Bloomberg: 'I would've run if I thought there was a chance'

Bloomberg: 'I would've run if I thought there was a chance'
© Greg Nash

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he decided not to run for president in 2016 because he did not believe he could win, especially on an independent ticket, he told “60 Minutes” on Sunday.

“If I thought we could win, or had a reasonable chance, I would have done it."

But, "It would be totally unlikely, very unlikely that an independent could win,” Bloomberg added.

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He reasoned that he would run as an independent because of his trouble finding a solid base within either party.

“And in my case, I was mayor for a long time. People know where I stand. I couldn't pretend to be something I'm not. For the Republicans, I'm pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-immigration. That's a good start there. You'll never get their nomination,” he said.

“On the Democratic side, I believe in teacher evaluation. The big banks, we need to help them rather than just keep tryin' to tear them down. Those are not particularly things that will help you get the nomination” from the left. 

Bloomberg dismissed a future bid for the Oval Office, citing his age.

“Well, I'm 75 years old. It'd be an age issue, I suppose," he said. "I’ve got plenty of things to do. And maybe I'll run for president of my block association, but not much more than that."

Bloomberg publicly denounced Trump during the campaign, calling him a “con man” at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last summer. 

“I’m a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one!” Bloomberg said.

But he told "60 Minutes" that he called to congratulate his fellow New Yorker after he won the election. 

“We joked about my speech in Philadelphia. And before he finished the conversation, he gave me his personal phone number, his cellphone. I haven't called him, so I don't know if -- whether he'd answer it now. But ... I hope he does a good job,” Bloomberg added.

Bloomberg is still involved in the political arena, speaking out about “dirty fuel” like coal as a danger to the environment and pushing efforts for gun control.