Bloomberg is leaving the Republican party.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg changed his party affiliation from Republican to unaffiliated Tuesday, a move that will surely increase speculation he is considering an independent White House bid.
But Bloomberg, who has repeatedly denied he is planning a run, said in a statement his future plans haven't changed.
"Although my plans for the future haven’t changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our City," he said.
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