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DC mayor endorses Michael Bloomberg

DC mayor endorses Michael Bloomberg
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Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) on Thursday announced she is endorsing former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergNew York mayoral candidates go viral for vastly underestimating housing costs Melinda Gates tapped divorce lawyers in 2019 after Epstein links to husband: report Giving away the COVID vaccine formula helps no one and harms America MORE in his White House bid, declaring that he is the only Democratic hopeful that can “unify” the country to defeat President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE

“We can resolve our most pressing problems if we have the right leader to turn innovative ideas into reality,” Bowser said in a tweet Thursday. “Bloomberg is a problem-solver with a proven track record of getting things done. He’s a mentor & friend & I’m proud to endorse him for president.”

Bowser added that she will appear alongside Bloomberg at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon. She is set to become a national co-campaign chairwoman for Bloomberg's team.

Bowser told reporters, after her appearance with Bloomberg at the Atlas Center, that she spoke with the White House hopeful about his history of enforcing a stop-and-frisk policy in New York City. 

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“I understand the regret that he expressed,” she said, when asked to respond to voters who find the past policy disqualifying. “I also understand being a mayor of a big city and wanting to make sure that your city is safe, and I appreciate that he has acknowledged that he should've looked at the numbers more closely and perhaps made some changes sooner." 

Bloomberg told reporters he apologizes “for what happened,” adding that the “intent was to reduce crime and I'm happy to say the murder rate went down from 650 [annually] down to 330.”

Bloomberg launched an unconventional and late White House bid in November and has since spent more than $200 million on advertising for his campaign.

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The former mayor is not competing in early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire and instead is focusing specifically on Super Tuesday states. He has flooded the airwaves and social media with ads, and he has hired roughly 800 staffers throughout the country.

Despite his unique approach, Bloomberg seems to be gaining some momentum in the primary field.

A Morning Consult poll released on Tuesday showed that Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg LP, had reached double figures in support with 12 percent of Democratic primary voters saying they would support him, placing him in front of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegGas shortages spread to more states Biden officials warn against hoarding gasoline amid shortages Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar Klobuchar offers tribute to her father, who died Wednesday The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Senate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill MORE (D-Minn.).

Bloomberg still lags significantly behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill MORE (I-Vt.), who have emerged as the front-runners in the race.

Bowser is among more than two dozen current and former mayors to place their support behind the former New York City mayor, The Washington Post noted. Bowser's endorsement follows one last week from San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D).

“He has the ability to beat Donald Trump this November, and that is of the most concern to me," Breed told the San Francisco Chronicle after announcing her endorsement. 

Rebecca Klar contributed.

Updated: 2:58 p.m.