Skip to comments.Bloomberg poised for third-party campaign
Posted on 05/15/2007 7:29:21 AM PDT by Jake The Goose
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is prepared to spend an unprecedented $1 billion of his own $5.5 billion personal fortune for a third-party presidential campaign, personal friends of the mayor tell The Washington Times. "He has set aside $1 billion to go for it," confided a long-time business adviser to the Republican mayor. "The thinking about where it will come from and do we have it is over, and the answer is yes, we can do it." Another personal friend and fellow Republican said in recent days that Mr. Bloomberg, who is a social liberal and fiscal conservative, has "lowered the bar" and upped the ante for a final decision on making a run.
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Most seem to feel that Bloomberg might take votes out of Hillary’s camp.
Maybe that’s a good thing.
There are a lot of Dems who don’t want to vote for Hillary.
If they won’t go GOP - maybe having an indy option isn’t a bad thing?
Given the tone of this thread - Bloomberg hurts Hillary.
I wonder how long before the Clinton camp goes after him?
and.... what will be his reaction to those attacks?
>Most seem to feel that Bloomberg might take votes out of Hillary’s camp.<
Let’s hope most are right.
Whatever the outcome - you have to admit - 08’ is getting more
wild by the minute.
It’s gonna get ugly out there.
Gotta love it - only in America.
Now either this gadfly Ross Perot wannabe is in, or he isn’t.
Chances of cracking the Democratican “code of silence” are somewhere between zip and none, and his chances are about equally as good breaking into the Republican column, despite his nominal party affiliation.
That pretty much leaves third-party, a track that Ross Perot took in 1992 and 1996, thus assuring the election of a plurality candidate.
But are we going to see a choice of New York, New York and (faux) New York?
America is better than that.
Or Kurt Saxon for that matter.
My pleasure. It appears most of the articles we are seeing about Bloomberg were written after TWS put him on the cover, but thats just a guess.
I have 3 concerns about a Bloomberg bid.
1) Bloomberg will claim to be a “social liberal and fiscal conservative”. From what I can tell, Bloomberg isn’t conservative on any level. However, if he claims this he might be able to sway enough disenchanted Libertarians to hurt us in Colorado and other western states that lean GOP/libertarian.
2) If Hagel runs with him, this gives this ticket the appearance of an alternative to Republicans and probably hurts whoever the GOP candidate is.
3) If Rudy does happen to be the GOP nominee, Bloomberg would hurt him in New York.
My husband used to work for Bloomberg, back in the days when he would have an employee picnic at his Connecticutt house. So I’ve shaken his hand a few times - he’s not a preposessing man in person. Even less so on TV or radio, one of the most annoying little gits I’ve seen or heard.
In the north-east, he could draw off the votes of the Weld-Whitman-Specter Republican wing, but in the rest of the country it wold be the Democrats interested if anyone. However, in the rest of the country, he’ll have minimal appeal so it might prove a net loss for Republicans after all.
On the other other hand, the prospect of him shovelling his money down a rabbit hole is pleasant.
You can’t be serious. You act as though you didn’t know that Mike Bloomberg was another Rudy Giuliani. Mike and Rudy are both liberals who came out of the political sewers that are NYC liberal politics. Both men are lowlife skunks.
You’ll try anything to get liberals promoted around this forum. ANYTHING! LOL
Anything for hillary.
And hurting Rudy is what it will all be about.... If he runs, I don’t care what he says about his own money.. I see DNC/Clinton operatives all over this one.
A fiscal conservative?! Hasn’t he raised the local NYC tax? He’s a typical Nanny-state liberal, no smoking in bars and restaurants, no trans fat can be used in NYC restaurants.
I don’t know how anyone could say he’s pro-business.
Republican conservatives seem to have no choice but to register as a Democrat so we can elect the least oppressive Democrat.
Bloomberg is far more liberal than Rudy Giuliani. He was a successful businessman and moneymaker (Bloomberg financial network, a pioneer in putting financial information on-line for brokers and financial institutions) but lacks Giuliani’s political skills.
His chief accomplishment as mayor was to ban smoking in restaurants and bars.
He was originally a Democrat, but ran as a liberal Republican when, I presume, the Democrats wouldn’t take him as their candidate. Basically, he bought the election with his money, and he may hope to do the same thing again on the national level.
As I recall, John Anderson’s independent campaign hurt the Democrats more than the Republicans, his intended target. If Bloomberg runs, it will be because he has a massive ego and thinks money can buy anything. If nothing else, it would buy him a lot of national exposure and fame in the news media.
I agree, but what if the Rat nominee is Edwards or Obama? I can see him drawing votes from Edwards, possibly, but not from Obama. However, if Obama is the Rat nominee, even McPain could win the election, with or without Bloomie in the race.
I "third party" vote is a wasted vote and will only help elect a dim!