Mayor Michael Bloomberg: ‘We Have to Get Behind the President’

Aug 10, 2011 8:59am

The majority of Americans say that the president doesn’t deserve another term – but for Mayor Mike Bloomberg that doesn’t matter.

“For better or worse no matter what your political persuasion is, the president is our president. We have to get behind the president,” he told me on “GMA.”

“He is the one that leads congress, he is the one that sets the policies, he is the one that represents the country around the world and he needs our support.”

I’ve spoken to political pros who say 2012 is the year an Independent could run and win the White House.  Bloomberg – who already said he wouldn’t enter the race – doesn’t agree.

“No, the deck is stacked for one of the two major Party candidates will be elected,” he said. “And there can always be a third party candidate. But in the end if you take a look at what happened in the last election, and when people talk about third party candidates and say ‘Well they don’t have a chance so I got to go and pick the lesser of two evils of the major parties.’”

That’s not what he was saying in 2008 when he wrote in a New York Times op-ed that he believes “an independent can win the presidency.”

And heading into this election an overwhelming number of Americans – 84% – say they are angry or dissatisfied with Washington, per a New York Times/ CBS News poll. Everyone is looking to blame someone else, Bloomberg said, and he has no sympathy for it.

“In downturns everybody is angry. And we’re in a society today where we have to blame somebody, but the blame is all of us…Elect somebody else if you don’t like the government,” he said.

“We spend, George, all our time looking back. We want to blame people for the mortgage problems rather than figure out how to fix it. We want to blame people for undocumented here rather than figuring out what’s an intelligent immigration policy,” he said.

Watch my interview here:

George Stephanopoulos

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