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Problem: The rumor that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was going to run for president became repetitive and tedious.
Solution: Promulgate so many different rumors about Bloomberg that each one seems fresh and exciting.
Besides the presidency, Bloomberg has been rumored to be a running mate for Barack Obama, a candidate for governor in 2010 and now a candidate for reelection as mayor, even though he's term-limited next year. From the New York Daily News :
Aides to Mayor Bloomberg discussed finding a way for the popular mayor to get around term limits so he could seek another four years in City Hall, a source said Saturday.
But while the Bloomberg administration has talked about revising the City Charter on term limits, the mayor has not committed to the idea, the source said.
How did Bloomberg respond? With a denial, of course:
A spokesman for the mayor said Bloomberg promises to abide by the law, which limits elected city officials to two four-year terms in office.
"The mayor is absolutely not seeking a third term," said Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser.
I'll leave it to the Bloombergologists to decide whether "absolutely" is categorical enough.
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