Bloomberg is a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent. He toyed with the idea of running for president as an independent in 2008, and often criticizes both sides of the aisle for getting caught up in partisanship.
Bloomberg was asked Thursday whether he thought partisan rhetoric contributed to the tragedy.
He said that it appeared to be the work of a deranged gunman, and does not blame "Sarah Palin or any other individual.''
Published at 2:47 PM EST on Jan 13, 2011 | Updated at 3:00 PM EST on Jan 13, 2011