Published: Fri, November 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Michael Bloomberg again eyeing 2020 presidential bid

Michael Bloomberg again eyeing 2020 presidential bid

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, is opening the door to a 2020 presidential campaign.

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".

Bloomberg, 77, had considered a run earlier this year but decided not to run and instead support Democratic efforts to regain control in Washington.

News reports said Bloomberg is expected to file candidate paperwork this week in Alabama, where the filing deadline is Friday. The state has an early filing deadline. With his enormous personal wealth, centrist views and close ties to the political establishment, he would present a grave and instantaneous threat to former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been struggling to raise money and assemble a ideologically moderate coalition. Elizabeth Warren, 70, and Bernie Sanders, 78 and recovering from a heart attack, are avowed foes of Wall Street and the wealthy, and have sparked concerns that their policies pull the party too far to the left.

Mr. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman, has been privately weighing a bid for the White House for weeks and has not yet made a final decision on whether to run, an adviser said.

The move is the first clear sign that Bloomberg, long touted as a possible U.S. presidential candidate, is getting ready to battle it out to take on President Donald Trump.

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"Mike would be able to take the fight to Trump and win", Wolfson said.

"He's a literal billionaire entering the race to keep the progressives from winning", said Rebecca Katz, a New York-based liberal Democratic strategist.

With enormous personal wealth, Bloomberg could quickly build out a robust campaign operation across the country.

A former Republican who repeatedly explored running for president as an independent, Bloomberg registered as a Democrat ahead of the midterm elections a year ago.

"Trump will get re-elected if Elizabeth Warren is the nominee". The Alabama primary takes place on 3 March.

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