January 9th, 2008
06:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Bloomberg measuring support for White House run

Bloomberg is testing support for a White House bid.

Bloomberg is testing support for a White House bid.

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.


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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Tyson

    I am a former Republican now supporting Obama. I don't think Obama supporters hate Hillary but we do fear her winning. Obama could possibly change the math and build a large majority that could lead to true change in this country. Hillary is only capable of the same strategy that Karl Rove endorsed, 50 percent plus 1. She is just as devisive as Bush. I'm not saying it's her fault, in many cases it is because of the Republican Machine. If Obama wins the primary Bloomberg will stay out of the race, and Obama will probably win the general election by a landslide. Many people who were or are center-right are fed up with the Republican party. Give us a chance to vote for a change from the status-quo.

    January 9, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. Robin

    In my book I would never elect Bloomberg based on the facts that – He has waited this long to cover is behind, Bloomberg many times stated he would not run and again we a candidate that tries to emulate Obama.

    Get a life. Bloomberg thinks he can do whatever the feels like and not be called on it.

    January 9, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. Jimmy from colorado

    Bloomberg take Obama as your running mate Let Huckabee win. we are fed up with this woman with politics of 90s.Good thing Bill clinton has said lots of negative words on Obama.Obama join Bloomberg as his VP.Am sure Huckabee will win by landslide victory.She is critical of Bush all times but i do not see any thing they did than million of scandels.What lesson she wants our kids to learn from clintons?They are devils

    January 9, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. AJ, IL

    Bloomberg as do ~55 to 60% of America knows that Hillary Clinton is a divisive political figure. He probably suspects that if Hillary wins the nomination and White House, nothing construct ivewill get done between the White House and Congress even with the slight Democratic majority in the Congress.

    January 9, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  5. Robin

    anonymous writes:

    ………..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.
    -----------------------------–

    What makes you believe that all Obama supporters are haters? What a strong word. I personally may not vote for Hillary but obviously that does not make me a hater. Yes, there are always bad apples in EVERY campaign. Think before you write. OBAMA '08 – Yes We Can! http://www.barackobama.com

    January 9, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. Larry Buchas, New Britain, CT

    Every primary Hillary wins increases the probability Bloomberg runs. Obama is the best chance we have.

    That's not saying Hillary couldn't win but Bloomberg will take votes away from her because of her polarizing image.

    Sorry, Bill. But we would be rolling the dice with Hillary, not Obama. Do I sense a little jealousy?

    January 9, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    If it was Clinton on the Democrat side, I would take a close look at Bloomberg.

    Say hello to the Nader of 2008!

    January 9, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. Tom Davie

    Bloomberg is going to split the independent vote. Obama cannot win the presidency against McCain, or Guiliani. He looks like a freshman out of college compared to those 2.

    We see the 'independent' vote . Its independent because americans are AFRAID. And they SHOULD be afraid . Very afraid.

    This doesnt mean they are going to vote Ralph Nadar into power. They will decide on who can lead the country the best when push comes to shove.

    January 9, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. Rene J.

    Why do you hate Hillary, Michael? Money does not make a president

    January 9, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  10. Pete

    Wall Street and I include Bloomberg ( the flip flopper) among them would love to have Obama as a President, thats why they are also pouring money into his campaign. They know they can easy manipulate the rockie or buy HIS advisers as they have done with Bush!

    January 9, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. Mati

    Why do you hate Bloomberg? He is loving your Obama! You already forgot their 'mysterious' meeting in front of a cafe window? But certainly Mr. Obama is so honest with you, he cannot make deals with anybody (YES, HE CAN)

    I am not surprised he is a fraud, I am a bit surprised so many Americans are stupid. If you don't see how hard are trying Republicans, Bloomberg and their arm extension Obama to keep Clinton out of the office... that's called stupidity.

    January 9, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. Dave, Houston, TX

    Go for it, Mike! You'll let the Democratic candidate walk right into the White House.

    The Republican party had been dominant until 2006 with an unholy alliance of the evangelical, "social conservative", Church Lady-types and the pro-business, Wall Street, country club elite. This is how they got working-class voters to vote against their own economic self-interest - whether the issue was abortion, gay marriage or immigration.

    Huckabee will take the first group, and Bloomberg the second, and they'll both witness to the victory of Obama or Clinton.

    Thanks, Mr. Perot, oops, I mean Bloomberg.

    January 9, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  13. D

    A third party candidate was the reason that Bill ‘can’t tell the truth’ Clinton won in 1992.

    January 10, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  14. Anon

    He's a liar like Obama. Both said they will not run. Obama said he will finish his term.

