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Bloomberg Leaves Republican Party (Breaking)
WCBS-TV | 06/19/07 | WCBS-TV New york

Posted on 06/19/2007 3:13:48 PM PDT by StatenIsland

Mayor Michael Bloonberg has announced that he is leaving the Republican Party, and will continue his Mayoralty as an Independent.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bloomberg; goodriddance; nycmayor; rino; surprisesurprise; unity08; whodathunkit
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To: So Cal Rocket

No sir. He will only get left wing votes.


101 posted on 06/19/2007 3:34:01 PM PDT by pissant
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To: StatenIsland

Ever since 1981, there’s been a Bush or a Clinton in the Executive branch.


102 posted on 06/19/2007 3:34:08 PM PDT by H.Akston (Conservatives are frugal with the public's resources.)
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To: So Cal Rocket
He’s going to be the Ross Perot of 2008, giving us a Clinton Presidency.

I doubt that. He would more likley pull more from Hillary than from the Republicans

103 posted on 06/19/2007 3:34:32 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: So Cal Rocket
>He’s going to be the Ross Perot of 2008, giving us a Clinton Presidency

He's an intriguing
guy. Deep business background and
cool in a crisis--

flies high performance
private planes. But most people
don't know his background

and judge him only
on that he looks like a RAT
and sounds like a WUSS.

He's not like Perot,
doesn't do gung-ho speeches.
Won't be a factor

I do not believe
in splitting any party
to any degree.

104 posted on 06/19/2007 3:34:35 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: StatenIsland

Good! There are too many RINOS in the Republican party anyway. I hope the rest of them follow his lead.


105 posted on 06/19/2007 3:34:45 PM PDT by Kellykoop (All you need to start an asylum is an empty room and the right kind of people.)
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To: livius
Rich people in the US all immediately turn into Socialists if not downright Marxists. I’ve never understood why this is the case.

There comes a point where your wealth gives you access to, and influence over, governmental officials, who you can persuade to do things to help you and hurt your competition. Once you are at that point, it is to your advantage to promote more government, as you figure that will give you more leverage over competitors who don't have the same level of access

106 posted on 06/19/2007 3:34:55 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Open Season rocks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymLJz3N8ayI)
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To: pissant

Oh please raise my taxes, erase our borders and take my guns mr. politician metro man!!!!!


107 posted on 06/19/2007 3:35:02 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: socal_parrot

Bloomberg never was a Republican. He only changed from dem to republican when he ran for mayor and knew he would not get elected as democrat


108 posted on 06/19/2007 3:35:04 PM PDT by Kaslin (Fred Thompson for President 2008)
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To: So Cal Rocket
He’s going to be the Ross Perot of 2008, giving us a Clinton Presidency.

I think he'll hurt Hillary more. He's probably going to take the NY voters away from her. They like Bloomy. Hopefully that's how it works. The NRA, GOA and all other gun groups will come out against him. He'll find out just how wrong his anti gun campaign is. He doesn't have a chance!

109 posted on 06/19/2007 3:35:08 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: samadams2000

Could be Rudy you’re talking about.


110 posted on 06/19/2007 3:35:46 PM PDT by pissant
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To: StatenIsland
Link and statement:

Bloomberg Leaving GOP Move Could Signal Presidential Run

CBS) NEW YORK CBS 2 HD has learned New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving the Republican party and has announced he is currently unaffiliated with a political party.

The move will clearly begin advancing rumors that the mayor is gearing towards a presidential run, which he has denied in the past.

In a statement, however, Bloomberg indicated this doesn't change his plans for his political future.

"I have filed papers with the New York City Board of Elections to change my status as a voter and register as unaffiliated with any political party. Although my plans for the future haven’t changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our City."

On Tuesday, Bloomberg was in California attending a conference at the University of Southern California along with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The pair appeared on this week's cover of Time magazine.

In his statement, Bloomberg went on to discuss his progress leading New York City.

“A nonpartisan approach has worked wonders in New York: we’ve balanced budgets, grown our economy, improved public health, reformed the school system and made the nation’s safest city even safer.

“We have achieved real progress by overcoming the partisanship that too often puts narrow interests above the common good. As a political independent, I will continue to work with those in all political parties to find common ground, to put partisanship aside and to achieve real solutions to the challenges we face.

“Any successful elected executive knows that real results are more important than partisan battles and that good ideas should take precedence over rigid adherence to any particular political ideology. Working together, there’s no limit to what we can do.”

_____________________________________________________________________________

Gun grabbing Liberal putz.


