Saturday, January 23, 2016

Former NYC Mayor Eyeing Independend Run For The Presidency...

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Michael R. Bloomberg at City Hall in New York in 2013 on the day before his last day as mayor. The state of play in this year’s presidential election has prompted Mr. Bloomberg to consider a third-party run for the White House. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times        

Interesting and intriguing. Given the circus car that is the GOP field the entry of Bloomberg as an independent presidential candidate would be a welcome and refreshing breath of fresh air. Bloomberg, who is and acts like an adult, certainly has credentials; having served as Mayor of New York City.

Michael R. Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign in this year’s presidential race. His advisers and associates said he was galled by Donald J. Trump’s dominance of the Republican field, and troubled by Hillary Clinton’s stumbles and the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the Democratic side.

Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has in the past contemplated running for the White House on a third-party ticket, but always concluded he could not win. A confluence of unlikely events in the 2016 election, however, has given new impetus to his presidential aspirations.

Mr. Bloomberg, 73, has already taken concrete steps toward a possible campaign, and has indicated to friends and allies that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billion of his fortune on it, according to people briefed on his deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his plans. He has set a deadline for making a final decision in early March, the latest point at which advisers believe Mr. Bloomberg could enter the race and still qualify to appear as an independent candidate on the ballot in all 50 states.

Whether Mayor Bloomberg could win a presidential race is questionable, but if it served to keep Trump, Crux, or Rubio out of the White House it would serve a valuable purpose nonetheless.



Via: Memeorandum


  1. A mainstream republican running as a third party candidate may be the only thing that can save the Republican Party.

    1. Bloomberg, "a longtime Democrat who switched to the Republican Party to seek the NYC mayoralty in 2001" according to CNN, can probably not be considered a Republican. And I think it would be more as Jersey said, Jerry. Rather than save the GOP, a Bloomberg candidacy might "spoilerize" Trump's probably slim chances and really sink the GOP. Not save it.

  2. Bloomberg could seriously disrupt the race, and help throw it to the GOP. I find that prospect a little frightening.


  3. Former Republican Congressperson: "'s an ego thing. That's for sure. I think this is the most ridiculous thing. I don't think this is going to be viewed as legitimate".


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