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Bloomberg no longer a Republican
yahoo.com ^ | Jun 19, 2007 | SARA KUGLER

Posted on 06/19/2007 3:40:02 PM PDT by neverdem

Associated Press

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party on Tuesday and switched to unaffiliated, a move certain to be seen as a prelude to an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race.

The billionaire former CEO, who was a lifelong Democrat before he switched to the Republican Party in 2001 for his first mayoral run, said the change in his voter registration does not mean he is running for president.

"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," Bloomberg said.

The 65-year-old mayor has increasingly been the subject of speculation that he will run as an independent in 2008, despite his repeated promises to leave politics after the end of his term in 2009. He has fueled the buzz with increasing out-of-state travel, a greater focus on national issues and repeated criticism of the partisan politics that dominate Washington.

This is a breaking news update. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party on Tuesday and switched to unaffiliated, a move certain to be seen as a prelude to an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race.

The billionaire former CEO, who was a lifelong Democrat before he switched to the Republican Party in 2001 for his first mayoral run, said the change in his voter registration does not mean he is running for president.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: New York
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1 posted on 06/19/2007 3:40:04 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

May every RINO in the nation follow his lead!


2 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:15 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: neverdem

Bloomberg “no longer” a Republican. How perfectly delightful! Now the people of NYC can sleep at night.


3 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:22 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: neverdem

Bloomberg no longer a Republican

he never was!!!!!!


4 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:37 PM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: neverdem

yikes..now what will be hillary’s plan for Bloomberg ?


5 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:38 PM PDT by stylin19a (Since bad golf shots come in groups of 3, a 4th bad shot is the start of the next group of 3)
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To: neverdem; Admin Moderator

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6 posted on 06/19/2007 3:41:58 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: sarasmom

Why would a RINO follow him though when RINOs totally dominate this party? Heck, even “Vacant” Trent Lott is really a RINO too.


7 posted on 06/19/2007 3:42:25 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: neverdem

I pray that he pulls a Nader and runs for President as an independent.


8 posted on 06/19/2007 3:43:12 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: neverdem

Was he ever?


9 posted on 06/19/2007 3:43:48 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: stylin19a
yikes..now what will be hillary’s plan for Bloomberg ?

Bloomberg will have to sleep with his eyes open.

10 posted on 06/19/2007 3:44:10 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: nyyankeefan

So weird that he would lie to his constituency.?.?


11 posted on 06/19/2007 3:44:21 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: neverdem

RINO Comes out of Closet

Bloomberg will run as an independent for President, perhaps as an act of vanity, or maybe frustration once the GOP nominates a conservative. He has the Midget Jewish Millionaire vote all locked up.
12 posted on 06/19/2007 3:44:22 PM PDT by WOSG (Stop Z-visa amnesty!! Call the Senators, tell them to vote "NO": 202-224-3121, 1-866-340-9281)
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To: neverdem
Hitler no longer a Catholic.

Stalin no longer a lover of freedom.

Pol Pot no longer a lover of his fellow men.

13 posted on 06/19/2007 3:44:28 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Theodore R.

How much is Bloomberg going to pay them to sleep at night?


14 posted on 06/19/2007 3:45:28 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis ~ No Amnesty for Incumbents * WAHOO WA! ... UVA2009 * Fred Dalton Thompson 2008)
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To: neverdem

Another switch by a Mayor of New York. Bloomberg was not even an RINO, he was a liberal without a cloth coat.


15 posted on 06/19/2007 3:45:39 PM PDT by gpapa
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To: stylin19a

Hillary has asked for a meeting with Bloomberg to show him her friends program otherwise known as the Vincent Foster amnesty.

Once forgiven, you’ll never need forgiving again.


16 posted on 06/19/2007 3:47:24 PM PDT by romanesq
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To: neverdem

>>>Bloomberg no longer a Republican<<<

When was he????


17 posted on 06/19/2007 3:47:36 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Tagline space for rent. Enquire within.)
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To: neverdem
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party on Tuesday...

And just when was Bloomberg ever really a Republican?
18 posted on 06/19/2007 3:47:40 PM PDT by rottndog (This Tagline currently closed for maintenance and rehabilitation.)
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To: neverdem

So what is he pretending to be now?


