Romney makes NYC rounds, meets with Bloomberg
May 1st, 2012
12:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney makes NYC rounds, meets with Bloomberg

(CNN) – While in New York on Tuesday for an event with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney made unannounced visits, including one with the city's mayor, his campaign confirmed to CNN.

Following the meeting, an aide to Michael Bloomberg said the New York City mayor was undecided about making an endorsement in the presidential race, but said "it's possible." Bloomberg won his last election as a political independent, but was previously a Democrat, then a Republican.

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The aide understood it to be Bloomberg and Romney's first meeting.

The two discussed education reform, the economy, and illegal guns, as well as immigration reform, an issue on which Bloomberg has criticized Romney.

As recently as September of last year, Bloomberg criticized Romney's opposition to then GOP-candidate Rick Perry's plan, which included no additional fencing alongside the US-Mexico border, but allowed in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants.

"Bottom line is, Romney's wrong on this one," Bloomberg said. "This is the future of America and Perry's right on this one. I don't agree with Perry on other things, but on this one he's right."

Since Friday, Bloomberg has played golf with Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Bloomberg did not make an endorsement in the 2008 race.

While in New York, Romney also attended a memorial service for Mike Wallace, the CBS' "60 Minutes" correspondent, in the city, Romney's campaign said.

On Tuesday afternoon, he is to mark the one-year anniversary of the US attack which killed Osama bin Laden at the event with Giuliani. Giuliani's 2008 presidential bid emphasized his handling of the 9/11 attacks on the city where he was mayor at the time.

- CNN's Mary Snow, Steve Brusk, and Jim Acosta contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Michael Bloomberg • Mitt Romney
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. sonny chapman

    Bloomberg needs to ask Mitt if he's got the guts to take on the NRA to try & get rid of all the "heat" & shoot first attitudes that are turning this country into a War Zone.

    May 1, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Rudy_NYC

    On Tuesday afternoon, he is to mark the one-year anniversary of the US attack which killed Osama bin Laden at the event with Giuliani.
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    There's your celebration, conservatives. You don't see Democrats or liberals raising glasses and having a toast. It is the Republicans who are doing it, and Mitt Romney is leading the way. Bad campaign move on his part. I look forward to seeing Mitt Romney flip-flop his way out of this verbal and physcial gaffe. [He cannot deny being there, but he'll try.]

    May 1, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney made unannounced visits, including one with the city's mayor, his campaign confirmed to CNN"

    How terribly "disappointing" that Mitt Romney has chosen NOT to publicize the 1st anniversary of the "death" of OBL ... by choosing to make a series of NYC unannounced campaign stops during his non publicized visit to NYC ... on the 1st anniversary of said "death" of OBL.

    Flip Flop doesn't even begin to describe this self inflated, ego ridden fool of a man.

    May 1, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. ART

    Even with Bloomberg changing sides he is still more consistant than Romney

    May 1, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Rudy_NYC

    Bloomberg last publicly weighed in on the 2012 presidential race in a September interview on CNN's "John King, USA," when asked about differences between Romney and then-GOP candidate Rick Perry on immigration policy.

    "Bottom line is, Romney's wrong on this one," Bloomberg said. "This is the future of America and perry's right on this one. I don't agree with Perry on other things, but on this one he's right."
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    "...Romney's wrong on this one..." That quote does not appear at the link, neither in the text of the article nor in the video. So far, it only appears in this article, which claims that it originates from last year.

    May 1, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    You can't pander to everyone Willard. Bloomberg is a mayor and has more credentials than you. I wish he were in that primary up against you loons. BTW, get out of my home state. NY and NYC will be blue forever!!!

    May 1, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Thomas

    New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is one of the few politicians that stands up agents the NRA.

    Thats a Flip that cost the Romney ,Nugent clan votes .

    May 1, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. gg

    flip,flopin away,flip,flopin away,the romney ,rove machine keeps flip,flopin away–

    May 1, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Guess Rmoney wanted to compare notes with another flip-flopper.

    May 1, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Eddie The Barber

    What the hell did Guliani have to do with killing bin Laden and didn't he campaign for president on the attacks on NYC? What the hell did Romney have to do with any of this? How can they critisize Obama for mentioning the bin Laden event and how can Romney say that he would have given the order. He didn't and still doesn't know the circumstances and details of the decision – maybe he would have said "No it's too risky – I want to make sure I'm reelected. Another day and another day to rewrite history for thses jokers.

