As New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is closing in on his final term in Big Apple, he begins the next phase of his career; exerting political influence on a national level while not seeking office. Bloomberg gave an extensive interview to Meet the Press Sunday in where he defended many of his ‘nanny’ policies including the failed soda ban, in addition to discussing his new national gun control efforts taking center stage this week with a 12 Million dollar ad campaign to target specific Senators to vote for the proposals Bloomberg has gotten behind that will be taken up in Washington after the Easter recess.
While Bloomberg first ran as a Republican in 2001, he has shifted from independent to now what some conservatives are calling a technocrat progressive. The Mayor explained Sunday that “I do think there are times we should infringe on your freedom.”
From Manhattan Monday night, the “Real News” team discussed Mike Bloomberg’s growing national influence and whether he will be able initiate the reforms he put in place in New York nationwide: