NEW YORK (CNN) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched a research effort to assess his chances in a potential bid for the presidency, a source close to the mayor told CNN.
The source said data is being gathered but that the mayor - who has been widely speculated as being interested in running for the White House as an independent - has not yet begun analyzing that data, the source said.
The source, who is intimately familiar with the mayor's deliberations, said he has set early March as a timetable for making a decision.
Bloomberg, a former Democrat who was elected to the mayor's office as a Republican, joined a panel of moderate current and former lawmakers earlier this week at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The group, made up of both Democrats and Republicans, called for a return to bipartisanship in government.
"What has changed is that people have stopped working together," Bloomberg said at the Monday gathering. "Government is dysfunctional. There is no collaboration and congeniality. There is no working together and 'Let's do what's right for the country.' There is no accountability today ... no willingness to focus on big ideas."
- CNN's John King contributed to this report.
Bloomberg runs + Hillary wins the democrat nomination = another Republican for the next four years.
A third party candidate was and will always be a spoiler to the Democratic party.
Sure, go ahead and run. that would guarentee another republican in the white house.shades of ralph nader.he needs to stay and take care of the job he has.
Mayor Boomberg would make a good candidate adn GREAT President. If anyone would bother to examine his record as NYC Mayor, they would see how good he really is. He is rich and has no secret intentions other than the good of the country. He would be immune to special interest money. If the country ever needed a fresh face in the White House, it is now,in this election year The Democrats won the last election on promises never kept and the congress goes on as it always has with them doing the same old things that went on before.
Go for it Mike!! I'll vote for you.
Another lier in the ticket! this guy is a bellman in New York! Keep your money! Someone let this guy know that George Soros tried to buy the White House for Kerry and he was not able too! Someone tell him please.
Bloomie could save us from a Shrillary or an Obaminable, or whatever rough beast slouches out of the GOP race. I'd vote for him, will not vote for either of the unelectable Dems, and have never voted for a now-or-formerly Repellican President in over 30 years.
...........As for Obama supporters. Your canadate talks Uniter. Why are you all so mean spirited. You all have call Every contender that doesn.t agree with you names. That is a divider not a uniter. Obama's support is very young and they are the mean spirited ones. .........................
I know. It was quite startling to me. You figure they would come on here and say clinton is a nice lady, very intelliigent and whatnot, but Obama is the one we need to make the change blah blah.
Instead, all the Obama supporters utterly HATE Hillary Clinton. They HATE the woman. I find that very difficult considing they are supposed to 'unite' the country. How do they then suppose to UNITE the hillary supporters after Obama wins?
they want obama out of HATE. Not because they are realisitically looking at the guy as a real viable candidate whom can do a better job than Clinton, McCain or Guiliani.
They HATE the system or whatever they percieve Bush has done to the country and blame everyone exept Obama for some reason.
How about you go look at the RECORD of Obama then decide who to vote for. We hillary supporters dont HATE Obama, nor any candidate, except Bush himself and he cant run for office.
Don't waste your vote on the Dem or GOP candidate, vote for Bloomberg...otherwise you will cause another average DEM of GOP io run the Whitehouse. Average isn't good enough for this job.
Bloomberg runs if Clinton wins the nomination. And she's alienating so many Democratic voters with the way she's run her campagin that many of them, myself included will be more than happy to vote third party. I don't care if it puts a Republican in the White House or not. I'd pick McCain over Clinton anyway, if there were no 3rd party. And I've never voted Republican in my life.
Obama's the one using Bush and Rove's playbook? How about Hillary's statement Monday that Al-Qaeda is likely to attack when we have a new president and that Obama may drop the ball? How about the mailers dropped in NH, first about Obama "not being pro-choice" and then again about raising taxes on the lower and middle classes? How about Bill Clinton claiming that Obama is a flip flopper on Iraq, while in the same day claiming he himself was always against the war? How about her two surrogates on Monday and Tuesday who, in the same breath, compared Barack to RFK and JFK while also mentioning how they were both assassinated? How about Shaheen and Kerrey? How about the Muslim E-mail rumors that came out of her campaign? How about Penn going on and on about cocaine? Should I go on, or do you get it Anonymous? Oh wait, you said Hillary has more experience. Not true, unless being a wife counts. Should we count her time on the Wal-Mart board of directors as experience? Barack Obama has held elected office for eleven years to Hillary's seven.
