Michael Bloomberg Reportedly Preparing to Run for President

Cheryl Sanders
November 8, 2019

Howard Wolfson, a close adviser to Bloomberg, told The New York Times on Thursday that the former New York mayor is growing tired of the current crop of Democratic candidates who are running for president.

Bloomberg would be the second person to serve as mayor of NY to run for the Democratic nomination this year.

Bloomberg sent staffers to Alabama to get signatures to qualify for the state's primary, the report also said.

Bloomberg has outspokenly opposed President Donald Trump and his policies since the 2016 campaign, calling him a "dangerous demagogue" in his endorsement of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. That could present a major threat to former Vice President Joe Biden, who's been falling in the polls and trailing in fundraising. "He is the foil".

In an interview with "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan in late October, Bloomberg expressed his reservations about the Democratic field.

A Bloomberg adviser says the former mayor has not made a final decision on whether to run. Bloomberg, he said, has grown uneasy about the existing trajectory of the Democratic primary.

The former businessman has now apparently decided 2020 may be the right time because, in his view, the current crop of Democratic contenders don't have a winning message against President Trump. The Alabama primary takes place on 3 March. "That's not something any Democrat would want", a Bloomberg insider said.

A spokesman for the Arkansas Democratic Party said a person representing a "mystery candidate" reached out Thursday afternoon asking about the requirements to join the ballot in the state. He seriously considered a 2020 campaign, travelling to early voting states and conducting extensive polling, but ultimately passed in part because of Biden's expected strength in the field. It means a candidate can enter the race for the February 3 leadoff contest at any time.

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