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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bloomberg officially not running

Editorial puts rumors to rest:

After two years of playing coy about his presidential ambitions, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared in a newspaper editorial Wednesday that he will not run for president but might support the candidate who "takes an independent, nonpartisan approach." Unlike Ralph, umm, what's his name again? Bloomberg would have been a credible and formidable candidate.

The 66-year-old billionaire businessman, who aides had said was prepared to spend $1 billion to run as an independent, wrote in an editorial on The New York Times' Web site that he will work to "steer the national conversation away from partisanship and toward unity; away from ideology and toward common sense; away from sound bites and toward substance."

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

In the Times editorial, Bloomberg wrote that while he is not running, the race is too important for him to stay completely out.

"And so I have changed my mind in one area," he said. "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."

Putting his endorsement _ and wealth _ behind one of the candidates could make a significant difference. And Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent, has ties to Obama, Clinton and Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain.

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Blogger Human said...

He just doesn't want to lose. He'd have to bankroll it himself. As far his supporting anybody, Sen. Obama does not need his cash.

title="comment permalink">February 28, 2008 8:13 AM  
Blogger Human said...

Add another Superdelagate for Sen. Obama - Sen. Dorgan.

title="comment permalink">February 28, 2008 10:15 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Unlike Ralphie Boy, Bloomberg actually could have caused some probs. . .

title="comment permalink">February 28, 2008 9:12 PM  
Blogger Human said...

True. True. I don't hold anything against anybody for running though. I am glad he decided not to. He would not have won. He would of drawn a big part of the electorate from all sides.

title="comment permalink">February 28, 2008 9:38 PM  

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