This butthole is looking to play the spoiler - for whom I don't know. Get lost Nader reincarnate.
This is an EGO thing for Bloomberg. There's no need for an independent candidate in the general election, unless, of course, Mike Huckabee is the GOP candidate, in which case lots of people would vote for Bloomberg rather than vote Huck or Hillary/Obama
First off, there will never be a coalition of President-VP among any of the three remaining Democratic candidates, assuming Richardson is truly out as heard
The Obama camp has already accused Edwards of taking lobbyist and 527 contributions so it would be a blow against Obama to bring Edwards on his ticket or vice versa.
Obama and Clinton have too many contrasting positions and Clinton has too many negatives that Obama wouldn't want to work with be it on a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket
Bloomberg can make a big difference with the large pool of independents which could hurt Obama and/or Clinton.
But there are some odds he[Bloomberg] has to face here.
1. If he waits too long and allows Obama to catch on national fire, it will be too late for him–Obama almost did that from New Hampshire...Nevada looks promising given the recent endorsement of that state's 60,000 union members.
2. American people will be disgusted by his money...they'll think he's trying to buy the country...he better take time to do his research.
Spoiler. He cares little about serving America. He's all about himself.
I think he'd get more votes from the Democrats personally, especially in NY.
Obama I think will win the nomination and the presidency. The Republican base is so divided any of the top three Democrats(Clinton, Obama, Edwards) can and will win the nomination.
We've seen the turn out in NH and more Democrats voted the same will happen in November.
Talk about a flip-flopper! He's the worst of the lot. What is he, a republindeocrat? Pleeeeze Mr Moneybags, don't muddle this race!
Obama supporters don't hate Hillary, we either dislike her or think Obama is better. Obama is the agent of change that America is looking for in Washington. He has expressed a sense hope, collaboration, and classiness that the American presidency needs. When Hillary supporters were booing Obama (all because of Bill Clinton's distortion of Obama's position on Iraq) in New Hampshire you didn't her Hillary attempting to quiet them or mildly chastize them. Obama on the other hand was respectful and classy when addressing his crowds.
Obama in '08!
Bloomberg was a democrat,then a republican,then an independant. He's all sides at once. Most of all he's jewish and that fragments the process even more. I don't think he'll hurt the democratic party. Leiberman already showed that hand.
People think the Republican can lose to clinton...Am sorry Hillary is no Bill,she accused obama of using poetry for speeches but that was part of the thing that won Bill the white house over Bush Snr.If Clinton thinks she can keep lying about her experience that never existed,let her keep doing it.The republican already have all details stored against her.I feel strongly that the republican will win.They are the best and mastmind of elections
How many people outside of the NY area care?
a third party candidate would never win, tho. Americans like to think they're open to it, but at the end of the day they are sheep
Bloomberg running for President as an Independent will draw votes from the Democrat candidate. Wait for the Clinton hate machine to start slinging their slime towards Bloomberg if he decides to go for it. I say, "go for it mayor"....keep the CLINTON TRASH out of our White House. It was already fumigated and the DNA scrubbed off the walls when they left in 2000.
Young and for Hillary , 2008!
I'm all about Uniting the country as well, and she can do the best job. If Obama wins the primary, I will support him, because I am not a polarizing person, like most Obama supporters (at least the ones on the internet.)
Obama supporters, step back and look at yourselves! If you want unity, start preaching it, not just saying the words! Hillary, Edwards, and him are all on the same team.
If Romney can't make it to the Repub ticket and if Obama can't make it to the Dem ticket, I would vote for Bloomberg in a heartbeat!
We NEED RE-UNITED and Clinton and Huckabee would further divide us and the rest of the candidates could't handle the entire job with a united effort (except Romney and Obama).
My dream would be Romney, Bloomberg and Obama somehow bringing ALL parties together from Left to Right and all of us that are in between.
Our country can be great once again, with the RIGHT leaders (takes more than 1).
Bloomberg... Please kee you liberal A*s out of the national race...
The people within your own state, like me can't even stand you!