An adviser to Mayor Bloomberg
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who might launch his own independent presidential bid, on Monday defended Ralph Nader's right to seek the White House.
"This business of Ralph Nader being a spoiler — you know, in any three-way race, two of the three are going to be spoilers," Bloomberg said. "Come on. Everybody's got a right to do it — you're not spoiling anything."
"If people want to vote for you, let them vote for you, and why shouldn't they?" he added.
The billionaire mayor denies he is exploring his own presidential bid, but aides and operatives have been working behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for an independent campaign.
Without the need to raise money, Bloomberg has been able to delay a decision much longer than most candidates.
Many Bloomberg watchers have been eyeing March 5 — next Wednesday — as a key date in his timetable because it is the first day that he would be able to start a petition drive to get on the ballot in Texas, which has one of the earliest deadlines and some of the toughest requirements for independents.
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