February 28th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton weighs in on Bloomberg's non-bid

 Clinton campaigned in Ohio Thursday.

Clinton campaigned in Ohio Thursday.

HANGING ROCK, Ohio (CNN) - With Michael Bloomberg's presidential bid now officially over before it ever really started, Hillary Clinton won't face the prospect of competing against a fellow New Yorker this fall if she wins the democratic nomination.

At a press conference in Ohio, she weighed in on Bloomberg's decision, which he made public in Thursday's edition of the New York Times.

"I have the highest regard for mayor Bloomberg," Clinton said when asked about his decision. "I have worked with him on many issues affecting New York. This is such a personal decision as I can attest to. There are lots of reasons why people decide either to run or not to run, and I respect his reaching his own decision."

Clinton said she looked forward to working with Bloomberg for the "next couple of years."

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

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    February 28, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |

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    February 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. JohnS

    Does it really mattI guess I just have to keep posting these factual info to piss off the Hillary bloggers who are censuring such a free speech

    Now, it really does not matter; Hillary can win ALL the next races and will not get the nomination!!! Recall that the Dems ALWAYS SPLIT the votes. So, one would need to win (a) with large numbers, not just win or (b) win many states, as Obama has done to stay ahead.

    So, this process is only creating a mess for the Dems as the Republicans UNITE and find their footings. So, go ahead and give your votes to Hillary, drag this on, and let us wait for the outcome– a total mess.

    Hillary has NO chance whatsoever of overcoming the odds against her. She started as the frontrunner with all superdelegates, and all the Dems can say is "firewall" states for Hillary to stay in the race– for what? I guess bigger states like CA and NY did not help all that much either!!!er, this late in the game?

    February 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |


    February 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. d

    Obama and Bloomberg should team up!!!

    February 28, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Ben from D.C.

    Not newsworthy, Clinton News Network...

    February 28, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. MIwatch

    Obama as the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee didn't do what he supposed to do to protect the Americans showed that he is inexperience. With the authority given he failed to act, showed that he is a great talker but don't know how to work – This shows the real his weakness of lack of experience.

    Too risky to hand him the whole nation.

    February 28, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Helen

    I am so sorry to hear the Bloomberg has chosen to not seek the presidency. That means that I will have to vote Republican if Obama is nominated as the candidate for the Democratic Party.

    February 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. An Agnostic Democrat

    Is she going to claim his "experience" as part of her "35 years" because she happens to be a serving senator at the same time he is mayor?

    What ever happened to all those jobs you promised, Hillary? I guess NAFTA just kind of got in the way of that one, heh? Oh that's right!You "planned" on Al Gore being president. Next lame excuse? You can't lie any better now than you did when you were First Lady.

    February 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Lloyd Hansen

    Clinton's just happy she won't have to face him as an independent in the general election (if she gets there). Heck, she may tap him to be her VP if she loses the Democratic nomination and runs as an independent. Now that would take the wind out of Obama's sails.

    February 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Kenisha

    "I lokk forward to working with bloomberg for the next couple of years"? Does this means she has conceded defaet to Obama and is going back to New York?

    Kenisha, Kingston

    February 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. R

    I think he is changing his mind about this. Didn't he say that he agrees that there should be plans, and agreement before meeting them?

    February 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. ed

    There are numerous typos in this article. I also like the quoted part at the end...CNN making it look like Hillary is conceding. When will CNN ever stop the Hillary bashing....

    February 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Ron

    And the march goes on but she said I look forward to working with you for the next couple of years .Does this mean she thinks she wont win the nomination for president.Maybe theres somthing there.Stay tuned for the next episode of Hillary goes to Washington

    February 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. HH

    Obama should consider Bloomberg as running mate if nominated.

    February 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. California Independent

    She should have taken that approach at Nader entering the race. Her and Obama came off looking arrogant with regards to Nader.

    February 28, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. mariposa for life

    She probably breathed a huge sigh of relief! She already has one candidate she can't beat, better not make it two.

    I'm glad that she looks forward to working with Major Bloomberg for the "next couple of years"... in the senate!

    February 28, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. lessBS

    POINTLESS: non-bid should = END OF STORY.

    We get PLENTY of opinions, CNN, can we get back to fact-finding? You know...NEWS....

    Stuff like Obama saying "Al Qaeda was NOT in Iraq prior to our invasion". HOW HAS THAT STORY NOT EXPLODED ONTO THE SCENE TODAY? Has the media been told to move on?

    But to play along and return to subject at hand: you spelled Bloomberg right 4 out of 5 times anyway.

    February 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Bob

    What's the deal with people being in love with mayors of New York City, anyway? I mean, geeze, there ARE other cities in the world.

    February 28, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Wilhemina

    Obama & Bloomberg ticket, "Yes We Can"

    February 28, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Mothers in Ohio For Obama - MOFO

    In other words... "WHEW, THAT WAS CLOSE!" What a phony!

    OBAMA '08

    February 28, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. R

    lol @ my previous post.

    anywho i think Bloomberg isn't running because he realize he will not win. I'm sure he really was trying to get this done

    February 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |

    Has anyone else heard a rumor that if Obama fails to get the Democratic Nomination that Bloomberg intends to fund him as an independent?...

    February 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. david

    It’s the media and pundits like to dance on top of her grave made the damage-!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shame on you!!!!!!!!!!! There are fools buy anything from media – SHAME on you both !!!!!!!!! go back to Britney spears, she is got discharged from hospital if you happened to forgot her or go back to some Hollywood stupid story , the fools paying attention need some change too

    February 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Lisa in Cincy

    Hillary should follow his lead!

    February 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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