Nader: Bloomberg Presidential Candidacy Would “Blow the Whole Two-Party System Apart”

From the Political Wire via TPID:

“I see a looming giant on the horizon for 2012… you better try to get an interview with him because if he runs, it is not only a three way race, he’s going to blow the whole two party system apart.”

— Ralph Nader, in an interview on the Fox Business Network, on New York City Michael Bloomberg possibly running as an independent candidate for president.

3 thoughts on “Nader: Bloomberg Presidential Candidacy Would “Blow the Whole Two-Party System Apart”

  1. Green Party Conservative

    Mike Bloomberg:

    Independent President Would Be More Effective than Democrat or Republican

    From the Washington Post:

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent who has considered running for president, declared Monday that an independent has a better chance at succeeding in the White House than a Republican or a Democrat . . . at Harvard University on Monday he endorsed the idea of an independent in the White House. “I think actually a third-party candidate could run the government easier than a partisan political president because the partisan political president – yeah he’s got half the votes, but he can’t get the others – whereas the guy in the middle may very well be able to get enough across the aisle,” Bloomberg said.

  2. Green Party Conservative

    Mayor Bloomberg does not have to run for President to dramatically change for the better the American political system.

    The language in cited in Mr. Nader’s alleged Fox News remarks sound like TV news producer hype.

    Still the underlying point is valuable. It was made in less hyper lanuage almost a month ago.
    It was illustrated by Green Party candidates from across the country participating in the press conference.

    Mayor Bloomberg is singularily qualified to bring Independents, Independence Party, and Green Parties together to form America’s new major Third Party.

    That Independent/Independence/Green Party could elect a new majority Independent greens to the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and likely an Independent Green to the White House.

    NY1 News reports tonight Bloomberg endorsed many candidates during this election season. Many like Independent Lincoln Chafee were elected.

    The Green Party candidates participating in the October 14th press conference would have welcomed a Bloomberg endorsement. http://www.DraftMichael.com advocates drafting Bloomberg to form the nation’s third major party with Independents/Independence/Green Parties.

    Had Bloomberg endorsed Rich Whitney in Illinois, the Green Party would likely have received the additional 2 per cent necessary to maintain ballot status.

    It is only common sense that Green Party candidates this year, and next would welcome the opportunity to work with Michael Bloomberg.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg was busy this election season, issuing endorsements for a number of candidates in local and national races, and saw the majority of them come out victorious.

    In several political races in the past, most notably the 2008 presidential election, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stayed mum.

    But this year, Bloomberg was out on the stump, offering support for 29 candidates in the general election, including endorsements for the Democratic candidate for governor of New York, the Republican candidates for New York state attorney general and New York state comptroller, along with numerous candidates for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

    Out of those 29 endorsements, 21 either won or are ahead in a race that, as of Wednesday evening, was still too close to call.

    Eight of the candidates either lost or are behind in races still too close to call.

    The mayor picked a winner in Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo, but lost with GOP attorney general candidate Dan Donovan and GOP state comptroller candidate Harry Wilson.

    Bloomberg says he’s disappointed by the losses, but he will work the same way with the candidates who did win.

    He says what all of the candidates he backed have in common is a willingness to work across party lines.

    “In terms of the candidates that I supported, a big chunk of them won. Not everyone, half a dozen –three or four governors, all of whom are moderates, will govern from the middle, senators from the middle,” said the mayor at a news conference this afternoon. “I just think that extremism, whether it’s left or right, is not in the interest of the public.”

    Bloomberg was also again asked the inevitable question: would he again consider a run for president in 2012, especially given the growing number of independents in the U.S. Bloomberg rolled his eyes at the question, and again insisted he’s not running.

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