Bloomberg: Independent President A Good Idea

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent who has considered running for president, declared Monday that an independent has a better chance at succeeding in the White House than a Republican or a Democrat.

The billionaire Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent mayor toyed with a third-party run in 2008 but ultimately abandoned the idea. He has said unequivocally he won’t run in 2012, but during a forum at Harvard University on Monday he endorsed the idea of an independent in the White House.

“I think actually a third-party candidate could run the government easier than a partisan political president because the partisan political president — yeah he’s got half the votes, but he can’t get the others — whereas the guy in the middle may very well be able to get enough across the aisle,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor, who founded the financial information company Bloomberg LP and whose fortune is estimated at $18 billion by Forbes magazine, is considered a potential, if long shot, candidate in 2012. He can afford to wait until well into the election year before he has to decide whether to run, largely because he doesn’t have to raise money.

It also serves Bloomberg well to keep the door open and buzz alive because it sustains an air of mystery around him and makes him a relevant national figure well into the later years of his third term as the head of the nation’s biggest city.

When asked during the forum Monday whether he would run, Bloomberg said he will not. He said he asked the New York City voters who elected him in 2009 for another four years, adding that he is “sort of inclined” to fulfill that promise.

He said, though, he believes there will be a point at which “the public gets so upset that they say, ‘I’m going to pick the third party.'”

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. HS says:

    I would love an independent or 3rd party pres…..maybe then would could actually get some change.

  2. stan says:

    why not he is nice president, stop beeing rasist, May god bless his as president to

  3. pat says:

    You know a Fat, redheaded prostitute would do this guy a world of good. It will clean him right out.

  4. nana says:

    no, I would not like bloomberg to run for president ! America remember what he said when we rallied against the cordoba house near ground zero “New Yorkers need to move on” no consideration for our feelings, no regards for our lost ones, he is not for the American rights, we all worship in all five boroughs for our loss no one has even thought to built a worship house near our sacred ground only the muslims. though there are over a hundred mosque in Manhattan, where they can worship at any one of them , but this mosque has a meaning to them and that is their conquer over us, his remarks will never be forgotten.

  5. NATTY DREAD says:

    ARE YOU PEOPLE SERIOUS??? WE NEED A DICTATOR AS PRESIDENT?? THIS IMP HAS THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY CLOGGED, TRAFFIC AGENTS CHASING PEOPLE DOWN LIKE DOGS AND IS TRYING TO REMOVE SALT AND SUGAR FROM OUR FOOD?? WHAT’S NEXT FROM THIS JERK? WEIGH IN’S AT THE SUBWAY SO OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE HAVE TO WALK? THEN HE CHANGES THE LAW TO SUIT HIMSELF AND NOW WANTS TO CHANGE IT BACK AND LIMIT THE NEXT MAYOR? ALL HAIL THE KING! PLEASE GO AWAY, FAR AWAY!!!!!!!

  6. Go AWAY BLOOMBERG says:

    Another white rich man who just wants more power and no interest in helping his fellow man…all about ME!ME!ME!

  7. al says:

    Please don’t compare him to Hitler. In fact, we must stop comparing people to Hitler. Unless a political leader actually calls for the mass-extermination of an entire race of people, he/she is not behaving like Hitler. So stop it.

    1. Nick says:

      Let’s see:

      Bloomberg and Hitler both unilaterally broke the law on term limits and extended their terms due to an “emergency”.

      Bloomberg and Hitler both like to dictate what healthy activity or food the peons need to to. Hitler was a vegetarian too.

      Bloomberg and Hitler both hates it when civilians are allowed to own guns. Gee, I wonder why they both like a helpless citizenry.

      Bloomberg and Hitler both use “emergencies” to increase their special police’s powers.

      Bloomberg and Hitler people both wear monochrome colored shirts in a uniform manner.

      Nope. You’re right. There is absolutely nothing common between Bloomberg and Hitler.

      I wonder what “emergency” will occur for Bloomberg to break the term limit on the Presidency?

  8. SICKOFBLOOMBERG says:

    SOMEBODY SHUT THIS HITLER WANNABE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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