Bloomberg Says No…Again
This time he was asked by… wait for it… Ryan Seacrest of American Idol fame on… wait for it… Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
Yes, it’s silly, but it means a Bloomberg independent run is starting to get into the national zeitgeist, and if he does want to run stuff like this is important. Seacrest gave him a huge opportunity to get his “pragmatism before partisanship” message out there and I have some thoughts about that after the quote.
Seacrest, who more often finds himself in a tete-a-tete with Simon Cowell rather than the leader of Gotham, began the inquiry by commenting to Bloomberg’s daughters, “I want your dad to answer this honestly. Will you run for president?”
Without hesitation, Bloomberg responded, “No, I will not run for president, but I will speak out to try to get people to really focus on the issues and to get rid of partisanship and special interests.”
Does this strike anybody else as possibly, oh I don’t know…staged? Because, honestly, do you really put somebody on the spot like that without giving them a heads up first? It’s not like Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve is known for breaking much news besides what celebrity du jour has decided to get some face time on national television.
And what did Seacrest think? That he’d catch Bloomberg a few flutes of champagne in and he’d bobble, “Yes- I mean no, I’m not running. I’m not. Ryannnn! You dog!…give me a hug!” Unlikely.
The story says that political observers were quick to doubt Bloomberg. Smart call.