An independent bid “is possible,” Hagel, 60, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Political Capital with Al Hunt, scheduled to air today. “I don’t ever foreclose any options.”
(Hagel Says He Would Consider Presidential Run as an Independent – Bloomberg.com – 5/5/07.)
“I am a Republican. I believe I will continue to be a Republican.”
In fact, as noted here on Leavenworth Street, aNewsweek story back in February said that Hagel dismissed a scenario of running for the White House as an Independent as “ludicrous”.
Regarding the issue of his footsy-ish dinner at The Palm in Washington, D.C. with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the article said:
…they talked about their families, politics and Iraq, and there was no discussion about teaming up for a presidential campaign. “We have a lot of common interests,” he said. “But no, there was no talk of any ticket.”
Meeting for a high-profile dinner with another proposed Presidential candidate.
Changing his position on whether he’d run as an Independent.
Well, we guess he’s leaving his options open…