Bloomberg urges Washington to stop bickering and fix immigration, and makes a joke about money

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Michael Bloomberg urged Congress today, all of it, to stop acting partisan and get back to work on fixing the economy. In a speech about immigration, he credited the president with having ideas, and also credited the Republicans with having ideas, and urged them to work together on ideas they could all get behind. Maybe this is what his third-party candidacy for president might have looked like?

The mayor has, in fact, distinguished himself by speaking out on immigration, advocating the liberal idea of more lenient immigration rules, but framing the argument in terms of the business-friendliness of such a policy.

Bloomberg's opening remarks could distract attention from what was otherwise a quite populist speech: He joked about spending so much money on a gift, that his girlfriend would otherwise have had a better wardrobe and "my kids, another horse ... "

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