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Most Significant Letter to the Editor this Year

The election season just got much more interesting. With Bloomberg out as the Independent spoiler BUT with a major caveat in his missive one of the three remaining candidates will be making an announcement real soon.

Will it be McCain to solidify the Middle and just blow off the FarSide? Or will it be a Obama or Clinton announcement just prior to March 4 to seize the momentum of the added clout that Bloomberg's experience and cache might bring to the table? It would also pull the majority of the Superdelegates and make that issue moot.

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I’m Not Running for President, but ...

By MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG
Published: February 28, 2008

WATCHING the 2008 presidential campaign, you sometimes get the feeling that the candidates — smart, all of them — must know better. They must know we can’t fix our economy and create jobs by isolating America from global trade. They must know that we can’t fix our immigration problems with border security alone. They must know that we can’t fix our schools without holding teachers, principals and parents accountable for results. They must know that fighting global warming is not a costless challenge. And they must know that we can’t keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals unless we crack down on the black market for them.

The vast majority of Americans know that all of this is true, but — politics being what it is — the candidates seem afraid to level with them.

Over the past year, I have been working to raise issues that are important to New Yorkers and all Americans — and to speak plainly about common sense solutions. Some of these solutions have traditionally been seen as Republican, while others have been seen as Democratic. As a businessman, I never believed that either party had all the answers and, as mayor, I have seen just how true that is.

In every city I have visited — from Baltimore to New Orleans to Seattle — the message of an independent approach has resonated strongly, and so has the need for a new urban agenda. More than 65 percent of Americans now live in urban areas — our nation’s economic engines. But you would never know that listening to the presidential candidates. At a time when our national economy is sputtering, to say the least, what are we doing to fuel job growth in our cities, and to revive cities that have never fully recovered from the manufacturing losses of recent decades?

More of the same won’t do, on the economy or any other issue. 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. In New York, working with leaders from both parties and mayors and governors from across the country, we’ve demonstrated that an independent approach really can produce progress on the most critical issues, including the economy, education, the environment, energy, infrastructure and crime.

I believe that an independent approach to these issues is essential to governing our nation — and that an independent can win the presidency. I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, but I am not — and will not be — a candidate for president. I have watched this campaign unfold, and I am hopeful that the current campaigns can rise to the challenge by offering truly independent leadership. The most productive role that I can serve is to push them forward, by using the means at my disposal to promote a real and honest debate.

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.

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I don't want a stinkin' Dem or Rep damn it!
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I don't want a stinkin' Dem or Rep damn it!
I think we are stuck.

My hope is that someone on Obama's team has the sense to grab Bloomberg, commit him to be Commerce/Treasury Secretary NOW and start building a plan to dig us out of this mess.

While I hate the very overused term Czar, we need a very strong Econ guy that will grab everyone by the balls and get them fully focused, from Congress down - and across. And that is going to have to include the people.

Someone is going to have to break the news to the American People that 20% of their taxes for the next 30 or so years are going to pay for the Reagan/Bush/Bushite Economic failures as we pickup the tab for the interest on the debt they ran up during "Trickle Down 1,2 and 3". They we have to figure out how to actually reduce the Debt number to stop the bleeding.

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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.

Too bad few if any politicians have the courage, morality, and ethics to do this.

It is nothing but more of the same in US politics - no matter which candidate or party wins.
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It appears Mr. Bloomberg would disagree with Mr. Paul on at least one or two items, but it would still be a shame if he let that stand in the way of his endorsement.
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Bloomberg and Nader have professed a certain degree of mutual admiration in the not too distant past. Still, any endorsement from Mr. Bloomberg is only as substantial as the amount of coin he's willing to pony up.

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If there are any legs to this story, I know who one of the three WON'T be.

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Does it matter that McCain was born outside the U.S.?
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Sen. John McCain, talks to media in Houston, Texas.

FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

Here’s something you may not know about John McCain: He was born in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936. His father was stationed there in the Navy.

The New York Times reports the circumstances surrounding McCain’s birth raise questions about his ability to become president since our founding fathers specifically said only a “natural-born citizen” can hold the highest office in the land. The idea was to prevent foreigners from becoming president.

There’s no precedent for McCain. No U.S. president has ever been born outside the 50 states. But, McCain’s campaign says they’re confident he meets the requirement, that they researched the question during his last run in 2000 and this time around as well. And they have asked former solicitor general Theodore Olson to prepare a legal opinion.

McCain supporter Senator Lindsey Graham says it would be incomprehensible if the son of a military officer born on a military installation couldn’t run for president. He says it would mean telling every military family their child couldn’t become president if born overseas.

There’s been lots of internet buzz about the topic in recent months. Some insist McCain is ineligible. According to lawyers who have studied this stuff, there’s confusion not just over the provision itself, but also over who would have the legal authority to challenge a candidate on such a point.
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WOW, that's the first I've heard of that...
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Was the Panama Canal Zone a district of the United States then? I believe so.

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Another reason for Huckabee to hang around.
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