This Week in Politics: NY Gets Some Presidential Love; Bloomberg Spreads the Wealth
Saturday, October 20, 2012
On This Week in Politics, WNYC political reporters run down some of the top political stories from the week that was, providing insight and analysis on local, state and national political issues that touch the region.
President Obama beat at least one of his adversaries on the stage at Hofstra University on Tuesday. He easily outperformed that guy — whoever he was — who debated against former Gov. Mitt Romney two weeks ago in Denver. That much was obvious — and necessary for the president. The question now is whether it will be sufficient to restore his momentum in the race itself.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to spend more than $10 million in the final weeks before Election Day to promote moderate candidates around the country. Bloomberg announced the plan Wednesday. Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, is taking a leave of absence from City Hall to head up the effort. Wolfson is a political veteran who worked on then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008.
Incumbent Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger, attorney Wendy Long, traded barbs during the only debate in New York’s U.S. Senate race. Over the course of an hour, the two offered different ways forward for the state and agreed on little over issues such as taxes, abortion and the economy at the debate that took place Wednesday night at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be hitting the campaign trail in the coming weeks for President Barack Obama. On Thursday, Cuomo said he’d been asked the campaign to travel outside of New York as a surrogate for the president.