Bloomberg Delivers 1st Speech In NYC Since Announcing Presidential Bid

Kimberly Dole
December 05, 2019 - 7:14 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Former New York City Mayor and presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg visited Staten Island Wednesday night and gave his first speech in the city since announcing his run for president.

Bloomberg was honored by the Iron Hills Civic Association. During his speech, he addressed some of his plans if he were to win.

"I know that we can create safer communities and reduce incarceration across America,” Bloomberg said. "Why do I know that? Because we did it here in New York City.”

He also spoke about of gun control and mentioned his tough record on crime, WABC reports.

"We cut murders by half and we reduced incarceration by 39 percent even while it went up across the rest of this country," Bloomberg said.

Recently, Bloomberg apologized for his stop-and-frisk policy that often led to the disproportionate detaining of blacks and Latinos.

He has spent tens of millions more on ad campaigns and also promised to spend at least $150 million of his own money on the 2020 race.