Endorsement Speculation? Bloomberg-Obama Appearance in NYC

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 4:57pm.

Now that he's officially nixed his own presidential run, is billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg going to throw his support behind Democratic candidate Barack Obama?

 

It didn't happen Thursday morning, when Bloomberg introduced the Illinois Senator before an economic speech in the big city, but that hasn't squelched speculation about the pair. Obama praised Bloomberg as he kicked off the speech.

I want to thank Mayor Bloomberg for his extraordinary leadership. At a time when Washington is divided in old ideological battles, he shows us what can be achieved when we bring people together to seek pragmatic solutions. Not only has he been a remarkable leader for New York –he has established himself as a major voice in our national debate on issues like renewing our economy, educating our children, and seeking energy independence. Mr. Mayor, I share your determination to bring this country together to finally make progress for the American people.

Although the two seemed quite chummy during a breakfast meeting a few months ago, Bloomberg says his endorsement is still up in the air. Obama's campaign likewise said Thursday's appearance is not an endorsement from Bloomberg.

The second joint appearance in four months also has upped speculation that Obama might tap Bloomberg to be his vice presidential candidate.

"The First Read gang is all a-buzz at the Obama-Needs-A-Jew-On-The-Ticket-Angle, but I think the best way to look at an Obama-Bloomberg ticket is by noticing their complimentary traits," writes Marc Ambinder. "Obama isn't much of an administrator or a details guy by his own admission, while Bloomberg is so concerned about Your Health and Welfare that he studies intently the ins and outs of congestion pricing and trans-fats. He's a prime minister-type -- although he brings an outsider's sense of efficiency to the bureaucracy. Let Obama be the vision guy; Bloomberg could be the brass-tacts administrator."

Obama will be speaking about the economy at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. Obama's opponent Hillary Clinton will give her own economic speech in North Carolina Thursday.

Despite the endorsement denials, New York's WCBS TV says the Bloomberg/Obama endorsement speculation is continuing at full speed. Bloomberg's name also has been floated as a possible Vice Presidential candidate.

 

David Edwards and Nick Juliano - March 27, 2008 - posted at http://rawstory.com

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 4:57pm.