Bloomberg targets Obama and Romney, from the center, for not being liberals anymore on immigration, health or guns
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is about to set off on an immigration-themed lobbying tour, said he's staging stops in Boston and Chicago, the cities where the Mitt Romney and Barack Obama campaigns are headquartered, because "it highlights for them what they said before," in contrast to what they're saying now.
"Remember, both of these candidates had positions on immigration, guns, health care and that sort of thing before they became presidential candidates," said the mayor, at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new school. "And I think I personally would like to draw a connection between what they said before, and why is it different today."
On Tuesday, the mayor will hold a talk with former Obama chief of staff William Daley in Chicago, followed later by a discussion with Rupert Murdoch in Boston.
Similar to his crusade for gun control, Bloomberg has made immigration reform one of his big national issues. He's the co-chair of an immigration reform group called Partnership for a New American Economy, whose other co-chairs include Murdoch, San Antonio mayor (and Democratic National Convention keynote speaker) Julian Castro, and Walt Disney Co. chairman and C.E.O. Bob Iger.
Neither Romney nor Obama will be in town during tomorrow's discussions.
The mayor said today, with the impeccable even-handedness that his unique style of centrism requires, that both have shifted some of their political stances (from their original, liberal positions) since moving up and away.
"I happen to think, for example, Governor Romney had a health care plan in Massachusetts, which as far as I can tell is the only health care plan that’s ever been designed, implemented [that] actually worked," said Bloomberg. "I think he should have been out there leading the charge saying this is what this country needs. And in fact, President Obama, or Congress, whoever wrote [his] health care plan, isn’t that much different than that. And yet today Romney is against it. Same thing on guns for example. President Obama ... he was gonna try to pass a law that would ban assault weapons. And we’ve heard nothing. And Governor Romney passed a bill and signed a bill in Massachusetts that outlawed assault weapons and today he’s on the other side. So I think those are good reasons for going to those two places."