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The Post endorses Mike Bloomberg for president
Best positioned to build winning coalition
 
Published Wednesday, February 26, 2020 10:02 pm
by The Charlotte Post Editorial Board

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The Post endorses former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg for the Democratic presidential nomination.

North Carolina’s March 3 primary is part of the Super Tuesday stakes that will help shape the future November contestants for federal and state offices across the country. Voters  in 14 states will be asked to cast ballots for candidates who have pledged to represent the national interest, and to that end, we encourage North Carolinians to take seriously the process of electing leaders.

Because our representatives in Washington make policy that affect each and every one of us, not to mention the entire planet, we offer our endorsements.

President
We believe former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is best suited to represent the Democrats in November. In a field of ideologues on the liberal branch of the party, we’re impressed with Mr. Bloomberg’s measured approach on improving the economic condition of everyday Americans, whether it’s expansion of health care choices or education reform. While his billionaire worth and new-to-Democratic politics status is fodder for his opponents, we feel voters are more concerned with substance and energy – something Mr. Bloomberg adds to this race.


While U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wins in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada are causing moderates to freak out, Democrats are far from picking a challenger to President Donald Trump. We’re satisfied that Mr. Bloomberg can expand the coalition – African Americans and Latinos, women and college-educated voters – needed to win the nomination, starting with the Tar Heel State. A moderate has the best chance of beating President Trump, and Mr. Bloomberg fits the bill.


U.S. Senate
Democrats Cal Cunningham and Erica Smith lack name recognition, which is problematic. On the other hand, incumbent Thom Tillis isn’t exactly a household name, either, even in Mecklenburg, his home county. We like Mr. Cunningham, a former state senator and military veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.


In a state that tends to lean moderate to hard-right conservative, Mr. Cunningham hasn’t strayed far from the moderate lane, which lends to awkward moments when he’s challenged on some issues. So far, he’s been effective at drawing contrasts between Sen. Tillis and himself, which isn’t very difficult considering the self-inflicted gaffes the incumbent has unleashed.


That said, we endorse Cal Cunningham.


12th Congressional District
Incumbent Alma Adams has made a name for herself as a versatile lawmaker who has proven a leading champion for education, human services and health.


Her work as co-chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus has opened new funding and business opportunities for historically black colleges that were nearly impossible to comprehend a decade ago. She’s advocated for bills that would improve maternal and prenatal health and close the gaps on death rates for black mothers and babies.


As the representative of a burgeoning urban district, Rep. Adams has done a fine job of delivering and supporting legislation that benefit Charlotte. We wholeheartedly endorse her nomination for re-election.


9th Congressional District
Cynthia Wallace, chair of the district’s Democratic Party, has our endorsement to represent a redrawn area that includes the Charlotte suburbs and Sandhills to the east. Miss Wallace, a financial services vice president, is campaigning on a platform of infrastructure, raising the federal minimum wage and improved education access. Although the Democratic contender has an uphill race in a district that has leaned Republican since the 1960s, Miss Wallace is best suited to carry the banner in 2020.

Comments

I see Bloomberg has sent his paid shills to prop up this ridiculous endorsement. To the out-of-touch moron commenting about his "numerous African-American leaders who have endorsed him", that's the classic " I have a black friend" defense that every racist white boy uses. There will always be plenty of Uncle Tom's willing to sell out their people to make a quick buck. Want to know what we really think of Bloomberg? Read this letter: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6785322-Bloomberg-Open-Letter-From-NYers-of-Color-2-24.html
Posted on March 1, 2020
 
As a black woman I feel Bloomberg has a proven record of getting things done, the very things that each and every candidate only talks about without the faintest idea of how to get it done! You want the 1% to pay their fair share then you get a 1% guy to get it done !
This is not an election this is life and or death. He is the most equipped person to put all the pieces back together again. Stop all
the idle chatter and realize what Bloomberg could do for this Country
Posted on February 29, 2020
 
Let's all be realistic here. There is no perfect candidate at this point. If you want someone who can defeat Trump and listen to both sides of the aisle and actually bring us back together, Bloomberg is the only shot. He is the only one who can convince independents and even moderate republicans to vote against Trump. Trump has raised more money than any other incumbent president in history and his base is very loyal. The only chance we have is a moderate who can get the votes across the country, especially in the important swing states. Mike can definitely flip Florida which is a huge win on the path to ousting the worst president we have seen in decades! Let's not look for perfect, let's be realistic and look at the facts. We have to allow people to change and evolve. Just focus on who can actually win over the middle/moderate voters in key states and help keep Dem control of the house and maybe flip the senate. Bloomberg is the only path to victory.
Posted on February 28, 2020
 
I totally agree with your choice. He is definitely the candidate to run against Pres. Trump. Go Mike Go
Posted on February 27, 2020
 
I'm 64, born and raised in NY.
Mike Bloomberg is the only choice. No one else can, or will #GetItDone.
#Bloomberg2020
Posted on February 27, 2020
 
He will make a good president, and I am sure he will bring in a great VP on his ticket to unite the Democrats and attract the Republicans.
Posted on February 27, 2020
 
Go Mike.
Posted on February 27, 2020
 
I'm black and I think Mike Bloomberg will make a great president. Awesome choice!!!
Posted on February 27, 2020
 
To hell with Bloomberg. Charlotte Post you are selling out to a racist! Obama had to send federal judges in to end Stop and Frisk. Bloomberg isn't sorry he is pandering.
Posted on February 27, 2020
 
He never said the 2008 recession was caused by banks lending to black people. He said it was partially caused by banks conning people by lending under terrible terms to people who likely couldn't even in good faith pay them back. Which is true. I don't know where you are getting "large sums of cash" but he has admitted complaints were made decades ago that he told inappropriate jokes and the matters were resolved. And he has released these individuals from any contractual obligation. Lastly, the numerous African-American leaders who have endorsed him likely would take issue with your characterization that he's "a renowned racist". He isn't.
Posted on February 27, 2020
 
The same Mike Bloomberg who supported racist profiling and stop and frisk policies in NY? The same Mike Bloomberg who said the 2008 recession was cause by banks pending to black people? The same Mike Bloomberg who sexually harassed his female employees then paid them large sums of cash to give up their right to speak about it? Wow. How much is Mike paying the Post to convince them to betray their readers?
Posted on February 27, 2020
 
The post lost all credibility by endorsing renowned racist Mike Bloomberg.
Posted on February 26, 2020
 

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