(CNN) – Don't look for any surprise presidential announcements, or change of party from Senator Chuck Hagel anytime soon. "I'm not considering an independent bid for the presidency," the Republican from Nebraska told NBC's Tim Russert on Sunday.
"I don't have any plans to change parties," he said when asked whether he was considering becoming an idependent. "I'm a Republican." Hagel has been the subject of speculation regarding such a move.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made headlines, and whispers of a possible presidential run last month, when he dropped his standing as a Republican and announced he was an independent. Hagel said the current political climate might allow for an independent candidate in the race. "I do think that because of the political currrents, as they are running unpredicatbly today opens up all kinds of possibilites for next year that we haven't seen maybe ever in this country," he said. "A legitimate bid for the presidency could well be very possible next year for someone."
– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford
I would like Republicans a lot better if they were more like Chuck Hagel or Ron Paul. I usually vote Democrat, but I don't jump on every party issue (I bet the majority of Americans feel this way). I'm so sick of the partisan B.S. that's ruining this country, especially from thick-headed conservatives who don't have the wisdom to see what's happening to our country as a result of the Bush administration.
Fascinating that your Political Desk Editor would indicate that this statement was made to Tim Russert, in light of the fact that David Gregory hosted Meet the Press today, including the interview with Hagel. This is not reassuring about the level of attention to factual information or detail paid by your editorial staff in filing news pieces.
Keep this in mind, he voted for the immigration AMNESTY bill. He voted to destroy our great country through this bill's passage. Never forget that he tried to destroy the United States. Don't be fooled.
PRESIDENT BUSH JR. SHOULD HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED 2 YEARS AGO OVER THE IRAQI 'W.M.D.' LIES. WHY HAS THIS NOT BEEN DONE BY THE DEMOCRATS WHEN REPUBLICANS PUT BILL CLINTON THOUGH THIS HELL FOR ONLY HAVING SEX WITH AN AIDE?? ARE THESE 2 PARTIES IN CAHOOTS? SOMETHING'S GONE VERY WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY TODAY!
Thanks Senator Hagel for breaking ranks with your fellow party members on the Iraq issue!
And thanks Mayor Bloomberg for dropping out of the Republican party!
Something is surely brewing, as 'winds of change' are on the horizon!
Mr Bloomberg, I sincerely hope you do decide to run for President as an Independent. You will undoubtedly join the ranks of Ross Perot and Ralph Nader. You'll have to find a running mate since James Stockdale (Perot's VP automaton) is no longer with us – perhaps Pat Buchanon would join you?