111 posted on 06/19/2007 3:35:52 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: socal_parrot

If Bloomie could join the party I think anyone can. I think you could be an out and out communist and still join up. The party needs to have some standards so idiots like this don’t use the party like it has been.


112 posted on 06/19/2007 3:35:59 PM PDT by xp38
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To: VR-21

I personally see him having greater impact on liberals/democrats. With regard to the GOP, it’s a cleaner, more healthy, and better smelling place without him. He really sucked nickels too.


113 posted on 06/19/2007 3:36:18 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: StatenIsland
Precursor to an independent White House run?

Bingo .... he's going to try to throw the race to the Democrats.

114 posted on 06/19/2007 3:36:33 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Killing all of your enemies without mercy is the only sure way of sleeping soundly at night.)
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To: VR-21

bttt


115 posted on 06/19/2007 3:36:38 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Kaslin

He has to know he’s thought of as a worm by most Americans!? But then again previous worms didnt.


116 posted on 06/19/2007 3:37:07 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Mister Politics

If Bloomberg runs, he might take more Dem votes than Republican.


117 posted on 06/19/2007 3:37:28 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: samadams2000

Now WORMS have a voice in the process!!!


118 posted on 06/19/2007 3:37:37 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Gene Eric

“He’ll hurt the Left more than the Right.”

Yes indeed.


119 posted on 06/19/2007 3:38:03 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.)
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To: mtnwmn
but I’m no expert.

Doesn't matter, there are lots of them here.

It's refreshing to read the opinion of someone who isn't.

120 posted on 06/19/2007 3:38:03 PM PDT by ASA Vet (NO More RINO's)
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To: StatenIsland
Bloomberg has made the late radical liberal NYC Mayor, John Lindsay, seem conservative by comparison.

I believe a Bloomberg campaign for POTUS would be favorable to the center-right coalition, because he would draw from the looney left. Nutroots and other fellow travelers would swoon over a Bloomberg candidacy.

121 posted on 06/19/2007 3:38:21 PM PDT by AdvisorB (May God Bless the Osborne family.)
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To: samadams2000

GunGrabber Party


122 posted on 06/19/2007 3:38:35 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: StatenIsland
Mayor Michael Bloonberg has announced that he is leaving the Republican Party, and will continue his Mayoralty as an Independent.

McCain/Bloomberg or Hagel/Bloomberg. Watch it happen.

123 posted on 06/19/2007 3:39:09 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: MeanWestTexan
You sound like a communist.

Since when is being rich a bad thing in a capitalist country?


You apparently can't comprehend English.

I posted: Maybe he will take the big-business country-club Republicans with him.

Why is that communist? Either you don't understand what communism is or you have an affinity for free speech -- and that sounds rather communist -- if you want to do namecalling.


124 posted on 06/19/2007 3:39:43 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: StatenIsland

The first initial gasp was because people didn’t know he WAS a republican....


125 posted on 06/19/2007 3:39:59 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man
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To: kjo
Let him run for President how is he gonna get on state ballots as an independent? Perot had grass roots support, this guy has none.

Bloomberg has money and he's not scare to use it.

126 posted on 06/19/2007 3:40:22 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: ASA Vet

LOL


127 posted on 06/19/2007 3:40:34 PM PDT by mtnwmn (mtnwmn)
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To: SuziQ

“Wasn’t Bloomie a Democrat before he went to the Republican party?”

Yes, of course. He looked at a too crowded Dem field, registered as a Repub (who had nobody to run), and paid for the campaign himself. NO local party machine, Repub or Dem, will EVER turn down an offer from a man who wants to finance his own campaign.

In local politics, money talks, policy walks.


128 posted on 06/19/2007 3:40:45 PM PDT by StatenIsland
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To: xp38
Not to be outdone, Sen Trent Lott announced today he intends to not only re-join the GOP, but to grow a spine.

"I've decided to become a Hispanic Au Pair."

129 posted on 06/19/2007 3:40:58 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: r9etb

I agree he will siphon more votes from Hillary as Bloomberg was NEVER a Republican — only ran as a Republican to win the Mayor’s race.

Glad to see him leave!


130 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:08 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( Inhofe for Senate 08 -- Broken Glass Republican -- vote out the RATs in 2008)
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To: StatenIsland
Bloomberg Leaves Republican Party (Breaking)

Precursor to an independent White House run?

Or just being a media whore drama queen ? Look at me! Look at me! Over here! I'm more important and rich than Paris!

131 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:10 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (WHERE'S THE FENCE ? KILL BILL - II !! Vote Conservative. Vote Duncan Hunter - 2008)
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To: StatenIsland
I don't know why this is news. That moron was never a Republican to begin with.

