June 19th, 2007
06:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Bloomberg drops Republican affiliation

Bloomberg is leaving the Republican party.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg changed his party affiliation from Republican to unaffiliated Tuesday, a move that will surely increase speculation he is considering an independent White House bid.

But Bloomberg, who has repeatedly denied he is planning a run, said in a statement his future plans haven't changed.

"Although my plans for the future haven’t changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our City," he said.

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- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Michael Bloomberg
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Evan E, Boca Raton, FL

    It's amazing how all of you who live in states other than New York say you would vote for him in a heartbeat because he has done so much good for NY. I didn't know people in North Carolina were under the governance of a Mayor in New York...And to the guy that says this ensures the GOP nominee will win, what are you thinking??? Republicans are jumping off the sinking ship called the GOP faster than illegal immigrants are sneaking into our country and you think this is good for your party? Haha!

    June 20, 2007 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  2. George, Auburn, Alabama

    Bloomberg is the formally Republican, Mayor from NYC with actual credibility on terrorism and national security. Bloomberg had to take over the messes left by Giuliani, and has done a great job in solving them.

    Giuliani did nothing to fight terror, yet it is the bedrock of his current presidential campaign.

    Bloomberg made his own riches and is an extremely competent business. His daddy never had to bail him out of job after job after job after job after war after 911 commission.

    Yes Bloomberg was a RINO, and everyone knew it. If you support someone's beliefs it shouldn't matter what party they claim. Republican Senator Trent Lott said that the country would be a better place if Pro-segregationist Strom Thurmond was elected president, even though at that point in his life Thurmond was a Democrat. In yet another ironic twist Lott was one of the first and biggest Republicans to call for the dismissal of Rumsfeld, yet he is now adamant that Congress make no judgement about the legal violations of the current A.G.

    June 20, 2007 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  3. George, Auburn, Alabama

    Bloomberg/Sshwarzenegger would bring a lot of excitement to this election!

    Given the mainstream media already has chosen who should be nominated, and thus won't cover the lesser known candidates, thus preventing people from hearing their issues and possibly supporting them. This election needs some real candidates that that the entire country can unite behind.

    June 20, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  4. Michael Rieder, Singapore

    Bloomberg is a determined man.

    Now, the interesting question would be:

    "Could Al Gore do the same... AND... could the two create a running ticket together?"

    Food for thought.

    June 20, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  5. Terrence, Queens, NY

    the best part of bloomberg is the team that he would likely bring with him from city hall in nyc to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave: klein, grimm, crowell, skyler, harris, gibbs, donovan, wierson, oliver, kelly, friedman and the list goes on

    June 20, 2007 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  6. Jared, Bennington, VT

    Dan From Williston: Schwarzenegger can't run as a VP candidate, so you can eliminate that ticket. Bloomberg/Hagel looked like a possibility about four or five months ago, but haven't heard much from Hagel since.

    June 20, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  7. Tom W, Dedham, Mass

    How about a Bloomberg/Colin Powell ticket?

    June 20, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Rob, New York City

    More like Bloomberg / Chuck Hagel. Hagel has been stepping on a lot of republican toes and is one of the only republicans to be resolute about getting out of Iraq.

    June 20, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Connor Vlakancic, Silicon Valley, CA

    California NonPartisan Initiative Introduction
    California’s General Election, November 2008,

    NonPartisan Independent candidates
    CA Assembly, CA Senate, US Representative and even President candidate(s)

    On May 14, 2007 California Attorney General website listed the Initiative Measure to achieve this goal.
    http://ag.ca.gov/initiatives/activeindex.php?active=A Select: # 07-0019

    SECTION 1. Title This Initiative Measure shall be known and may be cited as the:
    “California NonPartisan Candidate Qualification Act”
    SECTION 2. Findings
    The people of the state of California do hereby declare their no confidence frustration with (1) partisan political malfeasance and (2) duopoly polarized partisan political party failure to produce desirable visionary candidates of viable eclectic-pragmatic leadership competence.
    SECTION 3. Purpose
    This California statute disenfranchises or eliminates existing multiple incongruent Election Code procedures of Signatures-in-Lieu, Nomination Signatures and Write-in Candidate Qualification Signatures for nonpartisan General Election candidates, and, creates a new aligned signature gathering process for state wide and district nonpartisan candidates, including a default write-in candidate qualification means.

    The whitepaper introduction is at: http://www.NonPartisanPatriot.com

    We invite your interest in this Initiative Measure. Attorney General Jerry Brown will release the official Title and Summary in 25 to 30 days. The official press release will include who is our "Charlton Heston" media spokesperson.

    Our email address is: Independent@NonPartisanPatriot.com


    Connor Vlakancic, Advocate, CAO
    California NonPartisan Independent Committee 501(c)4

    June 21, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Kathleen Boyle, Southport, N.C.

    This is in response to the interpretations of my statement on June 19th.

    To coolio, ny ny: Ron Paul is a good man, but not the "Breath of Fresh Air" I was referring to. He espouses much of the Republican Party rhetoric that has pervaded our government for the past seven years and has predominated his representation since he "entered politics" in 1971.

    To Evan of Boca Raton, FL: Mayor Bloomberg may not be my mayor, but he has my attention. Although I am from New York, I moved to North Carolina 18 months ago. If Mr. Bloomberg chooses to seek National office ~ he has to appeal to the National constituency. This appears to be the case as the responses, in the CNN Political Ticker, are primarily from non-New Yorkers and appears to be largely favorable.

    June 22, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Edward, Louisville, Kentucky

    This is why Im a socialist. Socialism doesnt support this type of behavior like capitalism does. Capitalism doesnt care about this republican as long as he doesnt stop making someone else money. When that happens they feed him to the dogs. Funny how this country is full of Christians who pray to a homeless man on sunday and ignore another on monday...just a thought

    September 7, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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