Hardball | March 14, 2013
>>> mayor michael bloomberg will leave office and that may answer the door to history because speaker christine quinn is hoping to become the first female mayor of the city and here is quinn announcing her candidacy last saturday.
>> new york for my family was a beacon. a fate that they believed that if they came, magical things would happen and it did and that's what i want people to know about new york city . i'm kicking off our walk and talk tour. we are going to walk and talk our way through every neighborhood in the city. i think it's a great way to hear from new yorkers, what is going on in their homes and their lives so i can make sure when i can mayor, my focus is their focus.
>> nice pictures there. christine quinn , madam speaker.
>> thank you.
>> i'm driving in and said, you've got to ask her the question, was it good for new york for you to support letting michael bloomberg from three terms of new york when the people voted for two?
>> we were in the worst economic condition since the great depression and i thought it was a chance to give voters a chance to keep some elected officials and in the time the mayor and i have had in these extra terms, we've passed more pro tenant laws.
>> so it was good for the city?
>> i think so.
>> let me ask you about the change of the roles on the presidential terms and set the two- term limit , under truman, congress said, it shouldn't affect truman. do you think it should change laws on the person who is in office? doesn't that change the rules, especially after the people of new york voted against it?
>> it was an extreme time, hopefully a time we never have to face again economically and we gave voters a right as voters. some came back and some didn't. i think this mayor's race is going to be about the future. not what happened in 2009 but what's going to happen going forward.
>> why didn't you do it for mayor rudy giuliani ? he didn't get another term right after 9/11. that was extraordinary?
>> it was a rare proposal rudy giuliani made. he wanted to give extra time . we would stand before the voters who didn't like what we did and they decide yes or no. rudy wanted to give in to him without ever having to go back before the voters.
>> so where is bloomberg behind you?
>> you'll have to ask him.
>> the thing that's really caused him trouble, i wouldn't compare to franklin roosevelt packing the supreme court but this 16 ounce thing really bugs a lot of people. this is not the mommy state, why should anyone be able to decide how much coke i drink. do you agree with me?
>> i don't support the soda ban. but i worry that if you tell people you can't have that, they are going to get two of them. when we passed the smoking ban , which i was the lead sponsor of as lead county chair, that was about your smoke not getting to hurt me as opposed to this which is a personal decision.
>> i agree. your principle would be stop waving guns around because they could hurt people.
>> i like bloomberg, i think he's really smart. i think this took away some of his credibility from something far more important, which is guns. people are going to remember him about the 16 ounce guy. of course he wants to take away our guns.
>> he's had big ideas that he puts out there. that's a credit to him. not just in new york but across the country, i don't think you can touch him on that. it's incredibly important. guns are a plague in our cities and in our parts of our country as well. innocent victims walking down the street not getting to go home at night. and they love the city. young people do stuff at night and they never would have done that 20 years ago. the murder rate is way down and it's such a good thing to be in our most popular city, our greatest city. broadway has never been better. good luck.
>> thank you.
>> might even endorse you.
>> i like it.
>> christine quinn , maybe the first lesbian mayor of new york , maybe the first female mayor of new york . you decide.