January 9th, 2008
06:25 PM ET
9 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. kevin

    If clinton wins the nomination then its Bloomberg/Obama '08.

    January 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Tom Masters

    If he gets in the race, he is a liar, he said he would not!

    Same ol' same ol'.

    January 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Tom Davie

    we shall see if Obama wins the nomination. if he does, then he wont have to run. His beloved Republican cronies will win the election in a landslide.

    Save him a bunch of money in the process I suppose.

    January 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Steven Bengtson Sr.

    Hey Michael, jump right in things are just starting to get interesting! Just a thought. do not try the 'late start' and 'laid back' approach combined without talking to Fred first. Definitely talk with Hillary before believing any polls!

    January 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. S.K.M. Boston Mass

    If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, Bloomberg will definitely jump in. Definitely. The Republicans are likely to nominate either Huckabee or Romney(who is actually leading with delegates), and if they're going against Clinton, there'll be a lot of indifferent voters for him to grab. Why do I mention this? Because I don't think Clinton can win the general election without Barack Obama as a VP. Why is that important? Because the campaign is increasingly negative, and there'll be a point when Obama refuses to run on the same ticket as her if the daily barraiges keep up.

    January 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Willard Roker

    Of Third Party Candidates

    A third party candidate will not get 270 electoral votes, if there was a candidate that popular one of the Big Two would have them on their ticket. At best they will keep any candidate from getting a majority. If no one gets a majority The House would pick the President and the Senate would pick the Vice-President. Each state gets one vote, decided by their representatives, a tie vote by a state’s delegation results in no vote by that state, (the perfect political cover).

    If you go by the rules and do the math, assuming no one crosses party lines, we would end up with a Democratic President. The 3rd party candidate would be left out in the cold because they would have no one in the House of Representatives to support them. There is a chance that the 3rd party VP could get elected. Where the House picks from the top 3 candidates, the Senate only considers the top 2. So if the Republicans came in 3rd they wouldn’t make the cut and it is possible that the Republicans might back the 3rd party over the Democrat. The final vote would be:

    Pres. 25 for Dem. 21 for Rep. 4 ties

    VP 17 for Rep. 16 for Dem. 17 ties

    January 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Walt, Belton, TX

    Bloomberg, screw up New York but leave the rest of us alone. We've got enough problems without adding you!

    January 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. Jacque Bauer

    Isn't this guy a doorman at some fancy New York hotel? At least that puts him far ahead of the two leading phony baloney Democrat empty suits.

    January 9, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Ready

    Sure, why not add another lying, cheating, insider onto the ticket.

    I can't wait to get this new Democrat welfare state up and running. The first thing I'll do is quit my job and apply for as much government assistance I possible. And while you suckers are paying 35-40% income tax, I'll be relaxing at home collecting the goods.

    January 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Tim, Cincinnati OH

    The time is right for a third party candidate. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have a candidate who can unite the country and return competence to Washington. Do it, Mike!

    January 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. mtodd

    How interesting that the man who allowed civil liberties to be stomped on during the Republican convention and praised this president who will go down in history as the absolute worst ever now plans on running for president. Ever time he wants to make more money for the city he raises taxes on people who smoke or drink. As president everyone better watch out because if he feels something is better for your health you'll be forced to do it like a fascist dictate. "He alone knows what is best for YOU." I can't wait until we New Yorkers (the ones not dumb enough to vote for his re-election get to spread the word to the rest of the country that things are far from great for the middle class or poor of NYC. Unless you are a millionaire like Mike and his friends, rent in this city is killing people and moving ethnic neighbors out of their homes and moving Yuppies in. Check out Harlem if you need proof.

    January 9, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Thomas Wells

    There would only be one reason for him to run. To alter the race and push the "decided" president up.

    This I believe is the only reason Nader ran. They are all in the system. If the power hand chose a Republican to win, their goal would be to have someone to take away Democratic votes and vice versa.

