Bloomberg is going to New Hampshire this weekend - but not for politics.
(CNN) - Even Mayor Michael Bloomberg admits how it looks, but he says it’s all just a coincidence.
Saying “I don’t think the country’s quite ready for me,” the New York City Mayor argued Friday that political watchers shouldn’t read too much into his trips this weekend to New Hampshire and California.
Appearing on his weekly New York radio show, Bloomberg again dismissed interest in seeking the presidency. He told WABC host John Gambling, “People will read into the fact I’m going to New Hampshire tomorrow.”
The surprised host said, “You’re going to New Hampshire? They have a primary, you know.”
Bloomberg smiled and said, “That may be, but the truth of the matter is I’m going to be in New Hampshire just for dinner. It’s my girlfriend’s college reunion.”
He then said he would also travel to San Francisco and Los Angeles, in part for appearances with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In addition, Bloomberg said he would appear at Google. He noted that Google has a presidential candidate series, but pointed out that his appearance is “not part of that.”
“I know it sounds like a coincidence”, he acknowledged, “but it is just a coincidence. You won’t believe this, but sometimes when conspiracy theorists talk, they’re wrong.”
To a caller who said he should run for President, Bloomberg said, “I hope to be mayor for another 930-odd days, but who’s counting?”
– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk