September 23rd, 2007
05:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Hagel: No plans for a Bloomberg-Hagel ticket in '08

Hagel said he has no plans to run on a ticket with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

WASHINGTON (CNN)–Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, all but put to rest the rampant speculation that he has been planning to run on a third party presidential ticket with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Chatter for their potential run started months ago when the two political mavericks had dinner together in Washington.

Though neither politician has ruled out running for higher office, Sen. Hagel said on CNN’s Late Edition this morning that there is no plan in place to run together. “I have never, along with Mayor Bloomberg, as far as I know, come to any conclusions or worked our way towards [running together] or applied any focus on that,” Sen. Hagel said. “I don't really see that happening.”

Sen. Hagel announced last week he would not run for reelection in the Senate when his term expires in 2008.

-CNN Late Edition Producer Ted Metzger

Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Michael Bloomberg
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. William Becker

    I believe a Hagel/Bloomberg ticket just might work. Most people I know detest both the far left and far right, and would strongly support a new independent party with two strong individuals such as these heading it up. PLEASE JUST DO IT MEN!!!!!

    September 23, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Todd, New South Wales


    September 23, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Karin Gallet NYC NY

    Mike Bloomberg is the candidate who could, finally, put an end to the partisan stalemate that has dominated US politics for too long.
    Join the Draft Bloomberg effort at

    September 23, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. James, Fredonia New York

    Biden/Hagel 08.....

    They're friends...
    Biden is less liberal then many of the Democrats...
    Hagel is anti war...

    September 23, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. Tom

    Sen. Chuck Hagel (RINO, France) should return to his homeland. I'm sure his useful idiots in the Washington press corps will still worship at his feet and have him on their programs repeatedly.

    September 23, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Deborah H. Arrington, Kingsport, Tennessee

    "Though neither politician has ruled out running for higher office, ..."

    I watched the CNN Late Edition show today & I thought Senator Hagel categorically ruled out running for ANY political office and planned to serve our country in other ways in the future. I think it's interesting that both Senators Hagel & Warner are bowing out of the Senate and suspect it is due to their feelings about the Iraq War.

    September 23, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Stephen, Huntington, WV

    Chuck Hagel has a higher rating from The American Conservative Union in 2005 than McCain, Frist, and Duncan Hunter. He has also voted Pro-life consistently. I don't know how anyone can accuse him of being a "RINO" or being in bed with the French.

    September 23, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  8. Ron Nebraska

    Um Stephen, people like Tom say that because they have absolutely no depth of intelligence. My theory is the Fox News channel has so successfully manipulated the most ignorant among us that thinking like that follows and people actually vote for someone like Bush/Rove/Cheney AND WOULD DO IT AGAIN GIVEN THE CHOICE!!!

    September 24, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  9. Stephen, Tallahassee

    If H.R. Clinton is the nominee (God Help Us) I would support an independent candidate, such as Bloomberg-Hagel.

    September 24, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Dave, Minneapolis MN

    Hagel and Bloomberg could finally end Washington's partisanship when both the Democrats and Republicans get together to screw over the new guys.

    Or, alternatively, traditional partisanship will get notched up a level since there will be a new "independent" party eating up political patronage.

    September 24, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Obama- The hope for our future

    How about an Obama/Hagel ticket? Wouldn't that be interesting.

    September 24, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. James, NY, NY

    Doesn't matter because it would be a losing ticket anyways since they wouldn't be able to get voters from either base to vote for them. The ticket would most likely hurt the Dems more then it would the Republicans

    September 24, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |