“No way, no how.”
That’s what New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told David Gregory on Meet The Press yesterday, when the NBC host pressed him on the possibility of running for President.“I’m not going to run for president,” Bloomberg said. “I have a great job. I’m going to finish out my 1,100 and whatever number of days it is left to go. And I’ll leave the politics to the experts.”
Though Gregory said his reporting suggested Bloomberg was taking a “serious look” at a Presidential bid, Bloomberg responded that he isn’t even looking “at the possibility of running.” The mayor said he was speaking out about national issues that affect New York City.
“That’s my job,” Bloomberg said. “People would say, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be talking on a national level.’ Well, we created 55,000 private sector jobs in New York in the last 12 months. That’s much greater than the percentage we should create with our population. But we can’t do everything without help from the federal government and our state government. And so I’m out there, talking about immigration, talking about regulation, talking about the President being out there, selling our products, all of these kinds of things.”
“But most of this is just because the press wants to have something to write about,” he said. Instead, he said his goal is to leave office “having a reputation as a very good, maybe the greatest mayor ever.”
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