Michael Bloomberg said he weighed running for president but decided after 12 years as New York City’s mayor voters knew how he stood on the issues and those positions weren’t endearing for a candidate.
“If I thought we could win, or had a reasonable chance, I would have done it. It would be totally unlikely, very unlikely that an independent could win. And in my case, I was mayor for a long time. People know where I stand. I couldn’t pretend to be something I’m not,” Bloomberg said during an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” airing Sunday.
The billionaire businessman who was a Democrat and Republican before finally becoming an independent said his beliefs would have turned off voters in both camps.
“For the Republicans, I’m pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-immigration. That’s a good start there. You’ll never get their nomination,” he said. “On the Democratic side, I believe in teacher evaluation. The big banks, we need to help them rather than just keep tryin g to tear them down. Those are not particularly things that will help you get the nomination.”
Bloomberg, who served three terms as mayor, delivered one of the most blistering take downs of then-candidate Donald Trump at last summer’s Democratic National Convention.
”I’m a New Yorker, and New Yorkers know a con when we see one,” Bloomberg began in his speech about Trump.
Asked if he’s talked to Trump since the Philadelphia convention, Bloomberg said he called Trump after the election to congratulate him and got his personal number.
”We joked about my speech in Philadelphia. And before he finished the conversation, he gave me his personal phone number, his cell phone. I haven’t called him, so I don’t know if — whether he’d answer it now. But he’s … I hope he does a good job ,” Bloomberg said.
The 75-year-old also said his national political ambitions are at an end.
”It’d be an age issue, I suppose. I’ve got plenty of things to do. And maybe I’ll run for president of my block association, but not much more than that ,” he said.
This report originally appeared on NYPost.com.