Bloomberg's Billions Make Instant Player

GOP departure heats up speculation on presidential run
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2007 5:57 AM CDT
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg,speaks at the kick off event for University of Southern California conference in Los Angeles Monday, June 18, 2007. Bloomberg called for reversing America's "wrong-headed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – One day after Mike Bloomberg announced he's ditching the GOP, the will-he-or-won't-he titters are building to a roar. The Post reports that Bloomberg is prepared to spend at least half-a-billion dollars on an independent presidential run—ten times what Perot spent in '92—making him the "the billion-dollar elephant in the room," writes the Politico's Ben Smith.

Some are still holding out hope for a Independent Bloomberg/Hagel ticket in 2008. But advisers say Bloomberg is still waiting to see how the major party tickets shake out, and won't make a final decision until primary season is over. Either way, the speculation raises the tantalizing prospect of a political subway series: a three-way horse race between two New York mayors and a New York senator.