    Obama might be ready in 2016.

    January 10, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  15. Brenton

    If Clinton wins the nomination, she will pick Barack Obama as VP. He will, of course, accept, and they will win the election. Bloomberg will wisely decide not to run, as he will have no substantial support.
    Obama would love to be the first black VP because the alternative is becoming long-forgotten footnote in U.S. politics. He's not above working with Hillary, and both candidates understand that "what is said in the race stays in the race."

    Bloomburg really has no place, in any scenario.

    January 10, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  16. Jayson

    Willard,
    Assuming the scenario you recite ever happaens I can almost guarantee there will be a move to ammend the Constitution neither the Democrats or Republicans would want to run the risk of the House or Senate making the call on who is President and Vice President.

    That being said I hope that Bloomberg does run since it is about time that there was a 3 party system and actual compromise in regards to bills in the House and the Senate. It only makes sense to have a Liberal, Moderate, and Conservative party and would quite possibly increase the voter turn out by giving people a 3rd choice and give voters an even greater chance of not having to vote for the lesser of two evils.

    January 10, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  17. Harry

    If Bloomberg decides to run, I can tell my friend "I told you so". He's convinced that despite the media attention, he's not going to.
    I think he might.
    If Bloomberg decides to run, I'm not going to call him a liar. People can change their mind. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm sure that if you asked every President in history (save maybe George W. Bush) that there was at least one decision where they were flipping back and forth before really deciding on the issue.
    Whether that's good or bad, the American populous has had worse. Just look at President John Tyler. His Accidency had no friends in American government his most of 4 years in office.

    January 10, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  18. Mrs. America

    This tastes sour. Romney couldn't buy his way in with his millions, so now Bloomberg will try with his billions? I think the American public is beyond being bought.

    January 10, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  19. Chris

    "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 .. " What changes he has to offer?
    The candidates of both parties have been speaking for decades for change with
    no specific substance. The only real change has been bigger and deeper whole,
    trillions dollars of debt, hopes of empty promises – brain washing the
    people, filling their coffers, ignoring their duties, responsibilities, plunge
    the country into a war for over 5 years and lost of lives.
    A true change of substance will be when the people can express
    “THEIR WILL” on ALL MAJOR ISSUES”. The duties and responsibilities of
    the Congress should be and must be ”strictly construed”.
    The future destiny, liberty, freedom to live , work etc. should be in the hands
    of the people to “express their will” on ALL MAJOR ISSUES!
    “Find out to what people will submit and you will find the exact measure
    of injustice that will be impose upon them”. It is better to suffer,
    rather than to relinquish any “HOPES” to express “THE WILL ON ALL
    MAJOR ISSUES! It is a mistake to continue to give “unlimited power”
    to anybody, to plunge the country into a “war, debt of trillions of dollars”.
    The Congress did not comply with their duties and responsibilities!
    Their greed – wealth came first before the country and the people.

    January 10, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  20. PW Va

    Does anyone recall a very "cozy" (front window at a Starbucks in NY, if I remember correctly) conversation that Sen. Obama and Mayor Bloomberg had a couple of months back? Obama/Bloomberg...now there's a ticket I could live with. We are all suffering from Bush/Clinton fatigue at this juncture. So Hillary, know this...enjoy your NH win 'cause the wagons are beginning to circle!!!

    January 10, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  21. B

    Everybody saying a Clinton/Obama ticket is dreaming. Obama has stated numerous times he will not be on any ticket that does not have him a president and we all know Clinton is to arrogant to be anybody's VP.

    January 10, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  22. John, New York, NY

    I'd like to see Mike run. He's been a hell of a better mayor than Rudy....and I think he'd make a great running made for Obama! Polls in NY and NJ show that his candidacy would guarantee the Dems winning those states....even with Rudy in the race.

    January 10, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  23. Chris

    The only problem with Willard Roker´s assessment of third party candidates and the vote going to the House and Senate, has anyone forgotten Leiberman? He endorsed McCain and is likely to cause a tie in the Senate. The tie-breaking vote in the Senate goes the the Senate President Pro-Tempore or as we al affectionately know him: Vice-President Dick Cheney!!!

    Let´s be careful guys.

    January 10, 2008 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  24. Peter Oriavwote

    I am to offer my passionate advice as it were, I

    January 10, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  25. Peter Oriavwote

    If I am to offer my passionate advice as it were, I will definitely say, Mike do not jump into the fray because, as an independent you will lose big time. Save your hundreds of million of dollars for a better political opportunity. No not now.

    January 10, 2008 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
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