Bloomberg closing the door on being a spoiler

and opening the door to being a prominent person (vp?)for the most independent-like candidate that can reach across party lines and LEAD. And that is not crushed-suit-no point-but-my-own-Nader. Somebody seriously needs to iron his clothes. I bet a friend of a friend of a friend of Mr. Rove coerces Nader to jump in when he does. Slander? Sue me. Some hound-like investigative reporter should get out there and research Nader's motivations and friendships.

And for my readers a bit surprised at my sudden outburst of political events and opinions, it happens every time. I tried denying the addiction, but I've always been involved in campaigns. I donate, I get on the phone, I put signs up, I'm all about it. It's because I was involved in the political process locally since I was a preteen. So, elections are in my blood. And for the first time voting, I don't feel like I have to cast a "lesser of two evils" vote. I'm confident in all the candidates. I have a preference, but I honestly respect all of them. So it's not just a historic race, it's a great race to watch. But I'm serious, the nation needs to know about our little gem of a mayor. He gets things done. Seriously. Efficient. And I like efficiency, in my personal life and definitely in my public officials.

...In the weeks and months ahead, I will continue to work to steer the national conversation away from partisanship and toward unity; away from ideology and toward common sense; away from sound bites and toward substance. And while I have always said I am not running for president, the race is too important to sit on the sidelines, and so I have changed my mind in one area. 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.

The changes needed in this country are straightforward enough, but there are always partisan reasons to take an easy way out. There are always special interests that will fight against any challenge to the status quo. And there are always those who will worry more about their next election than the health of our country.

These forces that prevent meaningful progress are powerful, and they exist in both parties. I believe that the candidate who recognizes that the party is over — and begins enlisting all of us to clean up the mess — will be the winner this November, and will lead our country to a great and boundless future.

Michael R. Bloomberg is the mayor of New York.
Op-Ed for the New York Times


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