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Mike Bloomberg Watch: Hmm, hints it's on again

January 10, 2008 |  4:50 am

The off-again-maybe-on-again-maybe-I'm-not-saying-today possible, maybe presidential candidacy of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg took on some more credibility during the night.

Associates of the mayor told the Associated Press that Bloomberg, a billionaire several times over, has begun an expensive cross-country detailed polling and sophisticated voter analysis in all 50 states as part of his careful, not-so-secret consideration of a White House bid, presumably as an independent.

"They want a hard-headed sense of their chances," Doug Schoen told the AP. He was in charge of Bloomberg's voter database efforts, or microtargeting, for his two campaigns for mayor.

A Bloomberg spokesman declined to comment, which, of course, only heightens the New York media interest in the potential candidacy.

As if two New Yorkers running to run the country wasn't enough.

--Andrew Malcolm

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