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Bloomberg Considering Making a Run for President Again
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9 Oct 2018 05:50 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Michael Bloomberg (Image source: Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York via Wikimedia Commons) 

 

Right now it's a really open field for those interested in running for president in 2020, even for Republicans, as Donald Trump's ability to maintain his position has yet to be seen. One person possibly throwing his hat in the ring — again — is former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg.

 

The 76-year-old succeeded Rudy Giuliani and preceded Bill de Blasio as mayor and was in office from 2002 through 2013. He was initially a Democrat, then switched to Republican just before  he took office. In 2007 he switched to being an Independent. 

While it was thought he may run for president in 2008, he announced a few times that he would not. Despite a committee to draft him, he ruled out running in 2012 as well. In 2016 he confirmed he was considering running but ultimately did not.

 

BuzzFeed News is suggesting that Bloomberg is considering running in 2020. "Elections are about swings," said Kevin Sheekey, the former mayor's political aide. "About time we swing to boring with someone who can rise above the fray to chart a path forward toward greater national unity and mutual understanding." 

It's hard for many third-party candidates to make a serious run financially, but for Bloomberg it wouldn't be so difficult. He wrote an $80 million check to support Democrats in the House and gave $20 million to a Chuck Schumer super

PAC.

 

This earned some praise from Nancy Pelosi. "He understands the public sector, the private sector, and the nonprofit sector, and how to harness the power of all three to drive progress," she said. 

"As mayor of New York, he advanced cutting-edge initiatives that slashed emissions and that set the gold standard for our nation. As a business leader, he appreciates the power of private capital to combat the global climate crisis."

 

But she was far from done. She continued to heap praise on him. "As a philanthropist, his generosity has been a magnet for other philanthropists, to inform the public of what the climate crisis means to them in their lives. 

"As an author and producer, he is building public support for action and bringing the crisis to the forefront of our national and global conversation."

 

Despite being an Independent and a Republican while in office, his political operation is being led by Howard Wolfson,  a former top aide to the Clintons and House Democrats. He's working with House Majority PAC, Planned Parenthood, and EMILY's List. 

He seems more liberal than conservative, believing in abortion rights, an activist government, climate change, and gun control. It seems like you can take the man out of Democrats but not the Democrat out of the man.

 

When he announced he was spreading the money to the Democrats, he said, "Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, have done little to reach across the aisle to craft bipartisan solutions — not only on guns and climate change, but also on jobs, immigration, health care, and infrastructure. As a result, Congress has accomplished very little. 

"In addition, and no less troubling, Congress has essentially stopped acting as a co-equal branch of government by failing to engage in the kind of oversight of the law that the Constitution requires and the public expects."

 

He did call out one particular member of the GOP. "In fairness, some Republicans have taken their constitutional and legislative responsibilities seriously, like my friend John McCain. But too may have been absolutely feckless, including — most disappointingly — the House leadership." 

It seems he's aligning himself with the Democrats, but whether he'd run as a Democrat or retain his Independent title is unknown. But it's also unknown whether he will actually follow through with running this time. He'd be 78 by the time he was elected. Then again, if Joe Biden runs, he'll be a few weeks away from 78.

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