January 9th, 2008
06:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Bloomberg measuring support for White House run

Bloomberg is testing support for a White House bid.

Bloomberg is testing support for a White House bid.

NEW YORK (CNN) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched a research effort to assess his chances in a potential bid for the presidency, a source close to the mayor told CNN.

The source said data is being gathered but that the mayor - who has been widely speculated as being interested in running for the White House as an independent - has not yet begun analyzing that data, the source said.

The source, who is intimately familiar with the mayor's deliberations, said he has set early March as a timetable for making a decision.

Bloomberg, a former Democrat who was elected to the mayor's office as a Republican, joined a panel of moderate current and former lawmakers earlier this week at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The group, made up of both Democrats and Republicans, called for a return to bipartisanship in government.

"What has changed is that people have stopped working together," Bloomberg said at the Monday gathering. "Government is dysfunctional. There is no collaboration and congeniality. There is no working together and 'Let's do what's right for the country.' There is no accountability today ... no willingness to focus on big ideas."

- CNN's John King contributed to this report.

Filed under: Michael Bloomberg
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Sal Phoenix, AZ

    Everyone talks about uniting the country..This country never has and never will be united, unless some past or current president dies then we all cry...As long as we have a 2 party system, you can forget about it..Get real, just get someone who can turn the econy around after 6 years of Republican domination and get us out of war...Just find Osama and I'll be happy...

    January 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Michael Arnaud-Glen Burnie, Maryland

    Even if Michael Bloomberg pays for his campaign out of his own pocket (not like he can't afford to) the only way the Dems Or Repubs will let him run is if it hurts the other party. How does anybody think Bill Clinton won twice? Answer:Ross Perot.

    I do believe that our system NEEDS more candidates, minus the party affiliation.
    Yet, since the Dems and Repubs don't want anyone to have real choice, we're stuck with what we have. Til the Electoral College is abolished and the President of the United States is elected by popular vote ONLY, the voices of the people will never be represented in the White House, or Congress for that matter.

    If Michael Bloombergwants to run for President, I say let him. It's just best to remember that the Dems and Repubs are only going to be looking at how they can use Bloomberg's campaign against each other. Nothing more.

    January 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Boruch

    God save us from this fraud!

    January 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Boruch

    nobody outside of NY likes this Jerk! (I'm sure he's a nice guy, but he is a phony baloney opportunist)

    January 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Linda Feldman

    Michael Bloomberg, an astute business man, has no reason to run as long as the leading candidates from both parties pledge to end the partisan politics that is destroying this country. One candidate, no matter how hard she'll try, cannot accomplish that given her past - even before Bill. Anger and angst worked during the 60s but the scar tissue is too deep and personalities don't change. It's the 21st century and we need a 21st century person to put Congress on pause and reorient the way we do business. I'm rolling the dice for Obama. I rolled it for Bill and Hilary and the pay-off? No health care reform and Gore's inability to run on Clinton's shoddy legacy.

    January 10, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Wire One

    Here we go again! Just like the Republicans used Ralph Nader to spoil the past elections, they are back again with the same tricks. What has Bloomberg done for the city that will make me give him my vote? Our city streets today have more pot holes than ever. BQE has been under construction for years. Instead of building new tunnels to connect NY/NJ to decongest traffic, this mayor is talking about levying fees on rush hour road users. This politicians put traffic light at the end of Holland Tunnel on New Jersy side which is responsible for backing traffic to Manhattan and this Mayor think rush our road users are the problem.

    January 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Phillip

    GO ADAM!!!!!!!! Except I would never vote for Obama. Hillary is the best canidate we have running to choose from.

    January 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Ben, Boston, MA

    If Bloomberg enters while Obama is on the Democratic ticket, then the GOP will win hands down.

    January 10, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. From The North

    "What has changed is that people have stopped working together," Bloomberg said at the Monday gathering.

    No what has changed is that America gave George W. Bush free reign to bring America and the World to complete devastation TWICE!

    Now we have the opportunity to observe if Americans have learned anything from their dire mistakes. And from where I"m sitting it doesn't look like it.

    January 11, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. hughvic

    But if Mayor God's Gift makes a run for the Presidency and makes Hillary his rival rather than the enemy of his enemies, what's CNN going to do for breeder stories when Bloomberg.com stops placing defamatory nonsense from Hillary's oppo shop?

    January 12, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  11. leslie

    He'll give me a reason to go to the polls!!!!!

    January 15, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Just another Zillionaire, wanting to show off... Why don't you go buy an Island and LEAVE NYC!!! We don't want you here anymore.

    January 15, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. hughvic

    But he already did buy an island! Only not for beads this time.

    January 15, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
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