Today, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in a New York Times Op-Ed that he will not run for President (although the story got leaked when he wrote the article yesterday).
Here is an excerpt from “I’m Not Running for President, but …“:
I believe that an independent approach to these issues is essential to governing our nation — and that an independent can win the presidency. I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, but I am not — and will not be — a candidate for president. I have watched this campaign unfold, and I am hopeful that the current campaigns can rise to the challenge by offering truly independent leadership. The most productive role that I can serve is to push them forward, by using the means at my disposal to promote a real and honest debate.
In the weeks and months ahead, I will continue to work to steer the national conversation away from partisanship and toward unity; away from ideology and toward common sense; away from sound bites and toward substance. And while I have always said I am not running for president, the race is too important to sit on the sidelines, and so I have changed my mind in one area. If a candidate takes an independent, nonpartisan approach — and embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy — I’ll join others in helping that candidate win the White House. (read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/28/opinion/28mike.html?_r=1&oref=slogin)
So, he’s not running – I predicted that one a year ago.
Bloomberg talked a lot about non-partisan ideas (although I consider him a Democrat since the only reason he quit their party which he had originally been a member of is because he lost an election running as one).
It looks like good ol’ Ralphy will be the only influential 3rd party candidate this year (no, Ron Paul won’t run either – give it up, he’s done – he needs to focus on retaining his House seat – we’ve already lost Tancredo, I don’t want to lose Paul too).
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