April 10th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Bloomberg: McCain got me elected

BROOKLYN, New York (CNN) – Introducing John McCain before his economic speech and roundtable in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the Arizona senator for showing him the ropes when he ran for mayor in 2001 - and credited his victory to the presumptive Republican nominee.

“I got elected because of you,” Bloomberg told McCain. “So if the people of New York are happy, they should say thank you to you.”

The mayor joked that his “good friend” burned ribs on the barbecue during a visit to McCain’s ranch in Arizona, though, “I will say it’s relatively small to be called a ranch.”

The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent mayor showered McCain with compliments. “No matter what your political affiliation or your views are, [McCain] really deserves to have the term hero attached to his name,” said Bloomberg, calling the senator “nothing if not forthright.”

Bloomberg did make it known what he expected of McCain: “the measure I think we ought to apply in judging candidates is are they candid? Do they offer concrete solutions to our most difficult problems? And that’s what we’ll be looking for today.”

Without pointing to any one candidate, Bloomberg argued, “we need strong leadership, we needed it after 9/11 and I think we need it even more today than ever before.”

Filed under: John McCcain • Michael Bloomberg
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Tom,des moines

    Hussein Obama will not beat McCain period. If he were the nominee? Why? Because Hussein obama can only win in CA,NV,MN,IA,IL,WI,CT,VT,MA,ME,WA,OR,HI,PR,GU,DE and that is way too short of 270 electoral college vote in order to win the presidency.

    April 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. John Smith

    Although not possible, as soon as Hillary starts to gain in the polls, it will excite the Republican base enough for us to begin to see their war machines. There are many Repulicans who are praying to have the chance to "get back at the Clintons directly." Indirectly, they got both Gore and Kerry for the sins of the Clintons, now they want to draw blood and they are waiting for the dems to be dumb again!

    April 10, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Conservative

    McCain is causing the financial destruction of our social programs, but wanting amnesty

    April 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. Val

    Wow! That's great – sounds like Bloomberg is on McCain's side. You never know – New York maybe voting for McCain come general election. Another state that will be turning red in November. WAY TO GO SEN. MCCAIN!

    McCain / Romney 08!

    April 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Hillary and Barack are "Lawyers" so everyone knows they have no integrity only "lawyer truth". Bloomberg is right about McCain having integrity, even more integrity than both the democratic candidates do together!

    April 10, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Bayou Joe

    Hillary is not available. Her campaign was sabotaged. McCain is our only option Brother. Yes, Bill Richardson is a traitor to the Democrats in New Mexico that voted for HIllary and to the Hispanic community nationwide.

    April 10, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |

    Mayor Bloomberg, who cares if you are a traitor to your party.
    Free BBQ with the cronies. Any trips around the world?????
    with taxpayers dollars.

    Obama will be getting an endorsement very, very soon from
    the Great Mr. Colin Powell.

    Bloomberg is wrong. America craves the truth. And it ain't Hillary.
    Obama tells us the truth.

    April 10, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |

    Mr. Bloomberg, Did you change parties before you won the
    Mayer of N.Y. position? Did Guiliani talk you into changing parties?
    I forgot.

    April 10, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |

    Wait a minute!!! Invite to the cronie BBQ? McCain has big plans for
    you Mr. Bloomberg but not when he loses. Hope N.Y. votes out
    Hillary and Bloomberg. when the time comes and Bloomberg or
    Hillary won't have anywhere in politics to go, I hope.

    April 10, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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