Bloomberg Leaving Door Open A Crack On Presidential Bid

New York (AP) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg denies having Presidential hopes but he's leaving the door open.

A day after quitting the Republican Party and announcing he's become an independent, Bloomberg said his "intention" is to stay mayor until 2009.

There's already polling data out. A Quinnipiac University Poll says in New York State, voters prefer Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani to Bloomberg, 43% for Clinton, to 29% for Giuliani, to 16% for the mayor. Bloomberg says the pollsters are wasting their time because being mayor is "the greatest job in the world."

At the same time, Bloomberg says he wants to talk about national issues, from immigration to health care, leading some to speculate that he has his eye on higher office.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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