The former New York City mayor – who said in September that he’s “on board” with Barack Obama’s reelection campaign – tells Maggie in our story on the homepage that he hopes Michael Bloomberg wil enter the 2012 race:
Koch – a Democrat who endorsed George W. Bush in 2004 and has backed Obama for reelection – said he believes Bloomberg should mount a presidential bid to address the “lack of leadership” in Washington.
“I believe there is a major chance of a third party winning and I would like to see him pursue it for 2012,” Koch said. “What I believe he offers is independence and money to finance a campaign and to be president.”
Bloomberg has ruled out a campaign about as definitively as possible, but as we write in our piece, he’s also moving to reclaim the sensible-D.C.-outsider niche in national politics that he has used to substantial effect in the past.