Here's hoping that Rudy Giuliani does a similar honest assessment of his political views and pursues the same course of action.

132 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:20 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: ModelBreaker

He should fear...ARKANCIDE!


133 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:36 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: So Cal Rocket

“He’s going to be the Ross Perot of 2008, giving us a Clinton Presidency.”

Actually, I think Bloomberg would be the “anti-Perot”, pulling more votes from Clinton than the Republican nominee and thus keeping the Clintons from regaining the WH.


134 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:49 PM PDT by My GOP (Conservatives are pragmatic and realistic!!!)
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To: DBrow
That depends on what topics he campaigns on. If he hits the correct Republican notes, he can siphon votes. That’s just what Perot did- a careful triangulation of several hot buttons for Republicans and poison pills for Democrats, and Billy Jeff won with 48% (or something) of the vote.

But look at the hot buttons he's actually hitting: gun control, same-sex marriage, and abortion -- for all of them, he takes the Democrat line.

Moreover, Bloomberg is actually from New York; he's an ACTUAL northeasterner -- as such, he could well tie up a lot of the Eastern Seaboard's Democrat votes.

And we cannot forget the most important of all: he is not Hillary Clinton.

At the same time, Bloomberg is not much of a threat to take Republican votes -- each of those same hot-button issues turns off large groups of R voters.

135 posted on 06/19/2007 3:42:22 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: StatenIsland

Yawn. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Yawn.


136 posted on 06/19/2007 3:42:28 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: StatenIsland
Did he join the billionaire's party?
137 posted on 06/19/2007 3:42:31 PM PDT by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: StatenIsland

Good...he is worthless.


138 posted on 06/19/2007 3:43:19 PM PDT by wardaddy (on supervised release...btw....I know Trent Lott and he sucks......)
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To: StatenIsland

Good. He only joined the GOP after he couldn’t get the Dem nomination.


139 posted on 06/19/2007 3:43:48 PM PDT by sappy
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To: StatenIsland
Not Independent. Unaffiliated.

Is that a distinction without a difference in New York? In MA, unaffiliated voters used to be called Independent, but a third-party called itself the Independent Party (I forget when) and once got 3% or whatever of the vote -- enough for permanent ballot standing. So now the unaffiliated are officially Unenrolled. A friend of mine -- a lifelong real independent immediately registered as a Dem because "unenrolled" sounded too much as if it meant "unregistered."

140 posted on 06/19/2007 3:43:50 PM PDT by maryz
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To: Glenn

Good riddance. Who needs that pinko anyhow. The GOPs got enough of a RINO infestation.


141 posted on 06/19/2007 3:44:40 PM PDT by roamincadillac (Quick! Shoot it before it tries to take your gun away!)
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To: BurbankKarl

Yes and he got his butt nun out of Virginia by he state governor for meddling in their gun affairs.


142 posted on 06/19/2007 3:45:19 PM PDT by Plains Drifter (If guns kill people, wouldn't there be a lot of dead people at gun shows?)
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To: StatenIsland
He was a Republican? That's news!
143 posted on 06/19/2007 3:45:46 PM PDT by Redcloak (The 2nd Amendment isn't about sporting goods.)
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To: StatenIsland

Like he was EVER a Republican!!! he’s a LIMOUSINE LIBERAL!!


144 posted on 06/19/2007 3:47:05 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: StatenIsland

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


145 posted on 06/19/2007 3:47:08 PM PDT by Agent Smith (Fallujah delenda est. (I wish))
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To: SkyPilot

OMG, LOL!


146 posted on 06/19/2007 3:47:13 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: StatenIsland
BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

Like he ever WAS a friggin' Republican. Good God. See ya later, MIKEY.

147 posted on 06/19/2007 3:48:02 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: StatenIsland

This loser is under some illusion that most Americans know or care who he is.

There is more to America than NY City.

And all his billions might buy him .08% of the vote.

He hurts Hillary in NY.


148 posted on 06/19/2007 3:48:25 PM PDT by JRochelle (Trent Lott is an *ss, and the voters are going to have to deal with that problem.)
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To: pissant

I predict he will have less than a Nader-like impact on the election. Outside of a few siphoned lib votes from NY, NJ not enough to flip those states to the GOP column. He is a tempest in a teapot concerning the election....IMHO.


149 posted on 06/19/2007 3:48:41 PM PDT by tflabo (<p>)
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To: tflabo

Well, he might be able to take some of the liberal, jewish Florida voters and that would certainly help us.


150 posted on 06/19/2007 3:50:29 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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