A new Eyewitness News poll shows Bill
Thompson trailing Mayor Bloomberg by 12
points. Bloomberg has 53 percent, Thompson
There are just two weeks left before election day. A new round of attack ads is about to hit the airwaves, painting Bloomberg as an out of touch billionaire. You can watch political reporter Dave Evans' report below.
Bloomberg, who has spent $64.8 million on his campaign for a third term, said he has only done what's best for New Yorkers, and he came back at Thompson with his own attacks.
The two candidates meet once more in a debate on Channel 7 and 7online.com on October 27 at 7:00 p.m.
It might not have been exactly how Bill Thompson wanted it, but he has received support from President Barack Obama.
The White House says Obama has tremendous respect for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but is supporting the Democrat running against him. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in response to a question that Obama is the leader of the Democratic party, "and as that, would support the Democratic nominee."
Gibbs did not mention Thompson by name. He did note Obama's high regard for Bloomberg.
statement, Mr. Thompson said, "I am grateful and encouraged to receive the
support of the president of the
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In a small rally at city hall Thursday morning and in a new round of TV commercials, Bill Thompson is seeking to remind voters about last year's push by the mayor to change the term-limit law.
"We haven't forgotten about it now," Thompson said. "And we're taking a stand against eight years of Mike Bloomberg's lies and hypocrisy."
Thompson called Bloomberg's action an egregious abuse of power. Last year, the mayor changed the term limit law, despite two votes by the public in the 90s in favor of term limits.
"He lied to us and he betrayed our trust," Thompson said. "He claims to be above politics, but you and I know what he did was the worst kind of politics that there is."
"The voters are going to have their opportunity to say something in 26 days," Bloomberg said.
The mayor shrugged off Thompson's latest attack, saying he changed the rules because a lot of New Yorkers wanted him to.
"The city is a lot better than it was eight years ago," Bloomberg said. "And there are an awful lot of people that kept asking me to stay around and continue the progress."
Instead of talking much about term limits, the mayor made a play for the immigrant vote, saying in this city of immigrants, he wants to help more people learn English. He's pushing for immigration reform in Congress.
Sounds like former Republican Gov. George Pataki may be tossing his hat into the ring again. He spoke Monday for the Republican National Committee after Democratic President Barack Obama's visit to New York. He's considering several opportunities that could get him back in New York politics, including a run for the U.S. Senate. A Marist College poll last week found Pataki would beat Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand by 48 percent to 44 percent, even though the three-term governor isn't saying he'll return to politics. Pataki also says fellow Republican Rudy Giuliani is still seriously considering a run for governor.