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Bloomberg says he won’t run for president

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday philanthropy, not a presidential run, is in his future after he finishes his time in office. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday philanthropy, not a presidential run, is in his future after he finishes his time in office. (Stephen J. Boitano, NBC/ AP Photo)
Associated Press / December 13, 2010

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NEW YORK — New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that he has no aspirations for higher office, offering a definitive “no way, no how’’ when asked if he will run for president of the United States.

Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,’’ Bloomberg said in an interview that he would be sticking with the elected office he holds.

“I’m not looking at the possibility of running,’’ Bloomberg told host David Gregory. “I’ve got a great job, and I’m going to stay with it.’’

The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent, already a generous donor, has said philanthropy is in the cards once his third term as mayor ends.

Bloomberg, who was reelected in 2009 after persuading the City Council to change the term-limits law, repeatedly said he is not running for president in 2012. He explored the idea of running as a third-party candidate in the lead-up to the 2008 election, then decided against it.

But those denials come along with actions that keep Bloomberg in a national spotlight. On Dec. 8, he gave a campaign-style speech in Brooklyn in which he aired familiar complaints about partisan gridlock along with vague ideas to get more Americans working.

In an interview in the December issue of GQ magazine, the billionaire mayor criticized President Obama, saying he had broken campaign promises and needs better advisers.

In November, Bloomberg said an independent has a better chance at succeeding in the White House than a Republican or a Democrat. Today, he is set to speak on a panel at the launch of an organization looking to court people from both major political parties to find common solutions to problems.

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