Election 2008

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Candidates Seek Bloomberg’s Support as NYC Mayor Remains Coy

April 11, 2008 01:35 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The mayor insists that “independent” leadership is more important to him than party loyalty, but he has not offered his official support to any candidate.

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Having put to rest any presidential aspirations of his own, America’s most famous current mayor has become a sought-after endorsement in the national election.

The notion that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg might run himself, which was finally dispelled by the billionaire in a self-penned New York Times op-ed on February 28, earned the mayor a place on the national campaign stage.

Though he made it clear that he would not run himself, he did say that he wanted to be part of the national debate. Bloomberg, who has switched parties in recent years from Democrat to Republican to Independent, stated that his experience has allowed him to see that neither party had all the answers and that “the message of an independent approach” was needed.

Observers have tied these comments to support for both Barak Obama and John McCain in equal measure. Both candidates have personally reached out to the mayor for his support and both have been introduced and praised by Bloomberg at New York events, touching off wild speculation about what role he might play in a new presidency.

Bloomberg has openly used this attention to press his own priorities, such as urban renewal, into the national debate.

Headline Links: Bloomberg present but coy

Background: A presidential bid that wasn’t

Opinion & Analysis: Mayor’s independence on display

Key Players: Bloomberg and the candidates

Related: The downside of endorsements

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