New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a surprise announcement, said Thursday that he endorses President Obama for re-election, citing the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Northeast as a chief reason for his reshaped opinion. Bloomberg, an independent, has been a critic of Obama and his GOP rival Mitt Romney. But he said over the past few days, dealing with the destruction that the storm has brought to his city as well as many others in the region, has "brought the stakes of next Tuesday's presidential election into sharp relief." "Our climate is changing," he wrote in an op-ed for Bloomberg View. "And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it may be — given the devastation it is wreaking — should be enough to compel all elected leaders to take immediate action."
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