January 10th, 2008
09:37 AM ET
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Richardson, Bloomberg effect

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CNN's Suzanne Malveaux takes a look at how the latest news from Bill Richardson and Michael Bloomberg may affect the presidential race.

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Michael Bloomberg
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  1. sharp34

    I heard Obama can't win the electoral college. What's the point in voting for him if its just going to help the Republicans retain the White House?

    January 10, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Jack K.

    Bill Richardson would rather eat his own shorts–than accept a position in an Obama or Clinton administration.

    He would however–probably be a great VP for John Edwards.

    The press and the polls are underestimating the resolve of the vast majority of American voters who: aren't college graduates; who have experienced the "real" pressures of "market economics and trickle down economics"; who have seen only the "professional organizations (with $millions in lobbyists efforts) derive success from the current economy.

    This "majority of the electorate" are looking for a candidate withNO connections to "big money lobbyists", whether from corporate interests–or well-heeled professional organizations like educational professionals, health professionals, accountants, lawyers, bankers–to name a few–who have been continuosly been lobbying any party in power–to achieve their own aims at the sacrifice of the hourly employees within many of the same industries.

    The "big money" interests have won–regardless of who the President was.

    It is time for a President who will not be swayed by affiliation–other than American citizenship. A President who has actually worked an hourly job–and understands the limits to the career ladder and the dependency on a good paying job.

    We need John Edwards. ALL the other candidates are "saying" the same thing politicians have been saying for years–but they will deliver nothing more than the status qou.

    We need real and lasting change. We must hold our elected officials accountable to ALL the people who put them in office.

    Support and vote for John Edwards. The only candidate who is functioning in "reality".

    January 10, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Jack

    I sure hope that Mayor Bloomberg honestly considers a run for the White House. It is about time that we as voters show Washington and the media that we are tired of "bipartisian" efforts which translate into more attempts to push the blame. I had truly hoped that when the Democrats moved into Congress after the last election, a change would be made. Instead we ended up with Washington as usual; just new characters in the drama. The Majority Leader and Speaker have done little to promote unity between the parties and have consistently used their new positions as methods to attack the President. Why should we believe all of the candidates who have decided to use the word "change" within their campaign. It is time for a true change; it is time to elect Mayor Bloomberg.

    January 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Vigla

    No way Republicans hold onto anything. They are damaged goods... Their candidates stink and their policies are not working. I mean, Dennis Kucinich could win the general!

    January 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Thepom

    Wheere did you hear that? Is this going to be another 4 years of Hell under a reblican who don't care about anything other then their pockets?

    John Kerry didn't fight hard enough to beat Bush and Gore should have kept at it he won FL in 2000

    January 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Ken

    Bloomberg has too much baggage.....I don't think the american people are ready too vote for a guy that has had three sexual harrarrment charges against...

    January 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Tom

    Sharp, your statement is ridiculous. Do you honestly think that Hillary has a better shot at picking up moderate Republican support than Obama? No way. You have it backwards. Her unfavorables consistently poll in the high 40's. On the contrary, she would whip up the right wing base into a frenzy come November. Obama is a slam dunk.

    January 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Matt

    If Hillary wins the nomination, Bloomberg is more likely to run b/c she turns off indepedents, the sort of voters Bloomberg would attract. In contrast, if Obama gets the nod, he will attract many independents and even Republicans, making Bloomberg less likely to run, and more likely that the Dems win. Hillary is the one who puts the Dems' electability into question.

    January 10, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. L in Tulsa

    You don't become a multibillionaire unless you know how to manage people. Bloomberg would pic the right staff (from both sides) with the right experience.

    Bloomberg should run if Obama gets the nomination.

    January 10, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Julie in Maryland

    Hillary has the best chance of beating a Republican in November. Any Republican nominee, especially a "moderate" such as McCain or Guiliani would spend most of their campaign time and money into proving how little experience Obama has. Yes, our country does need change, but too many people think Obama, as a first term Senator, is very inexperienced. He certainly has the lingo and rhetoric of a President, but a very tiny record to back it up. Even John F. Kennedy had completed a term in the Senate and three prior terms in the House of Reps before he announced his candidacy. I think Barack would make an EXCELLENT Vice President for Hillary, although neither candidate is likely to settle for 2nd place in such a way.

