Bloomberg not interested in White House bid

02/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially quashed any thoughts of his running as an Independent candidate for president by announcing he won’t run in the op-ed pages of today's New York Times.

In the piece, Bloomberg, originally a Democrat who switched his affiliation to Republican in order to have a chance to be mayor in 2001, and then last year made a high profile announcement that he was switching to Independent, wrote: “I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, but I am not - and will not be - a candidate for president."

Bloomberg has spent months traveling around the country, at times blasting the major party candidates for not tackling the important issues of the day, from health care to the war in Iraq.

Some aides said the billionaire was poised to spend as much as $1-billion on a self-financed campaign as they began laying the groundwork to get his name on the ballot in all 50 states. He did spend more than $150-million on his two races for mayor.

Doug Schoen is a longtime political consultant based in New York City. His recently published book, Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System could almost be considered a term paper on why Bloomberg should run for President. WMNF spoke with him today.

We’ll hear more from Doug Schoen on an upcoming broadcast.

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