Schumer: Bloomberg unfair to Obama

September 4, 2012

In an interview with The Post's Ed O'Keefe in Charlotte this morning, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he disagreed with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's assessment that President Obama and Mitt Romney are comparable on the issue of gun control. 

"I disagree with Mayor Bloomberg, and I thought that was unfair," Schumer said. "Because basically Barack Obama espouses the policies the mayor agrees with or supports. Whereas Romney has opposed." 

Schumer was referring to Bloomberg's comments early last month when he was discussing recent deadly shootings at a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Bloomberg said, "Still, the two presidential candidates have not given the American public a plan to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people."

Schumer also said Tuesday this year's Democratic National Convention may in some respects more important than 2008.

"I think this convention in certain ways may be more important even than the 2008 convention," Schumer said. "Because what we have to do here is lay the predicate for why we will help the middle class far more than the Republicans, and show the contrast."

He also pointed to education and infrastructure as areas where congressional Democrats and Republicans could work together. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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