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Mayor Bloomberg, Mr. Burns make presidential endorsements

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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

It's been a big day for presidential endorsements as the 2012 campaign hits the homestretch. First, in the world of reality, New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg officially endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election. Having last endorsed a candidate in 2004 (Bush), Bloomberg cited climate change and, more specifically, Hurricane Sandy as his main reason for endorsing Obama. Of course, just yesterday, Bloomberg politely turned down the offer of a visit from Obama on his tour of the Sandy-ravaged East Coast. Still, said Bloomberg in his endorsement:

Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be -- given this week's devastation -- should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.

Finally, Obama will get the leg up he needs in the swing state of New York.

For his part, Obama said in a statement:

"I'm honored to have Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement. I deeply respect him for his leadership in business, philanthropy and government, and appreciate the extraordinary job he's doing right now, leading New York City through these difficult days. "While we may not agree on every issue, Mayor Bloomberg and I agree on the most important issues of our time - that the key to a strong economy is investing in the skills and education of our people, that immigration reform is essential to an open and dynamic democracy, and that climate change is a threat to our children's future, and we owe it to them to do something about it. Just as importantly, we agree that whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or independents, there is only one way to solve these challenges and move forward as a nation - together. I look forward to thanking him in person - but for now, he has my continued commitment that this country will stand by New York in its time of need. And New Yorkers have my word that we will recover, we will rebuild, and we will come back stronger."

Meanwhile, GOP challenger Mitt Romney also picked up a key endorsement from the land of fiction: elderly Springfield business magnate Montgomery Burns who released the below video in support of the Romney campaign.

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