Hagel-Bloomberg closer to running

According to Politics1.com, US Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) appeared on Meet The Press the other day. Here’s probably the most important quote of the article.

Hagel said he’ll make a decision on running for President or Vice President as an Independent by “late summer.” He acknowledged running on a ticket with the billionaire publishing mogul Bloomberg is a real possibility. “We didn’t make any deals. But I think Mayor Bloomberg is the kind of individual who should seriously think about [running as an Independent for President]. It’s a great country to think about—a New York boy and a Nebraska boy—to be teamed up leading this nation,” said Hagel. He explained he is a lifelong Republican, but that the party “of Eisenhower, of Goldwater, of Reagan” was “hijacked by a group of single-minded almost isolationists, insulationists, power-projectors.” He added: “This country is in trouble. The world is in trouble. And we need some new, fresh, independent ideas to lead this country forward.”

Ron Gunzburger, editor of Politics1.com, went on to speculate that Chuck Hagel will not run for re-election next year, and if he does, it will be as an Independent.

19 Responses to “Hagel-Bloomberg closer to running”

  1. starobserver Says:

    Just recently Bloomberg endorsed a candidacy of Al Gore:

    “People talk about Al Gore being a presidential candidate a lot more seriously than joking about me. This guy could be a presidential candidate,” Bloomberg said. “He certainly has experience … and I hope Al Gore enters the race. I think that would be good for the country.”

    I still believe Gore is going to announce his candidacy sometime in September, when people start to get tired of Clinton/Obama. And Bloomberg could be his running mate.

    To me it seems Hagel is still considering to run as a Republican candidate. He always emphasizes he has been Republican his entire life. And the reason why he is not yet announcing is pretty much the same one Gore has: let people get tired of Giuliani & Co. And he is waiting for a move of Fred Thompson. For me another possible ticket: Thompson/Hagel. Everyone who has watched the GOP debate two weeks ago will agree that we havent seen the next president or vice president or even (vice-)presidential candidate on that stage?

    Imagine this: Clinton/Obama for the Dems, Thompson/Hagel for the Reps and Gore/Bloomberg for Unity´08… THAT would be interesting…:-)

  2. Richard Winger Says:

    “Endorse” is not the same as “I hope he enters the race”. Therefore, I don’t agree with the poster above that Bloomberg has “endorsed” Al Gore.

  3. Andy Says:

    “Imagine this: Clinton/Obama for the Dems, Thompson/Hagel for the Reps and Gore/Bloomberg for Unity´08… THAT would be interesting…:-)”

    It wouldn’t be interesting for anyone that’s got any kind of interest in liberty. All of those tickets suck.

  4. SovereignMN Says:

    “Imagine this: Clinton/Obama for the Dems, Thompson/Hagel for the Reps and Gore/Bloomberg for Unity´08… THAT would be interesting…:-)”

    It would be interesting then when Ron Paul switches to the CP and gives a true alternative to big government. ;-) A man can wish, can’t he?

  5. Trent Hill Says:

    Ya…anyone who wants small government gets kicked in the nuts in that race.

  6. rj Says:

    ^ Haven’t we been kicked in the nuts plenty already? Neither party wants small government anymore, it’s not some big secret. The voters don’t vote for small government, either Libertarian or Constitution. The Republicans pay small government lip service when they have people professing themselves as “big government conservatives”, a term that could be easily used to describe Francisco Franco and Benito Mussolini.

  7. Jerry Pipe Says:

    Hagel couldn’t get elected dog catcher. I think that Bloomberg actually stands a chance if he entered, but not if it’s with Hagel.

  8. rj Says:

    ^ Didn’t he get elected Senator from Nebraska?

  9. matt Says:

    He did, but being an Anti-war republican in the presidential race is a niche market, and the niche is already filled by someone who has a far deeper resevoir of good will and a far better mechanism in place.

  10. Anthony Distler Says:

    This ticket may have more of an opportunity then people may think. Think a second.

    Republicans nominate Rudy Guiliani, pissing off the conservatives.
    Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton, pissing off the anti-war Democrats.
    Hagel/Bloomberg comes in as the conservative alternative to Guilani, yet an anti-war alternative to Clinton. That electorial map we saw in 2000 and 2004 could be completely changed with the addition of these two.

  11. SovereignMN Says:

    Does Guiliani really have a chance to survive the Republican primaries? He’s been taking such a beating lately over his abortion stance and we’re 8 months away from a vote being cast. I think the GOP nomination is going to Romney. A Romney/Brownback ticket is very possible.

  12. Trent Hill Says:

    Conservative? I dont see how. Bloomberg will be on top of the ticket, and he is anything but conservative.
    Also, how could a Bloomberg/Hagel ticket work? Hagel has a very conservative record, and Bloomberg…...doesnt. Either Hagel will move to center,or this won’t happen.

    And I dont think they intend to actually do it. I’d say that they just are increasing their name visibility. This is a great way to mutually benefit from each other.

  13. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Yeah, Bloomberg isn’t running to the right of anyone. His best bet is if someone from the 2nd tier takes the GOP nomination… like Fmr. Governor Huckabee or Gilmore.

  14. starobserver Says:

    “And I dont think they intend to actually do it. I’d say that they just are increasing their name visibility. This is a great way to mutually benefit from each other.”

    Trent is probably right, its just PR. And the perfect opportunity for Hagel to promote himself as the all-so-different GOP candidate. Looks like the primaries are going to be VERY nasty this time…:-)

    If Bloomberg won´t do it with Hagel who would his likely RM be? Someone from the Southern States? Yet Gore/Bloomberg?

  15. Kris Overstreet Says:

    What gets me is this: in order to offer another option than a big-government Democrat and a big-government Republican, this independent movement is going to offer… a BIGGER government Republican?

  16. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Hagel is more running-mate material than top of the ticket material. On his own, Hagel might get 5%.

  17. Otto Kerner Says:

    Wait … lemme get this straight … the GOP has been hijacked by isolationists?

  18. Trent Hill Says:

    Yea,that part made me go “bwuh?”

  19. Guy Garofano Says:

    I like Hagel, even if I disagree with him on some issues like immigration. To me Bloomberg is not a good fit, he’s suited to be mayor of NYC but not a national candidate. I think a Third Party Ticket must have a Republican and A Democrat. I could see Hagel teamed up with Wesley Clark or Jim Webb.

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