February 28th, 2008
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Bloomberg passes on White House run

 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote in a New York Times op-ed that he will not run for president.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote in a New York Times op-ed that he will not run for president.

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has publicly flirted with the idea of a run for the White House as an independent, says he will not run for president.

"I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, but I am not - and will not be - a candidate for president," Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed posted on the New York Times Web site Wednesday night in advance of Thursday's paper.

The 66-year-old billionaire had publicly repeated that he was not a candidate for president in recent months, while leaving open the option that he could become one.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Walt, Belton,TX

    First sound judgment he's made since entering politics! Congratulations!! That's one-in-a-row!!!!

    February 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. mjc

    bloomberg isn't all bad, but as a nyc resident, i'd worry if here were president that condos would sprout up all over the usa in places that don't need or want them. because thats all that has happened here since he has taken office... its out of control. all "luxury condos" in poor neighborhoods that need other things.

    February 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Dennis, NJ

    Come on folks......Obama is full of hot air and rhetoric. Have you even stopped to notice this is exactly the "change" crap Bill Clinton used on you sheep. Hillary is not the answer either, how sweet would it be to have a true independent as the prez.. Bloomberg would be a great prez. He doesn't need anyone's money or endorsements. I am a Dem but have little faith in any of these candidates. I think for myself and don't let any party tell me what is the right thing to do. I trust my own instincts and you guys should too. Don't be a sheep.......baaaah baaaah!!

    February 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    If you really want to make a difference start your change at the local level, by forming a new party and electing people at the local to run for the U.S. Congress and other offices.
    Not this once in even four years a shot in the dark.
    There is a middle ground between the democratic left and the republican right and Bill Clinton proved that.

    February 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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