19 posted on 06/19/2007 3:48:40 PM PDT by M203M4 (Vote Fruity Giuliani or the terrists will win! Abortion & gun control = price for freedumb!)
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To: John Jorsett

This move pretty much indicates that Bloomberg is in fact thinking to do just that.

It didn’t matter if he was only interested in being mayor of New York. But although he’s done a good job overall, his liberal nanny state approach to life is something he can’t seem to suppress.

At the end of the day, he’s what we call an Upper East Side elitist. These are the types who have all the answers, know what’s best for you and don’t let the peons get in their way.


20 posted on 06/19/2007 3:49:27 PM PDT by romanesq
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To: nyyankeefan

Beat me by 3 minutes !!!!!


21 posted on 06/19/2007 3:49:54 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: rottndog

“New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party on Tuesday...”

....only to find out no one cared.....


22 posted on 06/19/2007 3:50:01 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Remember Billy Dale!!!)
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To: nyyankeefan

Beat me by 3 minutes !!!!!


23 posted on 06/19/2007 3:50:01 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: rottndog

“New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party on Tuesday...”

....only to find out no one cared.....


24 posted on 06/19/2007 3:50:10 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Remember Billy Dale!!!)
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To: neverdem

25 posted on 06/19/2007 3:50:23 PM PDT by xcamel ("It's Thompson Time!")
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To: neverdem

At least he finally came out of the closet.


26 posted on 06/19/2007 3:51:05 PM PDT by navyguy (We don't need more youth. What we need is a fountain of SMART.)
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To: neverdem

Just saw this on Drudge. Pop the champagne, give him a swift kick out the door as he exits, and urge him to run for president. The dems will love him. My suggestion as running mate: Maria Kennedy Shriver. Then Arnold and Michael will tour the states arm in arm, picking up the Kennedy Democrats and the RINO’s, paving the way for the FredNewt team, or any combination of the real good guys.


27 posted on 06/19/2007 3:51:51 PM PDT by KingLiberty (As 12th Imam I declare 'Give me liberty or give me. . . twins would be nice.')
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To: neverdem

So he came out of the closet?


28 posted on 06/19/2007 3:52:08 PM PDT by ears_to_hear
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To: neverdem
Bloomberg no longer a Republican

He never was a Republican. He changed parties prior to the NYC Mayorial election, to follow in Rudy's footsteps.

My hope is that this isn't another Perot, that takes votes from the Republican candidate.

Guess here, is that he will hurt his Democrat base and take votes from the Dummy candidate.!

29 posted on 06/19/2007 3:52:42 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Soon to be Fredbacker1)
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To: navyguy

What will, of course, be hysterical is when Bloomberg does some early polling and finds out all the conservative Dems are with Fred and all the liberal Repubs are with Rudy.

Which I guess leaves Bloomie the less deranged members of Daily Kos.

Time to grab the popcorn.


30 posted on 06/19/2007 3:52:57 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Remember Billy Dale!!!)
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To: neverdem
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...and don't let the door hit you in your fat a**!

31 posted on 06/19/2007 3:53:21 PM PDT by AdvisorB (Shia fanaticism with its sunni sycophants is on the rise in the Middle East.)
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To: neverdem

Billionaire turd.


32 posted on 06/19/2007 3:53:32 PM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: KingLiberty

Now only if Ahnold will do us CA repubs a favor and leave the party....

Oh how I wish the state GOP would kick him out first.


33 posted on 06/19/2007 3:53:41 PM PDT by rottndog (This Tagline currently closed for maintenance and rehabilitation.)
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To: neverdem
Bloomberg only ran for NYC Mayor as a Republican because the Democrat primary slots were all filled up.

If you recall, Democrats were running Andrew Cuomo (Bill Clinton's HUD Secretary) and Carl McCall. Seeing this, Bloomberg ran as a Republican instead. When the Clinton's ultimately endorsed McCall (an African-American), Cuomo dropped out and McCall lost to Bloomberg.

It's no wonder that Bloomberg is returning to his roots, now that he doesn't need his GOP credentials anymore.

