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. b.t.m.

    Perhaps no person in the last 50 years is in a better position to answer Kennedy's question, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country?" than Michael Bloomberg. Because he need not buy his supporters with a quid pro quo, he will uniquely qualified to do what he thinks is best for the country without being beholden to the vested interests of the power brokers in Washington. He could come to he presidency with fewer strings attached and fewer promises to pay–"if I'm elected" than anyone I can think of. As America slides toward the precipice, he may indeed our last best hope.

    January 10, 2008 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  2. Matt, New York Ny

    If Hillary gets the nomination, that's going to be bad news for America. She'll have a very difficult time winning the nomination and quite frankly I don't think she should. I don't believe in a two family system.

    That being said, if she gets it – Bloomberg should enter and team up with Obama. Either Obama Bloomberg or Bloomberg Obama. Whichever way works would be fine. They would revolutionize the system, pull away votes from the weak republican candidates this year and change politics in this country.

    First of all, let's hope Obama can get the nomination here for the good of the country. We need someone who is totally new, fresh, and actually a great speaker. This country hasn't had a truly inspirational president since Kennedy, and in many ways Obama is even more inspirational. That kind of person has the power to really change the country internally and externally when holding national office.

    January 10, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  3. Matt, New York Ny

    It's also worth noting, very interesting how Edwards has positioned himself in a similar way as last year, waiting for VP position.

    I think Edwards could very well cut a deal with Obama to drop out if he gets the VP nomination. Edwards voters definitely would rather go with Obama than the oh so hated Hillary (especially now with her and Bill's recent attacks on Obama), crying and calling hope a pipe dream.

    At the same time though, I think it'd be nice for Obama not to cave in to Edwards just yet. If he has to, he should, but not yet. I also feel that Edwards will lose a lot of support in the upcoming states now that people realize when you split the vote for change, Hillary wins. Being too picky about your candidate is a recipe for failure. You need to make some kind of compromise, and since Edwards won substantially in Iowa and came in very close to Hillary he's the next in line to do this. Not to mention the fact that he's overall more inspirational and well-liked by Republicans in a national election.

    January 10, 2008 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  4. king A

    I do not thing people in New hampshire had a meeting and decided to vote for Hillary like the media decides to drive the agenda. I think people just went in there and voted their hearts out, hence the results.
    Now, you find out that all the media is trying to do is, explain this voting phenomina too. Guys, it does not work like when it comes to humans. I have never trusted these polls, its rather unfortunate that the media is not allowing people to vote from thier hearts but always try to force the peole to believe their analysis and expect people to vote accordingly. I thing what they should do is come and give thier analysis without trying to drive their agenda and I believe its going to be much better. After all, you just dont creat a sample of people and think it will always represent the majority of peoples ideas.

    One other thing, why is everybody calling Obama black, I just dont get it, this guys is half white and half black. why dont we call him a molato which is how people with mixed races are called instead of labeling him to be black that is not right. What I am trying to say is we have to get beyond this race thing because it is not going to help anybody. I think the guy is identifying with every body because he seems to be above the race thing, so blacks must stop thinking this one of their own and so must whites also stop thinking this is one their own and rather listen to peolpe and see what they have to offer. America, lets grow up.

    January 10, 2008 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  5. Johnny

    get a Clinton/Obama ticket.........and let's run the show for the next 16 years!
    for the rest stop the crap! Bloomberg can go a play some cards with Nader if he likes.

    January 10, 2008 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  6. Nice, Houston, Texas

    If Obama isn't the dem nominee,

    1. the 08 race would have the lowest turnout ever because young voters would tune out, they are already tunning out because of the NH results

    2. Many dems just won't vote
    3. Blomberg would run
    4. Hillary would l
    5 the republicans would be back in the white house

    Hillary with her experience B.S would loss to Mcain

    If the dems want the White house, they should rally around a uniter and winner (Obama), in my opinion its just common sense

    duh, Obama/Biden 08

    January 10, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  7. Anthony Brunello

    To begin, I think CNN and the Morning Show is asking the wrong questions and are too excited about Bloomberg entering the race to consider what a bad choice he would be for President, and that this Independent run is not about fixing the nation. It is about power and influence, especially from unhappy Republicans and conservative independents who see a Democratic victory ahead. In fact, very powerful and monied interests are wrapping themselves in the cloak of bi-partisan/non-partisan moralism to hide their desire to influence the election. CNN should not be asking the public if they think Bloomberg has a chance to win the election. In the end, the public does not know the answer, but they should care about a different question. Should Bloomberg run? Would he be a good President? Would America be better off? The answer to these questions are all an emphatic No. I really don't want to see another billionaire capable of buying votes, upsetting a presidential race that is already rich with decent candidates. In fact, the public is unhappy because the leadership of the Bush Administration and the Republicans has been such a disaster. In addition, it is easy to target where the negative, partisan politics originated in this country. Again, the play book of the Atwater-style attack politics, Gingrich wedge/power politics, Swift Boat deceptions, Karl Rove slash and burn wedge/hate politics came from one great cess pool. Yes–they/we are all to blame and responsible. But let's call a horse a horse. The billionaire Mayor who can't make up his party mind should back off for the good of the country. This does not help, and they should be honest. It is about power–pure and simple, and CNN should not fall in love with the drama of the horse race.

    January 10, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  8. Jack K.


