Bloomberg a 2012 No Go

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    Mayor Michael Bloomberg won't be running for president in two years.

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday he has no intention of launching an independent campaign to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.

    The growing conservatism of the Republican Party and Obama’s dwindling support from independents has prompted some pundits to predict that a self-funded independent candidate – such as Bloomberg – could make a strong run.

    But asked about the prospect on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Bloomberg said, “no” he’s not considering a run.

    “I think we should all pull behind Barack Obama,” Bloomberg said. “He’s our president.”

    He also said potential candidates should wait another year before declaring in order to allow Obama some breathing room to govern.

    “If you want to run against him or you want somebody else, then wait for his last year of his term in office,” Bloomberg said. “That's when a campaign should start. But during ... the first three years of his administration, we need a functioning president.”