No Escape for Bloomberg from Presidential Questions
BALI, Indonesia--While New York mayor Michael Bloomberg came to Bali this week to talk about his city's fight against global warming, reporters here couldn't resist asking him whether he'd consider running for president after all.
A Candian journalist quizzed the mayor on whether an Independent ticket featuring Al Gore as the presidential nominee and Bloomberg in the vice-presidential slot would garner a greater share of the vote than billionaire Ross Perot's 1992 presidential bid, since the two of them met here Thursday to discuss climate change.
Bloomberg's response? "Number one, I'm not a candidate, and number two, I'm too old to work for somebody else," he said. "We have lots of Republican and Democrat candidates for president. The world doesn't need another one, the country doesn't need another one."
Afterwards an American reporter tried another tack, asking Bloomberg how he would handle the question of climate change differently if he was president.
"I am not and I'm not going to be, so it's a question that's meaningless to this audience," the mayor replied.
-- Juliet Eilperin
Web Politics Editor
December 14, 2007; 10:53 AM ET
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