Bloomberg Defends Policies in First Interview

NEW YORK (AP) -

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly defended many of his signature policies in a wide-ranging interview, his first since leaving office Jan. 1

Bloomberg’s sit-down with Katie Couric of Yahoo News addressed climate change, gun control, education and income inequality. On his support of charter schools, he said “everyone forgets” that they are public schools.

“Charter schools have delivered superior educational results to a group of people who desperately need them and have been left out for far too long by the traditional methods,” he added.

Bloomberg also touched on his controversial ban of large sugary drinks and said he expects to “win that battle” in court.

He criticized President Barack Obama’s effort to raise the minimum wage, calling it “one of the most misguided things we can do.” He said an increase in the earned income tax credit was the way to go.