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“I was a liberal. I was for the rights of women. I think the labor movement and the civil rights movement were really important. I think voting rights were important,” the former New York City mayor and Republican-turned-independent recently told Sean Hannity, host of Fox News’ The Sean Hannity Show. “I think in our politics we have to be tolerant and welcoming to anyone, and I’m for gay marriage, for immigrants and I’m for public financing of campaigns. I’m for gun safety. I think President Trump kind of epitomizes that because I feel like he’s standing up for the forgotten men and women of this country. So now we’re on different sides politically, but I think in most ways I’m probably, probably in the middle.”

Even a conservative Republican might point out that, in his two terms as New York City mayor, Bloomberg did support voting rights for minorities, because of voter suppression laws in many states, like in Florida. Even the traditional positions he previously took on social issues like same-sex marriage — which he said he now supports — are arguably liberal ones.

But the former mayor of New York isn’t merely claiming to be in the middle. As he expressed in a recent New York Times article, he’s actually a liberal.

I’m the biggest liberal voter you’ll ever meet. I was a liberal in the era of Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen and Tip O’Neill and Rose Kennedy. And the reason I’m a liberal now is because I believe in the Supreme Court, I believe in open commerce, I believe in strong families, and I believe we should care for those who are vulnerable, even the ones we disagree with.

And that’s why he decided to run for president.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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