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Bloomberg Not Running for President

Bloomberg Ends Speculation — He "Will Not Be" a Candidate

In an op-ed published in the New York Times this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg slammed the door on his flirtation with a surprise entree into the quest for the White House. The former Democrat who is now serving as a Republican — and who happens to be a billionaire — was a wildly coveted contender capable of mounting a serious, self-financed, independent candidacy. Rumors ran rampant.

With this morning's piece however, that chance is no more. Bloomberg said,

I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, but I am not — and will not be — a candidate for president.

With these unmistakable words, Bloomberg went on to give his vision for a crackerjack campaign and surefire leadership for the future.

We need innovative ideas, bold action and courageous leadership. That’s not just empty rhetoric, and the idea that we have the ability to solve our toughest problems isn’t some pie-in-the-sky dream.

Stopping short of naming a candidate who he feels embraces that courage, he concluded,

If a candidate takes an independent, nonpartisan approach — and embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy — I’ll join others in helping that candidate win the White House.

Are you disappointed there won't be a Bloomberg candidacy? Does this declaration land him on everyone's short list for Vice President?


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Jillness Jillness 9 years
Yes, that is the general idea of what I read. I am surprised that someone as high profile as Bloomberg would say something as bold as that, and not get that much attention for it. No matter who people vote for, I think it is important that their votes get counted. I know there were many issues during primaries and caucuses in different states. I hope they are fixed by November!
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
there several articles on the website that suggest Bloomberg said so, here one of the links
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Zahara, Jill said she can't find the article.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
first time am hearing about voter fraud in New York, link please... i know that both the Clinton Obama camp filed compliants about the Nevada caucus
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
And that ridiculous. Who cares!?
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Tres, You can bet you are not going to see anything from the Times on that one. On McCain not being born in the U.S., NOW that they are all over.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
"He will not be McCains VP. He is not Conservative enough." - He is not a Republican anymore. He renounced being a Republican and is now Independent. He did that so that if he did decide to run, he could file as an independent in certain states. Additionally, he does not hold anything of value to be considered for the GOP VP ticket. Rudy, who I believe does not hold a chance, has a much better chance than Bloomberg.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I haven't heard about that! But if you are going to put scrutiny on McCain over a long shot theory about affair with lobbyists and Obama's "slumlord" then I think I want to hear more about the voter issue in New York. Where is The New York Times now?
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Jill, I suspect you will see a bit more voter fraud from Hilary. I would not put it past her to "win" the Democratic race. He will not be McCains VP. He is not Conservative enough.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
I think it puts him on McCain's shortlist for sure. That's who he would have drawn a LOT of votes from, more so than Hillary or Barack. raciccarone: You are pretty much always hilarious. I love it.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
That's two NY mayors down. I guess it's time to call Ed Koch.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
He said the other day that he suspects that there was voter fraud in New York. He said that it was statistically impossible for Obama to get ZERO votes in nearly 70 precincts in New York. I read the article once, but wasn't able to find it a second time. People say that Hillary gets the shaft from the media, but voter fraud in her homestate is a big deal and major media didn't pay attention to that.
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