    If the dems want to regain control of the White House, and work with a Democratic majority in Congress, Hillary is our girl. Imagine all that would get done with Bush/Cheney gone and Hillary/Pelosi teaming up to pass necessary bills for the future of our country!

    Bloomberg will run, and likely choose Ron Paul as his Vice Presidential candidate... but I doubt he'll be taken seriously enough to effect either party's vote come November.

    January 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Tom Masters

    Bloomberg does NOT have the Arnold affect regarding staffing, he should've entered months ago if he were going to enter. This just shows how weak his strategy is.

    Of course, Richardson should have never entered, he's toootally lame in his lazy rant.

    Neither will have an affect on the race, neither are to be taken seriously as candidates.

    January 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Greg, OH

    L in Tulsa, some have speculated that Bloomberg will only run if Hillary gets the Nomination, he has NO love for Hillary.

    January 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Lauren

    I personally think that all the Democrats basically agree on all the issues, so it will come down to personality. From what I hear in the workplace and around town is that people have such a hatred for Hillary...whether it be founded or not, it is there. I can't imagine that if she gets the democratic nomination, she will win the gneral election. If she does win, I can se eRepublicans voting against everything just to spite her. I think Obama is the choice to get things moving again in Washington!

    January 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Mike

    For those who think that a Hillary nomination will liven up the Republican base and get them to the polls you are absolutely correct. Let's say Giuliani gets the Republican nod. I, as a Republican, do not want to vote for him. But if it's Rudy vs Hillary I'm voting Rudy all the way. Hillary has a huge group of Americans that simply cannot stand her, PERIOD.
    I've heard that she is more conservative than Barrack Obama. Are you kidding me? There is nothing conservative whatsoever about Hillary Clinton. She is completely unlikable and polarizes the entire right half of this country against her.
    At least with someone like Edwards I could be content with. Not so much for Obama, and certainly not Hillary.
    A Clinton nomination will most certainly drive any Republican fence sitters to the polls in vast numbers.

    January 10, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Rob

    This is bordering on megalomania to think he can jump in at this point. I'm so sick of the Ross Perot/Ralph Nader busters that barge into a campaign knowing they can't possibly WIN. But just love the attention. They sap votes from REAL candidates and spoil the outcomes just to make a point. SMGDH.......The Mayor needs to go sit down and run his city and THINK about how his 3 sexual harassment lawsuits would effect him in a year where a serious female candidate is running. Someone stroked his ego a bit too much.

    January 10, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Jim

    Let's say that Mayor Bloomberg does enter the race as an independent in an effort to stop a Hillary win an the election against either McCain or Guiliani. Who do you see him taking more votes from... the Democrats or Republicans?

    January 10, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Mark R. / Bonn, Northhein-Westfalia, Germany

    I seriously doubt that Bloomberg will run.

    Though we american jews would rejoice in seeing a fellow jew get the nomination – Lieberman in 2000 was already an amazing thing to see, I doubt that a jew will be nominated in our lifetime and I am sure that an american jew running as a third party candidate has absolutely no chance. And Michael Bloomberg knows this as well.

    He won't run.

    January 10, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. JB

    Obama and Bloomberg had a "secret" meeting a while back. Something tells me there was more to that meeting than just coffee. I think if Obama wins the democratic nomination, Obama chooses Bloomberg as his VP. Hillary and Edwards won't settle for VP and Obama knows it. So he's looking for someone that can polarize both sides and foster a better working relationship between the Dems and GOP.