-PJ

34 posted on 06/19/2007 3:54:17 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: neverdem
He and HitLiary are in ca-hoots. He will split the Republican vote like Perot getting HitLiary elected and then she will name him her Veep as she can't have Obama as her Veep, you know.
35 posted on 06/19/2007 3:54:43 PM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: KingLiberty

Careful for what you wish for

I do not want my guns confiscated


36 posted on 06/19/2007 3:55:48 PM PDT by slapshot (""USAF- when you absolutely, positively need it delivered on target, on time, right away)
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To: neverdem

Blooomberg never was a Republican, except to avoid the Democratic Primary for NYC Mayor.


37 posted on 06/19/2007 3:55:52 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: neverdem

How does one stop what one never started?


38 posted on 06/19/2007 3:55:58 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: neverdem
an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race.

Are they serious with this? I don't care how much money Bloomberg has, his impact on the 2008 race would be about as significant as mine. This guy is unelectable except as a big city mayor.
39 posted on 06/19/2007 3:56:15 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: neverdem

Good riddance.


40 posted on 06/19/2007 3:56:16 PM PDT by madison10
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To: neverdem
prelude to an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race.

lol..........Right.

41 posted on 06/19/2007 3:56:18 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (When's MY turn? What crimes may I commit and recieve amnesty for?)
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To: neverdem

I think Bloomberg has a good understanding of the issues that face NYC, but I don’t see how those issues translate onto the national stage. Take the congestion tax, for example - he’s right about the problem (congestion) even if he’s not right about the solution (the tax). But is congestion a problem in other parts of the country on the scale that it is in NYC? Of course not. This is just one example of an issue where Mike may have his finger on the pulse of NYC but I don’t see how that will extend to the national scene.


42 posted on 06/19/2007 3:56:28 PM PDT by AM2000
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To: rottndog

A Maria Shriver candidacy with Bloomberg would do it. They’d take California and New York, pull a couple of other states out of Dem hands, and that would do it. Almost a perfect solution to quite a few problems. Don’t stop believing. . .


43 posted on 06/19/2007 3:56:29 PM PDT by KingLiberty (As 12th Imam I declare 'Give me liberty or give me. . . twins would be nice.')
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To: neverdem
A sanctimonious nanny state liberal leaves the party because he wants the White House. He dumped the Dems in ‘02 for the same reason. He couldn't win the nomination. I live in NYC. I never received so many well produced, glossy marketing brochures as when he ran in 02. We were bombarded with Bloomberg promo material. Don't forget, he used to own a media conglomerate. And he pulled it off, and won the election. Not going to work on a national scale, but he will scare the hell out of everybody.
44 posted on 06/19/2007 3:56:46 PM PDT by zeller the zealot (Are Republicans the Party of Life, or is that too risky?)
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To: neverdem

“Bloomberg no longer a Republican”

C’mon, he fits in so well with most of the elected ones, it’s like there was no difference.


45 posted on 06/19/2007 3:57:33 PM PDT by Grunthor (Imwithfred.com)
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To: neverdem

I guess this would matter to me IF:

1) I even had a Mayor.

and

2) Bloomberg was it.

I don’t .... he ain’t .... and it don’t.


46 posted on 06/19/2007 3:58:27 PM PDT by OkiMusashi (Beware the fury of a patient man. --- John Dryden)
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To: John Jorsett

“I pray that he pulls a Nader and runs for President as an independent.”

That’ll split the lib vote in this nation.

Hello President Thompson.


47 posted on 06/19/2007 3:59:38 PM PDT by Grunthor (Imwithfred.com)
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To: neverdem

The new Ross Perot. I swear if he does that he will be sued.


48 posted on 06/19/2007 3:59:43 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: neverdem
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party on Tuesday and switched to unaffiliated, a move certain to be seen as a prelude to an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race.

Upending the presidential race?

Since no one outside of New York City even knows who he is, I somehow don't see that happening.

49 posted on 06/19/2007 4:00:16 PM PDT by marron
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To: neverdem

He didn’t leave the party—we left him!


50 posted on 06/19/2007 4:01:16 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Linda Chavez can _speculate_ about bigotry, but her own criminality is a matter of _record_.)
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