Obama endorses de Blasio in NYC mayoral race

“Whether it’s ensuring pre-kindergarten is available for every four-year old, expanding after-school programs for every middle school student who wants and needs them, making affordable housing available for more New York families and preserving community hospitals, Bill’s agenda for New York is marked by bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time,” Obama said in a statement obtained by the New York Observer.

The endorsement comes as the president and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaThe Trail 2016: Comeback in the works? If Hillary wins, she should serve one term and move on Arizona and Georgia: Not swing states — yet MORE travel to New York on Monday for the United Nations General Assembly. While in the city, the president will also attend a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, as well as an event touting his healthcare reform law with former President Clinton. 

Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHouse Republican group raised more than M in October Chaffetz says he'll vote for Trump Trump blasts Clinton for criticizing hotel opening MORE, endorsed de Blasio last week.