Bloomberg Dips Toe In Presidential Primary Waters

Bloomberg Dips Toe In Presidential Primary Waters

Bloomberg Dips Toe In Presidential Primary Waters

Bloomberg publicly entertained a 2020 bid earlier this year, traveling the country to meet with voters and determine whether a run was possible.

He doesn't know Bloomberg all that well, but he knows him "well enough" to know he "doesn't have the magic" to do well.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a file photo.

Asked about Bloomberg in a Fox News Channel interview, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said Trump "has got the results to show that he's doing great things for the American people, so it doesn't matter who ends up running against him - the president will win".

Mr. Bloomberg had been a lifelong Democrat before joining the Republican Party prior to running for mayor in 2001.

Despite his personal wealth for use in campaign funding, Bloomberg would likely face a hard road to getting on primary voters' radar at this late date.

"The (Democratic) party in this primary process has been pulled toward ... the more progressive wing, to the Elizabeth Warrens, to the Bernie Sanders people, who they identify as populists more than Democrats", she said. As The Times and Politico pointed out, Bloomberg hasn't officially announced a decision to run but is filing to ensure he will be on the ballot in every primary state if he does run.

"There's nobody I'd rather run against than little Michael", Trump said. "He is the foil".

The odds are actually good that Bloomberg's presence in the race could help Warren and Sanders immensely, not only by cutting into Biden's support (particularly among donors, financial-sector elites, and "centrist" opinion-leaders) but giving them an ever-present symbol of corporate politics to demonize.

But in the past he's ruled himself out because he thought Americans wouldn't vote for a billionaire NY businessman.

He has used some of his fortune to back Democratic politicians and fund policies that he believes in - including the fight against climate change and anti-vaping efforts.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a prominent Biden supporter, told NPR that Bloomberg "would be a fine president" but worries that Bloomberg and Biden would split the moderate vote if the mayor entered the race. Which is more important: having relevant experience or billions of dollars?

There is no filing requirement for a candidate to run in the Iowa caucuses, which are a series of Democratic Party meetings, not state-run elections.

Bloomberg has switched between the Republican and Democratic parties over the years and also served as an independent mayor. The other top-tier candidates have glaring weaknesses that have deepened Democrats' sense of anxiety as well. It means a candidate can enter the race for the February 3 leadoff contest at any time.

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