Bloomberg calls for 'middle way,' sparking more 2012 talk

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (I) presidential denials appear less convincing by the day. 

On Wednesday, Bloomberg laid out a platform for job creation in remarks that could easily double as a campaign stump speech.

While touting New York City's economic progress under his leadership, Bloomberg slammed "ideologues" on both the left and the right for pursuing partisan solutions rather than coming together to solve economic problems. 

"The economic policies that we have pursued to drive this growth have been neither left nor right, liberal nor conservative," Bloomberg said in prepared remarks. "Despite what ideologues on the left believe, government cannot tax and spend its way back to prosperity, especially when that spending is driven by pork barrel politics."

He continued: "At the same time, despite what ideologues on the right believe, government should not stand aside and wait for the business cycle to run its natural course. That would be intolerable, given the enormous unemployment we face and the worsening job prospects for the 15 million people who are trying to find work." 

The mayor called for state and federal lawmakers to chart "a middle way" in setting economic policy. 

"We need our federal and state governments to chart a middle way — between a government that would wash its hands of the problem and one that seeks to supplant the private sector; between a government that would stand on the sidelines and one that would take over the game." 

Bloomberg's remarks came at a breakfast hosted by a New York business group and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. 

A recent poll showed a Bloomberg candidacy in 2012 could actually aid President Obama's reelection effort as the independent mayor continues to deny any interest in a presidential bid. 

The perfect scenario for Bloomberg, according to one Democratic consultant: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin runs in 2012 and somehow manages to win the nomination, while a still stagnant economy keeps Obama's approval ratings, particularly among independents, in the tank. 

That could mean a gaping hole in the center of the electorate that Bloomberg can spend hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money courting with an independent White House bid. 

Bloomberg's also not the only New York billionaire mulling a presidential run. Real estate mogul Donald Trump said again Tuesday that he's "seriously considering" a 2012 bid.