President Barack Obama endorsed Bill de Blasio Monday in the New York City mayor’s race, praising the candidate’s commitment to “progressive change.”
In the statement announcing the endorsement, Obama commended de Blasio’s “bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time.” The president expressed support for the Democratic candidate’s plans for more pre-Kindergarten classes, expanded after-school programs, preserving local hospitals, and making affordable housing available.
In a statement de Blasio described being “deeply honored” by the president’s endorsement.
Obama has long lent his support to Democratic candidates in New York City mayoral politics. According to the Wall Street Journal, he endorsed the last two Democratic nominees—Ferrer in 2005 and Thompson in 2009—both of whom lost.