Mr. Bloomberg spent the day sitting for a deposition in a civil lawsuit, the first time he has done so as mayor. The defamation case against the mayor was brought by a South Carolina gun salesman who claims the mayor spoke ill of him in the press. The deposition lasted the entire workday, and the topics ranged from Mr. Bloomberg's views on the Second Amendment to whether he intended to run for president.
Regarding a possible presidential run, a lawyer for Mr. Bloomberg told him not to state his current plans, but to speak only of his mindset in spring 2006, according to a video of the deposition viewed by The New York Sun.
"I was not planning to run for president then," Mr. Bloomberg said. The 2006 date was used because it was around the time the South Carolina gun dealer, Larry Mickalis, first learned of the statements the mayor made about him, and it is the time frame at issue in the suit.
"I was never at that period of time — in the period I was instructed to be able to answer — considering running for president," Mr. Bloomberg said.