December 9th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What is New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg up to?

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From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

See if you can figure out who said this:

–"Both parties follow the mood of the moment – instead of leading from the front... Especially in these tough times, we need our leaders to inspire the whole country – not criticize half of it.

- "As families struggle to get by, they have seen little but partisan gridlock, political pandering and legislative influence-peddling. Finger-pointing, blame games, and endless attacks."

- "We've got to pull together, and focus on what's important for America – and then roll up our sleeves and fix the things that need fixing. This is the greatest nation on earth..."

- "We need to shift course. We need those in government to stop demagoguing and start delivering."

–"Today, we again have our future in our own hands. We can blame others or we can put our nose to the grindstone and get back to work. We can keep kicking the can down the road and allow the country to fall farther behind... or we can face up to the hard choices."

These comments are part of a speech made by a man who has said over and over and over again that he's not interested in national political office. Doesn't sound like it, does it?

The sweeping speech was actually given by the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, in which he calls for "a middle way" in government.

Maybe the Republican-turned-Independent Bloomberg is thinking the same thing a lot of the rest of us are: when you look at the possible presidential candidates for 2012, it's pretty much a yawn.

Sarah Palin? Don't make me laugh. Mitt Romney? Been there, done that. Barack Obama? Probably, but he could lose.

Here's my question to you: What do you suppose New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is up to?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

David in Las Vegas writes:
America needs a strong independent "party" and Bloomberg is the right guy at the right time. President Obama has sadly disappointed the Democrats, Independents, and crossover Republicans that elected him. That ship has sailed and the country needs to look for a leader who can stop the downward spiral of the world's biggest superpower.

Tricia writes:
He's going to run. He realizes that the two top party contenders will be disasters in the making and that the country cannot stand for another 6 years the way things are going now. How unique would that be, a grown-up in the White House for a change!

Carol in Northampton, Massachusetts writes:
Bloomberg's gravitas gives him a bully pulpit and he should preach loud and clear, but in the end, not run. If he split the independent vote, who knows what scary creature might slip through?

Scott in Freeport, Illinois writes:
I think in the end Mayor Michael Bloomberg will make a run for president right along with Donald Trump!

Pete in Georgia writes:
Jack, Bloomberg is up to his eyeballs in pre-presidential positioning. A very successful businessman (billionaire) has learned the fine art of political maneuvering in the NYC political arena (or should I say zoo?). A Republican when first elected (good memories of Giuliani required a Republican to follow him). He then became an Independent to get reelected (by then a Republican couldn't get elected in NYC). Then he needed a 3rd term in spite of the 2 term limit. He sounds like a typical lifetime politician looking for the next office he can buy.

Tom in Atlanta writes:
Simple, Jack. He's making perfect sense. I believe his time has come.

Mark in Oklahoma City writes:
Jack, Bloomberg is one of the richest men in the world so I would imagine most of your faithful viewers don't give a damn what he's up to! We are trying to keep our jobs and pay our bills, so we don't really spend a lot of time sitting around the dinner table asking one another, "Oh, by the way, honey, do you have any idea what Bloomberg is up to?" This question must have come from Wolf.

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soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. southerncousin

    Another eastern liberal trying to impose his will on us. They know what to do with our money and our lives better than we do. They need to take our money and run our lives. That is the liberal creed.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  2. Terry- Greensburg, IN

    I love you sarcastic egotistical attitude, even if 'U' haven't got all the answers 'U' make it sound like 'U' do.
    He's a Bloomberg, he can do anything he wants to.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  3. Loren

    He's in stealth mode running for President. A man with an ego his size can only have one goal once he enters politics. Problem is his ego has gotten in the way of common sense, so his campaign won't play in Peoria.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  4. Terry- Greensburg, IN

    Do 'U' mean he's getting ready to play some ' real monopoly'?
    Yes, don't think for a minute he's not a player.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  5. ken, atlantic city nj

    Bloomberg is just another rich guy looking for more tax breaks for business. Greed has infected the entire country. The new motto is "Ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you" Tax breaks for the rich seems to be at the top of the list. Greed is an uncurable disease so we are all doomed.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  6. Terry- Greensburg, IN

    Despite growing rumors to the contrary, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he is not running for president in 2012. Yew! right?

    December 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  7. Steve from Concord, CA

    Jack, your guess is as good as mine. All I can say is that if something walks like a politican, talks like a politician, and acts like a politican, then that something has aspirations for higher office.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  8. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He's positioning himself to be the next President. The only fear that I have is that he may just do that and put Sarah Palin in the White House and that's very frightening. His speech is wonderful but so was the President's a few years back and during part of the campaign. Words are Cheap, The Supply is Greater than the Demand.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  9. Joe CE

    Who said: " If we gat rid of illegals, NY city would be closed down? Who said: "We need to contain social security to achieve financial stability?" Hint: Bloomb___.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  10. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Testing the waters to get attention and he's getting it.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  11. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    He doesn't want to be Trump'ed.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  12. Conor in Chicago

    Republicans love power and wealth. He has enough wealth. He doesn't have enough power. The propganda begins.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  13. Bizz Quarryville PA

    It sounds like he is testing the political waters. I hope he is considering seriously running for president. He would bring a fresh new outlook for voters to choose from. There would be no fear of secret donors with strings attached contributing to his campaign. He is a man that doesn't have to answer to either party with fear of political consequences. He definitely would shake up Washington and Washington needs a good shaking up.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  14. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    My only hope is that he'd run as a Republican to push the other people out of the race early, like Palin, Romney, Loud mouth Rush, Rev. Mike and all the others that think they can run anything.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  15. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Dumb question Jack. Of course he's positioning himself for an independent run at POTUS. He's just waiting for a bit to see which way the wind blows. If the economy makes a significant turn around, the Republican's will try to take credit, but Obama will get re-elected in 2012. If the economy continues in the tank, Republicans won't stand a chance and Bloomberg will join the Tea Party and oust Palin.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  16. Kris in California

    The Mayor is putting a face on the frustration of many over the failures of the two parties. The people are fed up and all political parties and movements (ala TP) have an agenda and none of them are putting country ahead of the special interests. More powers to Mayor Bloomberg in shaping the focus of the next big election two years from now.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  17. david -seattle

    maybe its time to realize he may be considering what we desperately need to offset the lack of constructive opposition party capitulants still doing fossil fuel favors and begin the 3rd party our democracy requires to evolve from the technicality overthrow of morality and integrity within govt on going in the whitehouse

    December 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  18. KDS Irvine, CA

    He is leaving bread crumbs leading to his bid for the presidency. He has not declared it yet, but everyone is reading between the lines.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  19. Bob K. Youngstown Ohio

    Sounds like Bloomberg is testing the political waters with the usual vague speech that 99.99% of all politicians give. Notice that not a single solution to any problem was given. He"ll probably use the excuse that he does not want potential competitors to steal his ideas. Oh, wait.... he's not interested in national office, I guess I must have missed all the solutions.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  20. Bill Tomsick

    I heard He was going to approach President Obama and ask Why we are not using the technology we have developed since the 1960's to help police find missing children women and men and drastically reduce other crime

    If so and The president implements the system to be used by Law Enforcement I am sure he would be reelected, he would show us that he is willing to go outside the box to provide a safer invironment for ALL Americans,

    Bill Tomsick – FB = 2findthemissing

    December 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  21. Patsy, Texas

    He might be testing the waters, so to speak. His words will ring on
    deaf ears in Washington, but if he is put in a position where he
    can challenge the "front runners", like in a debate, it would be great
    to see. Some say Independents can't win, but the possibilities
    today are greater than ever. Some say he is "unpopular", but he
    got a law changed, and won a third term, so somebody likes him.
    Lastly, he would be 100% better than any Republican name I have
    heard so far that might be running.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  22. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    Gee, not sure but based on self importance of our elected officials perhaps a bigger retirement package ?

    December 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  23. Charles Yaindl

    I think mayor Bloomberg is posturing to make a run for the nomination and then for president of the United States.There is a good chance it might be as a independent.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  24. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Well after giving away a good chunk of what he owns by following in Warren Buffets footsteps, I still think he will have enough change in his pocket to run a presidential campaign. There really isn't a whole lot of options for the republicans if they want to win. They have no white horse to prance out in 2012. My money will be on Bloomberg.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  25. bonnie from nj

    I think he is saying what most of us of are thinking and that if things don't change he want a chance to turn things around. I want to say "Go. Mike Go!", but Obama said everything (almost) that I wanted to hear too! I also got fooled by Corzine who I voted for because I thought a successful businessman would be more fiscally responsible, that didn't work out too well either! Regardless, if he runs he has my vote.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  26. Kim Smith

    I don't know, Jack. Let's ask his stock broker and accountant, they should know.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  27. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    it's pretty obvious that Mayor Bloomberg is putting out "feelers" about a possable Presidential run. of the people you mentioned in the question. Jack, I would say he is defiantely "the smartest guy (or gal) in the room".

    question is, would he be able to win a national election? unfortunately with all the racial and religious prejudice parts of this country have demonstrated during the first two years of the Obama presidency, I don't think so.

    and it's TOO BAD because what this country needs right now IS a pragmatic leader who has BOTH business and govenment skills just like he does.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  28. David in Raleigh, NC

    He would be a better option than Obama.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  29. Tricia

    He's going to run. He realizes that the two top party contenders will be disasters in the making and that the country cannot not stand for another 6 years the way things are going now.

    How unique would that be–a grown-up in the White House for a change!

    December 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  30. Tina Tx

    He is doing the same as Governor Goodhair Perry plotting his next move and thinking he can beat Obama in 2012. If Obama ever gets the jobs back the Republicans will have a hard time getting re-elected. By 2012 the American people will realize they have bad a huge error in electing them back in office.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  31. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    He's up to nothing more than reading the newspaper. Watching Republicans extort more wealth for the super rich, I have said the same things. I might be accused of jogging but my running days are far behind me.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  32. Gary H. Boyd

    It's called "testing the water" Jack. Bloomberg made noises like this several years ago and found mild support that included Mortimer Zuckerman, Editor in Chief of USNEWS&World Report magazine.
    Money's not a problem since the guy's worth a bundle but money doesn't necessarily win elections as noted by recent races in California. Bloomberg's simply "testing the water" to determine support.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    December 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  33. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Dounds like a candidate speaking to me!

    And, like most candidates he makes sense NOW. But would he make the same speech if he was elected president, or would his true colors come out, also like many candidates.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  34. david

    I hope He's up for a run at the 2012 presidential election! This country can't handle much more of this partisan crap, if we plan on remaining the USA. The future is getting pretty dark. When ever I hear a member of our government say things like (what the American people want) it brings to mind what my drill sargent use to say (needs a good jap slap)
    Dave from NH.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  35. Langston

    Its ironic that Bloomberg would suggest that he has no intentions of seeking the presidency amid a paralyzing deficit. His remarks had a presedential undertone regarding our current economic circumstances. As NYC mayor, he turned a $6billion deficit into a $3billion surplus. He certainly fits the presidential mold: wealthy; Ivy League education; public service; and he changes political party's so frequently that Im not even sure he knows what party he belongs to.

    Macon, GA

    December 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  36. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    Nothing serious at this point Jack. To my knowledge he has not yet formed a presidential exploratory committee. If and when he does decide to make a serious run for the white house, Mayor Bloomberg does, if he wishes, have some serious personal money to spend on a campaign. I wish him success.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  37. Ken in Maryland

    He may run as an Independent just to stir things up. Perot was never a serious/viable candidate, but he sure got the conversation to go a different way. The debates were a lot more interesting.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  38. Ed

    He's gloating about how well the government serves the rich at the detrement of the poor. The left and right have already become the middle and both parties net about the same. I don't think America has ever had a Jewish president and I doubt he would seriously run for it.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  39. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Bloomberg is testing the waters for an independent run for the presidency. If he does, Bloomberg will split the vote into a three way race. That will divide the republicans and independents, and re-elect President Obama. I say, go for it.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  40. Jeff In Minnesota

    It's called testing the waters Jack. Smart politicians do it all of the time. He's using these messages to determine if he can marshal support for a Presidential bid.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  41. D.M. San Diego

    Maybe he's trying to squeeze the Yankees for seven years instead of six.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  42. Sam McKinney

    Sounds like to me that he is wanting to get drafted to run for President. He left it plain by what he is saying that he would take it if asked but he has to be asked

    December 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  43. Moe Dallas TX

    I would guess he is willing to spend up to 25% of his own wealth to become President....That sounds a lot nicer than to say he will spend 5 billion to get "elected" !!!

    December 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  44. perry jones

    as fare left as any one can be

    perry jones council bluffs ia

    December 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  45. Jane (Minnesota)

    A Presidential rum in 2012. I hope he does run, but may not be electable for the same reason good independent candidates haven't succeeded in Minnesota since Jesse Ventura – the wrong party will get elected because the independent took votes from thier opponent. You know if an independent was elected as President some time, I pretty sure what we would see is democrats and republicans actually working in a bi-partisan way – to make sure the independent is not successful. I live in Minnesota and have seen it first hand when Jesse Ventura was elected governor. Jesse's ego got the better of him half way through his term, but that was the only time I've seen the Minnesota Legislature be work together – to say "No" to the governor. It's all about power & the heck with actually wanting to make things better for the whole country.

    December 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  46. Kevin in CA

    Hedging his bets ...

    December 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  47. calaurore9

    His gravitas gives him a bully pulpit and he should preach loud and clear, but in the end not run. If he split the independent vote, who knows what scary creature might slip through?!

    Carol Northampton, MA

    December 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  48. David Gerstenfeld

    America needs a a strong independent "party" & Bloomberg is the right guy at the right time. President Obama has sadly disappointed the Democrats, Independents, & crossover Republicans that elected him. That ship has sailed & the country needs to look for a leader that can stop the downward spiral of the world's biggest superpower. Unfortunately we can't compete economically with F-22s & nuclear weapons. Look at the latest test scores in math & science.
    David, Las Vegas

    December 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  49. Jim


    He is both testing the waters and priming the pump. By being non-commital now he is setting up a run later on. I would expect this time next year he will jump in. The guy is like anyother politician, he knows how to play the game.

    Jim in Denver, CO

    December 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm |

    What do you suppose New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is up to?

    Bloomberg is testing the waters to see if he should run for, I mean BUY, president.

    Roseville CA

    December 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  51. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Sounds like he is laying the groundwork for a Presidential run.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  52. Tom (Atlanta)

    Simple Jack. He's making perfect sense. I believe his time has come.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  53. Eric

    What is he up to? Political pandering and finger-pointing, the very ideas he opposes. It is comical to entertain the idea that he is suitable for the presidency. If my memory serves me correctly, this is the same guy who promised Goldman Sachs $1.65billion, with a B, in tax breaks if it built its headquarters in NYC. As families struggle to get by Forbes listed Bloomberg as one of the largest profiteers in this recession, with a total networth of over $16billion. Who knows, maybe he wants to buy some treasury bonds.

    Warner Robins, GA

    December 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  54. ken from connecticut

    He's not up to anything. Can't he just speak ? Can't anyone just speak without these news organizations trying to make Everything Political ? What's he up to? If everyone is up to something just by speaking a few good words, what does this tell us about our press and our politicians? The press utilize these words for their own gain. They spin to promote and take advantage of public opinion. He's up to nothing, but if people like what he says and he is honest and true with what he believes in, power to him. Lets report That!

    December 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  55. Scott Stodden

    I Think In The End Mayor Michael Bloomberg Will Make A Run For President Right Along With Donald Trup!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    December 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  56. David Jones

    Run Baby, Run!

    December 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  57. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Jack –

    Bloomberg is up to his eyeballs in pre-presidential positioning. A very successful businessman (billionaire) has learned the fine art of political maneuvering in the NYC political arena (or should I say zoo?). A Republican when first elected (good memories of Guilianni required a Republican to follow him) – then became an Independent to get reelected (by then a Republican couldn't get elected in NYC). Then he needed a 3rd term in spite of the 2 term limit ..... he sounds like a typical lifetime politician looking for the next office he can buy.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  58. Kekvin Hemp

    Lets keep it simple, Jack. Hopefully a presidental run in 2014

    December 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  59. Matt

    He's probably hoping to light a fire under someone else. After all, he himself wondered out loud what kind of a chance does a short Jewish guy have of getting elected President.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  60. Joe

    Nothing. Just blowing hot air while trying to stay relevant.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  61. thomas

    Unless you are a northeast Lib, who cares what that little chipmunk is up too?

    December 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  62. Millard Adams

    Most of us who don't live in NYC don't give a hoot about what Michael Bloomberg is up to, and if he runs for President, he will find that out.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  63. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY

    As a New York resident, we are immune to Mayor Bloomberg's screeds. The rest of the nation is about to realize what we have long known: it was Napoleon, in fact, who had a Bloomberg complex.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  64. Gigi Oregon

    He needs to step forward and follow through. But wait...what if he is all talk like Pres. Obama was. Talk is cheap. We are letting the elite consume us. It is time to protest against the rich who have gotten wealthy off the poor and middle class.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  65. Marianne Watts

    What is he up to? POSSIBLY he's saying what he thinks with no political tinge to it at all. I agree with him. What am I up to? Can't you get away from your cynicism for just a little while and evaluated WHAT is said instead of making the story about the ANGLE?

    December 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  66. Sharon Phoa

    Wrong question, but I just wanted to say that when I was in High School the Fifth Dimension had a song out titled 'The Rubber Band Man'. We stole that title and used it to mean 'men who would say anything to get what they want, then never follow through with their promises. I voted for President Obama, but I'm beginning to think he is a RUBBER BAND MAN... NO BACKBONE.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  67. Mike

    I just watched his speech from yesterday, and I hope he's gearing up to run. If his numbers regarding New York's economic growth in comparison to the rest of the country are accurate, I say follow the money. It's time to rethink and restructure government from a point of view cast outside our broken two party system. Make government work for us, so that we can work for America.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  68. Gail, Plano TX

    Jack: I knew when you were reading the mystery comments just now that it was Mayor Bloomberg. I have heard him say these things before. I think he is grooming himself for the Presidency. And I think he would make a great Prwsidenr! He is a shrewd businessman and might be able to solve our economic dilemma. I am a New Yorker, originally, and I know a winner when I see one!

    December 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  69. Steve

    Maybe he's attempting to shift perspective. Afterall, look at the infighting going on over, what else, money.

    And It all boils down this . . .

    Americans and their firm belief that they need more than they need.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  70. Greg Mathias

    He's posturing, and staying visible to the many disgruntled potential voters of all parties. I felt all along that whomever was elected in the last presidential election was doomed to one term, due to the many tough decisions and gloomy outlook that was left behind by GW. Bloomberg is a sharp guy. He might be able to pull it off. I think we're all ready for an "outsider" in Washington.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  71. david

    Bloomberg is lamer than Obama

    December 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  72. George

    Sounds like he's running for President to me.

    It also sounds like he's been reading up on demagogues; he's taken the necessary first step of claiming a moral high ground he probably has no right to, in order to pitch vague criticisms at "those in government" who won't roll up their sleeves. Since he doesn't specify, that can apply to anybody, and nobody gets to reply to a direct criticism of a specific policy.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  73. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    I honestly think that Obama will be weakened so much in the next 6 to 12 months that Mayor Bloomberg could register as a Democrat, challenge Obama in a primary for the nomination in a self financed campaign, and would probably beat Obama by running as the adult who can fix problems and who is not afraid to fight. I would vote for Bloomberg in a heart beat if he did this and I am sure that many other people would as well. Bloomberg in my opinion would have excellent chances of winning the 2012 general election if he beats Obama in a Democratic primary race!

    December 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  74. Al Jimenez

    Voting in US is like flipping a coin. Every other country in the world has more than two parties. Bloomburge would a welcome 3rd option. I like him better than Obama and I voted for him.



    December 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  75. Annie

    The Mayor is up to some much needed common sense. We certainly haven't seen much of that lately!

    December 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  76. honest John in Vermont

    He seems to speak more common sense than the left, the right and most currently in office. Maybe he's manuvering–but so what–everbody does some of that.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  77. T

    I think bloomberg wants to stay in NY. He's right when he says that the goverment & congress is divided and they are taking the American people hostage. A divided congress is NOT good for the US and its business parters because we don't know what's gonna happend next

    December 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  78. KEITTH

    I don't know what he's up to, but here in NY he has found a way to move to both sides time and time again.We never wonder what his position is because as soon as he takes it(even if you disagree) its a done deal.

    As a independent voter and business man when i make a decision for the good or the bad my employees listen, or quit. Thats the way of the world. my biggest fight is usually not with them, however ,its with our governments constant in fighting that keeps me Not hiring more workers because i just don't know which way to go.....just make a decision and live with it.

    Frustrated and perplexed

    December 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  79. jaylee

    Mayor Bloomberg is talking like an american that has common sense and knows how to apply it to our political and aconomic reality. Something everyone in Washington (on both sides of the aisle) seems to be lacking these days.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  80. FERDINAND, from las vegas

    Bloomberg is running, but he doesn't know it yet

    December 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  81. Kay

    It is time for a third party takeover!

    December 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  82. Eric Streed

    I'd say about 5'-6"... with elevator shoes.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  83. Stephen Agwu

    If Mayor Bloomberg is thinking along the same lines as I'm thinking is that he is tired of the politicking that gets intertwined with the reforms that are need to restore this once great country back to its roper position. For example take the Bush Tax cuts. Instead of doing what is needed for the country, politicking has the government negotiating and compromising, to the point where what needs to be done doesn't get done so that both parties are satisfied. Lets face it, in order to get back on the track to economic prosperity, we must do what needs to be done, not what we want to be done. I am a 20 year old University of Texas college student from Houston and I am fed up with the division in the country that leads to parties bartering and bargaining fiscal policies instead of us coming together as one to do what is right (I am guessing this is "the middle way". I think Mayor Bloomberg may be trying to appeal to my growing demographic and it just might work.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  84. John G. Johnston

    He is a good motivational speaker. And it takes a motivator to move people, especially to get off their duffs and go vote. I wish him luck as we need good strong leaders in all forms of life.
    John Johnston
    Westcliffe, CO

    December 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  85. Harry Lime

    What arrogance the people in the media have, to think that the rest of the country would accept a warmed-over moderate, multi-billionaire as a candidate for President, simply because he uses attractive rhetoric. He no more represents the average American than the man in the moon.
    St. Petersburg

    December 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  86. Lyndin

    The one with common sense.very rare

    December 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  87. NM in TX

    It's not over till Red Auerbach lights his cigar or Mr. Bloomberg visits Iowa.
    He certainly is more qualified than most.
    Time for a draft.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  88. Spads

    Bloomberg has said nothing that all of the rest of the politicians have already said. “Hard Choices” means what? In America it means the greedy rich gleefully beat down everybody else in the name of “freedom”. Bloomberg is just another one of the rich positioning himself for power. I don’t like him and I don’t trust him.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  89. Arlene, Illinois

    Sounds to me he could get any politcal job money could buy!

    December 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  90. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Hope the man runs for President as an independant, he is the only person the past ten years that has said anything worth listening to.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  91. peter burnette

    .......... about 200 pounds Jack.

    peter b

    December 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  92. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Well Jack, he might be situating himself for a run in 2012, or he could be laying the groundwork for someone else to make a serious independent run, or he could be trying to get the attention of our elected officials in Washington DC as of today. Whatever the case, if someone will walk the walk instead of just talk the talk they might have a shot at any job they want.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  93. Kevin in MD

    I hope Bloomberg is laying the groundwork for a run in 2012, and if he runs he has my vote. President Obama is doing ok but his party ties have hindered his effectiveness. We have had two years of bloated, lopsided bills from Congress which is why the Dems deserved to lose all those seats in the House and Senate. Over the next two years if President Obama leads this country into gridlock with the new Congress, then Bloomberg will be an easy choice for those of us completely tired of the Democrat and Republican labels.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  94. AB

    I hope Bloomberg is not planning to run for president in 2012. He does not stand a chance against Obama, especially once the economy improves and people are back to work earning and spending their disposable incomes. The proposed tax cuts articulated by Obama will improve the economy by spurring spending and job growth, thus, making Obama an extremely viable and unbeatable candidate for re-election in 2012. Despite all of the criticism of his proposed tax cut policies, Obama will be vindicated and the liberals and critics will side with and support him in 2012.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  95. Sharon in Chicago

    Since you censored my first response, I'll try this: Bloomberg is yet another in a long line of proponents of the Chicago School of Economics and Milton Friedman. Since they have been setting the agenda for economic policy in this country through both Republicans and Democrats since Nixon, of course he will try for the office. As Obama's retention of the same economists has shown, it does not matter who is in the White House, though. What matters is who their economic advisors are and how well they can play the game of "Shock Capatilism."

    December 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  96. Jim

    Mr. Bloomberg is doing what all politicans do. Trying to make himself look good. I don't see a single politician out there who really cares about what is best for the country. The only thing ALL of them are concerned with is getting relected and they will do and say whatever it takes.

    Clawson MI

    December 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  97. Bill Marvell

    Not if he is as smart as he seems, or thinks he is.
    Just wait until he has to father 535 spoiled brats who throw tantrums at every provocation. As much as I disliked George W's leadership, it has become clear to me that the real players of that administration were Congress, who are still playing the same games. The big difference was that George W placated the Republicans and bamboozled the Democrats. Now, after not quite two years under father Barack, the Democrats finally want to put on their big-boy pants. But mother, the voters, have already taken away everything but the training pants. So the Democrats are throwing another fit. Proving they care about nothing but their own, individual pride and feelings, truly infantile.
    Potential father Bloomberg has to look at this lot (and the incoming brood) and say "I didn't breed, don't expect me to raise them."

    December 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  98. lynn

    Throw him back,we don't want him...

    December 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  99. josh

    When Bloomberg was first elected mayor (as a Republican), he got into hot water with the party brass, because he appointed some Democrats to pretty important posts in the city government. When taken to task on that, his response was, basically, "Oops, sorry, I was making appointments based on merit, it never occurred to me to ask their party affiliation."

    That in a nutshell told me volumes about Bloomberg the mayor.

    I didn't like him as a candidate. Didn't vote for him, at least not in 2001. But I love him as a mayor and have voted for him twice since. We would be well-served if more of our so-called leaders walked the walk that Bloomberg does. He isn't bi-partisan; he's non-partisan.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  100. Antonio from D.C.

    Hurting Replubicans with common sense! Leaving them.....WISE CHOICE!

    December 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm |