Report: Mayor Bloomberg encouraged Hillary Clinton to run for mayor of New York

Hillary Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a

Hillary Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference in July 2005. (Credit: Hillary Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference in July 2005. (Getty))

Mayor Mike Bloomberg personally asked Hillary Clinton to run for mayor of the city in 2013, but to no avail, The New York Times reported Monday.

Bloomberg called Clinton months ago to encourage her to join the race, apparently not entirely convinced that any of the current candidates have the gusto and experience to replace him, the Times said.

But, Clinton, who reportedly maintains a close relationship with Bloomberg, unequivocally said she's not interested in the gig, the Times said, citing people who had been briefed on the call.

Bloomberg has long held Clinton in high regard, even inviting her and Bill Clinton to the Times Square ball drop.

Clinton, 65, will not return for another four-year term as secretary of state after holding the position since 2008.

The mayor's office didn't return a request for comment.

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