NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bloomberg says there are only two ways he will leave office before his third term ends in 2013.

Death or “total incapacitation,” as he puts it.

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The billionaire mayor has long been rumored to have his eye on other opportunities.

He tested the waters for an independent presidential campaign in 2008 but decided to change term-limits law and seek a third term as mayor instead.

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That year Bloomberg was also mentioned as a vice-presidential pick for both parties. Bloomberg aides and boosters have also enjoyed floating his name as a possibility for various other national jobs.

But the 68-year-old Republican-turned-independent told reporters Wednesday he is pledging to stay put.

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