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New York mayor de Blasio endorses Clinton

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2015 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a media briefing in New York. De Blasio, a Democrat, announced during a Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he's backing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2015 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a media briefing in New York. De Blasio, a Democrat, announced during a Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he's backing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. AP

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination for presidential Friday.

“The candidate who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively, the candidate who has the right experience and the ability to get the job done is Hillary Clinton,” de Blasio said in an interview on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”

De Blasio, Clinton’s campaign manager for her first Senate campaign, had repeatedly declined to endorse her, saying he was choosing to wait until she addressed her “larger vision” on the issue of income inequality.

“I have seen her vision and her platform develop over five months,” de Blasio said Friday. “I'm extremely pleased with what she's put on the table but she has a history of fighting on issues that convinces me.”

Clinton chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is running to the left of Clinton, appealing to the same group who also supports de Blasio.

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