CNN’s John King sat down with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) to discuss presidential politics and more. This interview will air today on John King, USA at 7 p.m. ET. Two highlights from the interview are after the jump and a full transcript of the program will be posted at CNN.com.
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Highlight from Interview
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JOHN KING, CNN ANCHOR: When you watch what’s happening now, we have a Republican debate playing out for president and Rick Perry is losing steam because he doesn’t support a border fence and because he supports in-state college tuition breaks for the children of illegal immigrants…um
MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG (I), NEW YORK: He happens to be right on both of those things. But I think you’ve got to differentiate between what may be good politics within the beginning of a primary race as opposed to what happens when the bigger states get involved in the primary race or what happens in a general election.
And then there’s another minor problem here. Whether it’s good politics or it’s bad politics, you’re an American. And what’s questions, what’s right for the country, even if it doesn’t help or hurt your career.
KING: But, you talk that way, but do you see evidence that the national debate is coming your direction? Even Governor Romney, somebody who, a few years back, I think you might find closer to Senator McCain and then President Bush or Senator Kennedy, now, just about every day, puts out a press release that says immigration imitation, saying that Rick Perry is just the same as Barack Obama, is just the same as this Democratic governor or this Democratic mayor.
BLOOMBERG: — the bottom line is Romney is wrong on this one. This is the future of America. And Perry is right on this one. I don’t agree with Perry on other things, but on this one he’s right.