New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday wouldn’t say if he prefers Barack Obama or Mitt Romney — both of whom want his endorsement — but he did suggest how to fix Washington.
“[Obama and Romney] are very different people, very different views on social issues and fiscal things,” he said during his weekly radio show, according to Capital New York.
Bloomberg, however, did share his thoughts on how to end Washington’s gridlock and promote bipartisanship.
“We’ve changed the ethics laws. You’ve got to love the unintended consequences. They can do fund-raisers but they can’t go with lobbyists. Well, the only time a lot of these guys would get together is they would go on these junkets,” he said.
And at those events, Bloomberg said, “you can’t help but build relations.” “We’ve cut that out and now they don’t talk to each other,” he said.
“How do you control a Congress if you don’t have what we call member items — what they would call earmarks,” Bloomberg reportedly said. “The ways you manage a legislature is the leadership doles out [that money] and that’s how they get people to vote together as a bloc.”
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