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Bloomberg Decides Not to Run in 2020
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6 Mar 2019 03:57 PM EST

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

 

 

The Democratic challengers to Donald Trump in 2020 are numerous, with both big names and small names in politics. Two of the bigger names have been waiting and hinting they may run, while the field gets more and more populated. While we're still waiting for former Vice President Joe Biden to make a decision, Michael Bloomberg announced his decision to not run in 2020. 

The former mayor of New York City was in office between 2002 and 2013, succeeding Rudy Giuliani. While he was considering running as a Democrat, he's actually spent time as a Republican and Independent as well.

 

This was the fourth time he considered running for president. And for him there probably is not a "next time" after 2020. On Election Day 2020 he'll be 78. However, Biden will be days away from turning 78. Bernie Sanders will be 79. For that matter, Trump will be 74. 

Just before the midterm elections last year he switched back to being a Democrat. He also wrote checks to support Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other Democrats in their elections.

 

He was at least considering heavily at some point that he would make a serious go of running this time, as he held a series of meetings with top Iowa Democrats a few months back.  

Ultimately, though, he decided he could accomplish more as a private citizen than he could on the ticket. Additionally, he believes he'd have a difficult time beating some of the other Democratic candidates, despite knowing he could ultimately win in a showdown with the sitting president.

 

"I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election," Bloomberg said in a statement that was posted on Tuesday. "But I am clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field." 

Instead of running, Bloomberg will fund a new independent political operation to prevent Trump from being reelected. The goal of this operation will be to intensively target and reach out to voters in the swing states for the next year-and-a-half leading up to the election.

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