    When the Democratic Party was the underdog–and ran such jokes as John Kerry (much to my dismay) Bloomberg was sticking with the party that would get him into office.

    I question his motives.

    I question is ability.

    I think we'd be stupid to consider him–because he has shown he'll prostitute himself any direction necessary to fulfill his own ambitions and agenda–with little regard for the impact or consequences. His delusions of granduer–are being fed every time the public actually take the time to listen to his "illuminating" ideas.

    We all know there's a political divide–can a wank like him bridge it?

    January 10, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  9. Lynn

    I am STILL going to vote for Ron Paul.

    January 10, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  10. Nancy Lewis

    I am sick of rich white males buying there way into political positions that they want to use for power, ego, and future personal gain. Bush is a great example that turned out just wonderful for the country. Bloomberg and Mitt Romney just continues the trend.

    January 10, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  11. Justin, Houston, TX

    Tom thank you...Bloomberg is going to split the independent vote. Obama cannot win the presidency against McCain, or Guiliani. He looks like a freshman out of college compared to those 2.

    Maybe people will start to wake up. Obama is popular because he's mastered one vocabulary word – change. And people are so ready to blindly follow him into the land of hope where everyone holds hands and sings songs together. Although he's offered no indication at all of how he plans to accomplish his great undertaking. I can just see it now, when the first abortion bill comes up Republicans are just gonna say – Obama wants us to get along so let's allow abortions or let's accept the gays or let's give free money to all the poor. Obama doesn't stand a chance against someone like McCain or Guiliani who are just as likeable. Hmm – Obama, I like him and he's offering a dream or McCain, I like him and he has proven experience. Where do you think all your Indys are gonna run.

    January 10, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. J

    Spoiled rich boy is going to ruin it for everyone. Might as well just re-elect Bush for another fours years (rich ppl are good at changing laws to suit their whims). Better the devil you know....

    January 10, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. Tom, Boston Ma

    Obama / Bloomberg ticket sounds just as good as Obama / Edwards ticket,

    only if Obama is secretely planning to deliver what many of his supporters are secretly hoping he secretely stands for but stops short of publicly articulating for,

    because he knows the "conservative" and "independent" voters who have put bush and his cronies in power will come together again and put another repug in the WH again

    if he clearly and publicly articulates what he secretly believes in.

    pssst. all this is top secret, you people who secretly share my secret knowledge about Obama's secret. now go spread the secret and make sure it stays secret from the dumb voters who we know will flip if they find out about our secret.

    now we have to think about how we're gonna hold Obama up to his secret promise if he fails to deliver our secret agreement once he's in the WH....

    January 10, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. Ray, Collingswood NJ

    This guys is only been the Mayor of NYC??? What makes anyone think he could win or knows what to do? Rudy is not even doing a good job right now and he's from NYC. At least he had to deal with 9/11.

    January 10, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Garrett

    A Bloomberg/Hagel Administration would work wonders for the country – – and bring back bipartisanship.

    January 10, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Tom Good, Bakersfield, California

    Bloomberg is making a mistake if he thinks he has any chance of being paresident at this time. He would be wise to start a new party–Independent Party–and begin a 4 year effort to set the stage for for a 2012 run. We will be ready by then for a change I am sure.

    January 10, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. RB, from the bay state

    Mike, you must be bored.

    Get a hobby or something.

    January 10, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. Mike San Diego

    As a Indpendent/Republican,,,,,Thanks but no thanks....the guy gives me the creeps......

    January 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think people are jumping the gun here a bit. Bloomberg who has a large fortune on his own said that his going to finish his term as mayor of New York City. I don't think people are going to flock to him because he is an independant. I would hope that all voters look at his record as mayor to see what he might do with the rest of the country.

    January 10, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Gus

    go ahead and sit this one out, pal. you're not that popular. please.

    January 10, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Tim, Arkansas

    Being the Mayor of New York isn't helping Guiliani, and it won't help Bloomberg either. Plus money hasn't resulted in Romney winning any races, and it won't help Bloomberg either.

    We've seen enough candidates already. We don't need someone to enter the game this late into the election. Doing that didn't help Thompson, and it won't help Bloomberg either.

    We've seen the candidates campaigning, and we've made up our minds. America wants Obama!!! Bloomberg could better help America by endorsing Obama.

    January 10, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Jerry Calendine

    Outside of Jewish New York, Bloomberg couldn't get elected dogcatcher!

    January 10, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Unhappy

    The country is unified in its disregard for President Bush. It's sadly and grossly divded regarding an alternative to 8 yrs. of Bush. We are eager and hunger for a larger than life hero to step forward who can unify a nation that is starving for positive leadership. This person is not in the field of current candidates from either party. As a non-candidate some had hoped that Fred Thompson might be such a leader, but as a candidate he has shown us nothing. This person is not Michael Bloomberg either.

    Colin Powell is such a person. Regardless of the party he would select, if he entered the race today, he could receive the party's nomination and win the White House. We need Colin Powell.

    January 10, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Marti, FL

    Bloomberg? No thanks.

    He would likely pull more conservative votes, considering he was Rudy’s Republican successor.

    On the Dem side, it exemplifies the need for Hillary and Obama to be on the same ticket to combine their strengths and unify their numbers. Clinton could use her experience, and Obama’s likeability would appeal to many independents, who already appreciate his candidacy.

    January 10, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. mike

    bloomberg is a billionaire who controls the media, why the hell would we want him to run??????

    January 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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