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US Election Updates - November 2, 2012

Bloomberg endorses Obama for a second term

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term, citing his record on climate change, particularly in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

On Thursday, Bloomberg said Obama had taken significant steps to reduce carbon consumption comparing him to Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who has shifted on earlier positions he had taken while governor of Massachusetts to curb climate change.

"Our climate is changing," Bloomberg wrote in an opinion piece for Bloomberg News.

"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 might be, given this week's devastation, should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action."

Obama and Romney are embroiled in a tight race for the White House. Bloomberg’s endorsement came just five days before Tuesday's election.

The support from Bloomberg, a Republican turned independent, comes after Obama won admiration from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican and one of Romney’s most vocal advocates, for his swift reaction to the storm.

In a statement, Obama said: "I'm honored to have Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement. I deeply respect him for his leadership in business, philanthropy and government, and appreciate the extraordinary job he's doing right now, leading New York City through these difficult days."

However, Bloomberg's endorsement was not all praise.

Bloomberg wrote that although Obama campaigned in 2008 as a postpartisan candidate, he "devoted little time and effort to developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists, which doomed hope for any real progress on illegal guns, immigration, tax reform, job creation and deficit reduction."

"And rather than uniting the country around a message of shared sacrifice, he engaged in partisan attacks and has embraced a divisive populist agenda focused more on redistributing income than creating it.”