    May 1, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Mikey

    Bloomberg would be a much better candidate for POTUS than Romney. Bloomberg at least appears to have values and guiding principles and is not a flag in the wind, pointing whichever way is convenient at the moment. He is fiscally conservative, but supports indivudual rights, understands scientific fact, and is not beholden to the NRA and oil lobbies.

    It is not about how wealthy the candidate is – it is a matter of character – Bloomberg has it, Romney does not.

    May 1, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Jules

    Did he go see The Donald through the back door on this trip?

    May 1, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Mikey

    So, the President scored the touchdown but is not spiking the ball, meanwhile the waterboy for the opposing team is running around NYC, spiking balls with which he hasn't scored. What a DB!

    May 1, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    I guess Flippy WILL use the anniversary to pander as a hawk (chicken hawk that is). He and the shameless opportunist Ghouliani will be no doubt be out there hailing themselves as caring people. Ghouliani is the worst one to be with on that day as he uses it to build himself as America's Mayor when he was in reality a primary cause of the huge death toll. Let's hear it Flippy......use it a political weapon or not......

    May 1, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    Al-NY,NY - Ghouliani is the worst one to be with on that day as he uses it to build himself as America's Mayor when he was in reality a primary cause of the huge death toll.
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    Care to explain this little piece of insanity?

    May 1, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Tired of the republican lies

    Get out of my state!!!!! With as many people that we have here...you didn't get that many votes in the primary.

    May 1, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    GOP idiots are clowns. Entertaining USA and world.

    May 1, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    Let ke get this straight. The bishop robot is saying that the President is using bin laden's death formpokitical reasons. A death that he has never been given the right amount of praise from the teapublikans, including saving the captain from the Somali pirates but hentoasting the death of a man he would have never had the guts to into Pakistsn to kill?
    Can we say hypocrite. Nat least he has something in common with Bloomberg. Can't make up his mind which party to be in!

    May 1, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Gurgyl

    GOP idiots are clowns. Entertaining USA and world.
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    I haven't seen such atrocious grammar since diridi used to post here.

    May 1, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. ARALE NORIMAKI

    No more using support troops quotes and No More Using 9/11 as an Excuse

    Firefighters’ radios failed to work back then when they responded to the bombing of the world trade center, and they failed to work again, years later, on 9/11. Even if the inadequate fire department radios worked on 9/11, they were not connectible in any way to the police department radios or police department communication of any kind, even though the city had obtained additional radio frequencies from the federal government in 1995, specifically to make that kind of communication possible. Mayor Giuliani’s failure to do anything about the primitive fire department radios meant that on 9/11 fire chiefs had no idea that police helicopters were predicting the collapse of both towers long before they fell.

    May 1, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. CBR

    Mayor Bloomberg has shown he is successful as a Mayor of a large metropolitan area. I do not think anyone does it better. He also stays out the fray unless an issue will make a difference to him personally or to the City. His independence if maintained and that is a good thing for NY.

    He deserves kudos for the way he handles politicians who would like his endorsement.. I, for one, would like to seem him remain neutral until it counts.

    May 1, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. PJ/TX

    @Mikey: Great post. You hit the nail on the head!

    May 1, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Michael

    He's not going because of OBL. He's going because of Mike Wallace. But he has said that Obama can take credit for killing him, and congratulated him on making the right decision. It is obama who has tried to make it a political thing. Everyone who can think in America should be glad OBL is dead.

    May 1, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Take a trip to Zuccotti Park Willard. They'll embrace you with open arms.

    May 1, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Rudy_NYC

    The Real Truth ... Nothing wrote:

    Care to explain this little piece of insanity?................
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    Don't take my speculation as gospel. Take your pick from the following.

    It could be a veiled reference to the firefighter radios not working when they had years to upgrade them, but Guiliani budget cuts prevented it.
    It could be a veiled reference to the questionable logic of putting the Disaster Center in the middle of the biggest targets in Manhattan, which is why Guiliani was on the scene and almost killed that day.

    It could be a veiled reference to why the buildings were not evacuated once it became apparent that an upper floor would occasionally collapse onto a floor below. That started a good 20 minutes before the initial collapse. You can see puffs of smoke explode outward all the way around the building on a single floor in the videos. Then it would happen again either a floor above or a floor below. The cascade of floor collasping was immediately apparent to me and to the people around me when I pointed it out. "Look at that!"

    May 1, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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