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Bloomberg Issues a Definitive "No" to Presidential Bid

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is issuing a categorical "no" reponse to the question of his presidential bid for the 2008 election.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a definitive-sounding denial that he will run for president in 2008 during an interview with television newsman Dan Rather taped for airing on the HDNet cable network Tuesday night.[...]

This is not a matter, according to the [HD Net-provided] transcript, of self-doubt on Bloomberg's part. Instead, the longtime Democrat who won for mayor in 2001 and 2005 as a Republican moderate and then switched again this June to independent contends that his willingness to take politically contrary views would limit his appeal as a national candidate.

Bloomberg stressed that his beliefs are not "tailored to what is politically popular." continuing, "I believe that certain things and if somebody asks me where I stand, I tell them. And that's not a way to get elected generally." [...]

Bloomberg also said he had no interest in becoming a vice-presidential candidate and suggested he would not be a desirable prospect for a presidential appointment as Treasury or Defense secretary.


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Comments (1)

Lee Ward:

Maybe Bloomberg came to the same conclusion.

Do you think he'd decide against running because of that?


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