    I don't know bloomberg, but I wouldn't vote for him. He said since Obama was leading he wouldn't run.

    Makes you wonder if the goal is to keep Clinton out of office. If so, what for?

    January 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Chuck E. Sinluv

    He can run for the White House anytime after he's done running New York City into the ground..

    January 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Mike

    Excellent! The Dems and GOP will fight together to prevent a third party from being established. Ok..it is what it is. However, a strong third party candidate can at least draw enough votes to cause the two main parties discomfort and possibly force them to adopt the main points of the Third party in order to draw those votes. We need another party to shake up the political machinery... otherwise we will never get real change. Also, depending on who the Dem and GOP parties push to the front...Bloomberg may actually have a chance.

    January 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. Chris, Orlando FL

    Yeah, let's see just what a few billion dollars can buy?

    January 9, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. jayjournal

    Mike, we don't need your big ego and big bucks trying to buy this race. Although all this talk about "post-partisanship" is very fitting for someone who loves to switch party affiliation based on what is convenient and will get him elected. At least Mitt has always stayed a Republican.

    We've never had a better slate of Democratic candidates to choose from. We have one, Barack, who is truly an outsider to politics and can truly unite the country. And now you want to justify your run by crying partisanship? Give me a break. All you're going to do is split the Democratic vote and hand the country back to Republicans for another four years.

    January 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I think this will be a good thing. Voters who thinkthat Bloomburg likes Obama just because they heard they had a conversation in a cafe. Wrong. Obama is a threat to Bloomburg as is John McCain. These two canadates are not winning with their party, but with independents. Clinton won the Democrats vote in Iowa and N.H. Obama only carried Iowa because of the mast number of Independents there. I think Independents should have to have their own primaries. Any thing less then an Clinton/Obama, will be a losing ticket. They will need each others power to win the White House. It is very clear the Republicans want Obama, because they know they can beat him. They are slamming Senator Clinton so hard because they are afraid she will beat them. Which without Obama on her ticket this could be hard but possible. Obama deffently can not win without Clinton.

    As for Obama supporters. Your canadate talks Uniter. Why are you all so mean spirited. You all have call Every contender that doesn.t agree with you names. That is a divider not a uniter. Obama's support is very young and they are the mean spirited ones.

    I am a democrat that is tired of status Quo. We have voted new people for to long We need experience. George Bush also ran on change and being a uniter. Obama stold it right out of George Bushes and Karl Rove's play book. Very dangerous to play with Karl Rove. another example of Senator Obama's mis givens

    Also his use of parting and drug use to get the young vote was very bad. If he has lead one child to drugs he should not even be in public office. After 8 years a a Vic. President he may be Ok. has akot of seasonings togo.

    January 9, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. Jim in Orlando, FL

    "Its time for a third party candidate ...."
    "He's the only honest candidate ..."

    Blah blah blah.

    He's a rich egomaniac, without a chance in Hades of winning, who just wants to boost his ego in a new venue. He couldn't win the nomination as a Republican or Democrat, and will make Ross Perot look like Ronald Reagan before he finally gets the message to amscray.

    January 9, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. JFD

    I cant help but think that Bloomberg would take away liberal votes from Clinton. It would facilitate a conservative Republican win. Would it not?

    January 9, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. G


    January 9, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Ben

    Microtargeting? Billion dollar ad campaign? Sounds like Romney squared.

    January 9, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. Mary, Michigan

    I know nothing about him or his political views. Listening to talk radio he's the most liberal Republican on earth.

    Isn't he a multi-billionaire?

    January 9, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. Willie

    Bloomberg seems well intentioned yet very naive. I guess he has the money to burn. The Dems and Reps will not let him in.

    January 9, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. Mario

    Bloomberg is a psycho loser!

    January 9, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Go away Michael Bloomberg.

    We do not need or want you for President. Take your money and retire to some third world country like a good little billionaire.

    I can't believe that you are letting this populist nonsense go to your head.

    January 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
1 2 3 4 5