Monmouth University, Pete, Twenty Two Percent discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory


A new poll by Monmouth university finds democratic presidential candidate Pete booted judge now leading in Iowa outpointing Jill Biden twenty two percent to nineteen percent followed by Elizabeth Warren and then Bernie Sanders meanwhile Mister bush judge and potential candidate Michael Bloomberg don't have a lot in common besides the fact that they have experience as mayors they are separated significantly by things like age home town and of course net worth but with the federal government in something approaching paralysis leading a city actually may be a better proving ground for showing you can get things done so says Jerry side executive Washington editor at the Wall Street journal jury your opinion the hottest candidate at the moment is probably people to get to the mayor of south bend Indiana and potentially the newest candidate in the democratic presidential sweepstakes and one is attracting the most attention now is Michael Bloomberg who served three terms as mayor of New York and it just points to the fact that many years and former mayor to actually playing a pretty big role in the democratic presidential primary five current or former mayors already have been in the race and Michael Bloomberg would make sex and that's pretty extraordinary and I don't think we ever seen that before and it raises an interesting question of you know why mayors and I think one of the things this points to is that mayors are actually working in government at the level where it actually seems effective these days which is to say at the local level because at the national level government seems in Washington often paralyzed and dysfunctional so I think mayors will tell you that a lot of the real work of getting things done for citizens now happens at the city and state level and therefore being at that level rather than a Washington might not be that training if you want to leave the country right so for example mayor people to judge of south bend Indiana his record if examines say on the campaign trail more than it is now might reveal what in terms of what he got done or did not get done well I think first of all that what he would tell you is that mayors have to be basically consensus builders and not partition because of that at the local level people don't think of the issues that matter as partisan issues but just as she's for real people and so I think he would make the argument and other mayors would as well that there's a kind of style of governance that you have to do at the city level that in a lot of ways more healthy than what happens in the partisan wars in Washington so that's the first thing I think the second thing is that he he a particular try to rebuild some of the blighted neighborhoods in his in his city with a program to demolish or renovate a lot of homes and buildings important neighborhoods and that happened because he got business people and community leaders and moneyed interests together and use some federal funds to make it happen and then I think the third thing he did was on social issues I think he would point to the fact that he range for there to be paired press one to leave for city employees which I think he would argue was an important innovation you know the same time I I think he probably and this is what happens when you make things happen he made some people angry I think minorities thought that his revitalize the violation of neighborhoods had the effect of pushing out African American and Hispanics and and be gentrifying those neighbors at neighborhood at their expense and I think is his reaction to the shooting of a an African American man by a white police officer itself and also angered some people the minority community so you kind of can't run and hide when you're in there you have to sort of owned the decisions that you make speaking with Gerry so I've executive Washington editor at the Wall Street journal's pieces called Bloomberg booted judge and the rise of mayors are so apply that same question here to Mr Bloomberg well you know Michael Palmer at him but obviously read a much much bigger city and has therefore a lot more high profile and to some extent controversial elements in his record you know one thing he did was he took the city from the budget deficit into a surplus he worked with the private sector do things like set up a new tech center for tech businesses and tech education I think the to think that he did that were particularly important a controversial but also relevant to a national campaign with that he took on gun violence and became a big advocate of stricter gun laws both in the city and then ultimately nationally and he took climate change out of the national debate and and put it into the city debate and in fact organized mayors from around the world to work on climate change in their cities now wait for national governments to make things happen so I think one thing you can be sure that he will point to is his work on guns the climate changes those all the that resonates in a democratic primary thanks Jerry Jerry side executive Washington editor at the Wall Street journal twenty minutes now in front of the hour on this morning America's first news coming up next another updates on a doughnut entrepreneur.

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