June 20th, 2007
01:50 PM ET
9 years ago

Bloomberg not running for president, for now

Bloomberg left the GOP party Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A day after quitting the Republican Party to become an independent politician, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg brushed aside speculation that he’s going to run for president on a third party ticket. But he wouldn't close the door completely.

"I have said that my intention is to be mayor for the next 925 days and probably about 10 hours, whatever's left, 11 hours," Bloomberg said during a news conference in New York City. "And that is my intention. I've got the greatest job in the world and I'm going to keep doing it."

But the New York City mayor also noted, "The more people that run for office the better."

Bloomberg said he dropped his Republican Party affiliation, because he wanted to be able to speak out about issues like immigration, Iraq and health care more effectively. The mayor said he thinks there are already a lot of choices for presidential candidates and that attention should be spent on those that are actually running.

"I think they're wasting they're time, I'm not a candidate, they should get down to polling on people who are candidates and we've got a lot of them in this country," he said. "We even have two people from New York who are candidates for President of the United States, I'm not sure the state needs a third."

He has made similar comments in the past.

But what would it take for Bloomberg to run?

"If everyone in the world was dead and I was the only one alive, sure," Bloomberg joked.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Michael Bloomberg
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Alan, Allentown, PA

    Please don't run! Not b/c you are not a great person, but because you would never get 270 electoral votes and siphon votes from Democrats and hand the GOP another victory. We DON'T need another 2000.

    June 20, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Leandro, Washington DC

    The current poll on CNN.com shows some 80% of respondents would vote for an independent.

    It would be a headache for Democrats, no doubt. Maybe if they begin to grow a real spine on those issues that got them a slim majority in Congress, they will deserve the Presidency in 2008.

    June 20, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Benji, Beverly Hills, CA

    Bloomberg isn't going to run. If he flip flops and decides to run in the future, he won't win over any Democrats, Independents, and the anti-Republican/anti-Bush/anti-War electorate.

    Bloomberg decided to leave the Republican party because the Republican Party is a mess. And any politician with any sense isn't going to affiliate themselves with a lost cause.

    June 20, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |