In an op-ed published in the New York Times this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg slammed the door on his flirtation with a surprise entree into the quest for the White House. The former Democrat who is now serving as a Republican — and who happens to be a billionaire — was a wildly coveted contender capable of mounting a serious, self-financed, independent candidacy. Rumors ran rampant.
With this morning's piece however, that chance is no more. Bloomberg said,
I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, but I am not — and will not be — a candidate for president.
With these unmistakable words, Bloomberg went on to give his vision for a crackerjack campaign and surefire leadership for the future.
We need innovative ideas, bold action and courageous leadership. That’s not just empty rhetoric, and the idea that we have the ability to solve our toughest problems isn’t some pie-in-the-sky dream.
Stopping short of naming a candidate who he feels embraces that courage, he concluded,
If a candidate takes an independent, nonpartisan approach — and embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy — I’ll join others in helping that candidate win the White House.
Are you disappointed there won't be a Bloomberg candidacy? Does this declaration land him on everyone's short list for Vice President?