Bloomberg Blasts Presidential Candidates

010208 bloomberg Bloomberg Blasts Presidential CandidatesMichael Bloomberg made his most direct attack on the presidential candidates today, saying some of them have walked away from their commitments to health care and free trade.

"Domestically, health care, some people, in all fairness, have taken stabs at it. One guy had a plan, we don’t know whether it’ll work but then he walks away from his own plan," Bloomberg said during a Q&A with reporters in City Hall today to announce reductions in teen smoking rates in the city.

"Others just say, ‘I’m going to get more health care for everybody and nobody has to pay,’" he said.

"And you can go right down the list. Congress has been unwilling to come up with an immigration policy that makes some sense. Other than some xenophobic stuff that some people are espousing, which nobody thinks is serious and everybody understands would be terribly damaging to our country."

"Some people are in favor of free trade and then walk away from it. It’s no one candidate. Don’t say Bloomberg is criticizing A, B, or C on either side. It’s all of them. And I think that’s the frustration you see among a lot of independently minded people from both sides and the middle of the aisle, and that’s why I’m thrilled to be asked to participate in the conference in Oklahoma."

The mayor is referring the little get-together in Oklahoma you might have heard about.