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Declined to run The following people were the focus of presidential speculation in past media reports, but ultimately decided not to run as independent candidates.
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, (Draft movement)
Lou Dobbs, broadcast journalist and commentator, of New Jersey 
Ralph Nader, attorney, Consumer advocate, and perennial presidential candidate of Connecticut
Ron Paul, U.S. Representative, of Texas
Bernie Sanders, Senator, of Vermont.
Donald Trump, businessman and television personality, of New York
Jesse Ventura, former Governor of Minnesota