who fights every day for working and middle-class Americans: @BarackObama.

— Bill de Blasio (@deBlasioNYC) September 23, 2013

Obama released the following statement on de Blasio:

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 city. Whether it’s 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, Bill's agenda for New York is marked by bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time.

De Blasio said he is "deeply honored" by the president's endorsement.

“If I am fortunate to earn the trust of the people of New York on November 5th, I will work every day to advance our shared value of making sure everyone has a fair shot," de Blasio said. "On health care, tax fairness or the economy, the President is no stranger to addressing big problems with big ideas and big solutions. I will emulate the example he has set, and if elected I stand eager to work with him on an urban agenda that grows prosperity for all."

The Clintons also endorsed de Blasio last week.

De Blasio is facing off against Republican Joe Lhota on Nov. 5.

This story has been updated with statements from Obama and de Blasio.

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