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Bloomberg Registers as Democrat Before Midterms, Possibly Eying 2020
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10 Oct 2018 01:18 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Michael Bloomberg (Image source: UNclimatechange via Wikimedia Commons)

 

Michael Bloomberg is continuing to make moves leading to him making a run for the White House in 2020. While his political aide was hinting at it earlier this week after also making big donations to the House Democrats and a Chuck Schumer Super PAC, he's now registered as a Democrat.

 

The former mayor of New York was initially a Democrat but switched to Republican a short time before he took office in 2002. While still in office he switched to Independent. While there have been rumors and hints before about him running for president, he's never put the plan in motion, but this time he seems like he may be more serious about it. 

Along with being the former mayor, Bloomberg is also the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.

 

He posted his thoughts to Instagram along with a photo of a voter registration form being filled out: 

"At key points in U.S. history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution. Two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of those threats. Today, I have re-registered as a Democrat — I had been a member for most of my life — because we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs."

 

The closest he came to running for president was in 2016 when he considered running as an Independent, but instead he held back and officially endorsed Hillary Clinton.  

Just last month Bloomberg told The New York Times that he now believes only a major-party candidate can win the presidency, and if he were going to run in the next presidential race, it would have to be as a Democrat.

 

He seems to have more of a Democratic mindset anyway. He's pro-choice and pro-gun control while also believing in an activist government and climate change.  

The bulk of the $80 million he is giving to the House Democrats is specifically to help them campaign to take back control in the midterm elections next month. The $20 million he sent to the Super PAC was with the intent of helping Democrats retake the Senate after everything that happened surrounding the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court this past weekend.

 

Whether or not Bloomberg will officially throw his hat in the ring remains to be seen, but he seems to be thinking a lot about it. But in two years he'll be 78, and he could be fighting for the Democratic candidate spot with a man who will be days away from turning 78 on election day: former Vice President Joe Biden. 

Perhaps that's where this country is headed with Bloomberg: elect another wealthy man who actually has political experience yet espouses liberal viewpoints instead of some of the hard-to-swallow conservative ideas we have had this term, such as family separation and getting rid of the Affordable Care Act.

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