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Moderates To Meet Amid Bloomberg Speculation

January 7, 2008

by Jeff Franks

NORMAN, Oklahoma (Reuters) – Leading U.S. moderates who blame political partisanship for the country’s woes will gather in Oklahoma on Monday in a meeting widely viewed as further laying the groundwork for a presidential run by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The group of mostly former public officials from both parties is expected to urge Republican and Democratic candidates to forsake what they view as political extremism and partisanship in favor of more centrist policies.

“Partisan polarization is preventing us from uniting to meet the challenges that we must face if we are to prevent further erosion of America’s power of leadership,” lead organizers former senators David Boren and Sam Nunn said in a statement.

Despite their high-minded pronouncement, speculation is rampant that the meeting’s primary purpose is to put the spotlight on Bloomberg.

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