Former Secretary of State and Harlem native Colin Powell has endorsed New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg for reelection, the former general tells CNN’s Larry King.
"I think that Mike Bloomberg has done a tremendous job in his eight years as the Mayor. In 2005, when he was running for his second term, I was asked about this and I said, I am a Virginian now, but if I lived in New York, I would vote for Mike Bloomberg," said Powell, in a transcript released by the Bloomie campaign.
"Well, he has managed now to run for a third term, and I feel even more strongly about it. I think he is a great candidate… he is an independent guy who is always trying to solve problems," Powell added. "And he is working for the whole city. So I think Mike Bloomberg should be given a third term. And yes, I would say, reelect Mike Bloomberg."
Despite spending $40 million, Bloomberg is losing ground to Comptroller William Thompson, a Democrat, leading by a 47-37 margin in the latest Q poll.