A group of Republican and Democratic congressmen and former senators are getting together to investigate the possibility of enticing Mayor Bloomberg of New York City to enter the presidential election. Former senator David Boren, said, “He brings to the table a tremendous wealth of personal experience and his commitment to bipartisanship is very strong.” Boren and former senator Sam Nunn, two weeks ago invited Republicans like William Cohen and former New Jersey governor Christie Whieman to engage in a dialogue about future political possibilities. The group believes America is a “house divided” and there is need for a president who can reach beyond partisan limits to encompass the nation in a new drive for greatness. Bloomberg will meet with the group which includes Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and former Democratic Senator Gary Hart.
There is a distinct possibility the election of 2008 might feature four candidates, one from the Republican party, one from the Democratic party, a Ron Paul independent party venture and New York’s Mayor Bloomberg. The closest to this line-up was in 1948 when Henry Wallace ran on an liberal ticket, Strom Thurmond headed he Dixiecrats and Truman and Dewey headed the Democratic and Republican tickets. Such a configuration will drive pundits crazy because no one knows how it would play out in an individual state’s votes. There is a distinct possibility the result might have to be resolved by Congress a it did in 1800.
Bloomberg’s strengths are being an independent, a successful businessman, a man with extensive leadership experience, a supporter of medical care, gay rights, and other liberal views. His perspective on the war in Iraq is less clear. Some reports indicate the possibility of a Bloomberg/Hagel ticket which would be very attractive in various parts of the nation.