    Don't knock Obama's lack of experience. I think that's exactly what some people are looking for. He hasn't been a politician long enough to get sucked into the old habits. He hasn't made deals with all the lobbyists and special interest groups like Clinton has. He doensn't owe anyone any special favors yet. His lack of experience is actually a good thing. He'd be coming in with fresh ideas and a new way of getting things done. The "change" platform may be a bit cliche, but if there's ever a candidate that I believe can bring about change, it's Obama.

    When he won Iowa, the GOP contenders started getting very nervous. They know they can beat Hillary because so many people hate her and her nomination would lead to a record turnout of republican voters in the general election to vote against her. But they're scared of Obama. They've seen how he appeals to moderates and independents. They can preach about his lack of experience during the general election, but in the end they know Obama's message will mean a lot more to people than his perceived lack of experience.

    Mark my words, if Obama wins a few more of these early primaries and becomes the frontrunner, the republican frontrunners will start taking shots at Obama in addition to their republican rivals. The GOP wants Hillary to get the nomination. It at least gives them a fighting chance. They know they're toast if Obama gets it. Throw in another moderate/independent for his VP (Bloomberg) and Obama will be called Mr. President for the next 8 years.

    January 10, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Lame duck

    who cares what she says she is openly supporting obama, when he lost in NH they had to take her off the air she couldnt talk for a bit... More baised CNN reporting... No credibility for her either

    January 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. JR - San Antonio, TX

    Greg, OH January 10, 2008 2:57 pm ET

    L in Tulsa, some have speculated that Bloomberg will only run if Hillary gets the Nomination, he has NO love for Hillary.


    You nobrainers are ninnies. Bloomberg HATES Rudy's guts. AND IF Bloomberg liked Obama don't y'all think that he would have been backing him all this time since their "secret" meeting?! Wishful thinking....

    The only reason he isn't overly fond of Hillary is because he feels like she didn't give him enough support when he was running for office.

    Bloomberg either saw Obama for the Chicago windybag he is (OR is waiting to ask him to run as his VICE-PRESIDENTIAL partner if Obama doesn't get the Dem. nod.) It is said that he has been WAITING to hear the candidates actually talk about THE ISSUES rather than the great rhetoric debate about CHANGE.

    Bloomberg will pick up the Independent voters and moderate Republicans that Obama needs to win - NOT the hardcore Democrats that support Hillary.

    Bill Clinton STILL has over 68% approval rating and y'all think that Rove is quaking in his Texas 'gator skin boots over Obambi?! Reality Check!!

    January 10, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. Nancy, Dallas TX

    Who are the Kool-aid drinkers who believe Obama has taken no money from special interests or lobbyists?? That is ridiculous and naive. Where exactly do you think his money has come from? Multiple millions upon millions have not been raised by Web site visitors mailing in a few bucks, or from local churches making a modest campaign contribution. "He doesn't owe anyone any special favors yet"?? Give me a break! He did not step out of the classroom and on to a national stage without some powerful backers and big bucks. That is the reality of politics, my friend.

    The spooky thing about the Obama-rama is this very cluelessness, this naivete. People buying into a vague message that has been CALCULATED to suck in the very people who like it.

    January 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Mildred Spencer


    We already have one has-been New York Mayor running.

    One loser is enough.

    Mayors are not qualified to be president, either.

    January 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. K-Romeo

    If you havebeen apart of the past, you havebeen apart of the problem. The change we need isn't that of a black president but and honest president with new ideas and visions, and that candidate is, Obama. I would be ashame if I was Hillary or any of the other candidates to say they have experiece and have served time in the office making changes. What I'm trying to say is, look at our world today and were it stands, and listen to the candidates bragging about being apart of bringing it to this place. A lot of people just don't get it, especially the other candidates. If Obama was white or any other race I would support him for his belief, his vision, and most important of all, his inexperience. I really wouldn't support him if he had the kind of experience that have our country in the state its in today. New ideas, new visions is what we need and if a white, black, mexican or other can bring this about, I'm all for him. K-Romeo Southfield MI

    January 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Fanner 50

    Bloomberg is the biggest torpedo in the swift boat arsenal.They will bring him out just to take some one out?

    January 11, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |