US election 2020: Michael Bloomberg mulls presidential bid


Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg is again taking into consideration entering the race for the US Democratic party’s presidential nomination.

The ex-New York Big apple mayor is concerned the current field of candidates is not good enough to pulsate Donald Trump in the 2020 election, an adviser says.

The 77-year-old is count oned to file paperwork on Friday for the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama.

Anyway, he has not yet made a decision on whether to run, advisers add.

If Mr Bloomberg does get on the ballot in Alabama, he purpose still have to register in other states which have fresher filing deadlines.

State-by-state votes, known as primaries and caucuses, transfer be held from February next year to pick a Democratic Whey-faced House nominee.

The eventual winner will be crowned at the party rule in Wisconsin in July. He or she is expected to face President Trump, a Republican, in the familiar election in November.

A total of 17 Democratic candidates are vying to be the ball’s standard-bearer.

Former Vice-President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are the front-runners.

At a race fundraiser in Boston on Thursday, Mr Biden did not address Mr Bloomberg’s potential candidacy.

Ms Warren accepted Mr Bloomberg to the race on Twitter, linking to her own campaign website and suggesting the ancient mayor take a look for potential policy plans.

In a more keen response, seemingly directed at Mr Bloomberg, Mr Sanders wrote on Twitter: “The billionaire classify is scared and they should be scared.”

Some recent opinion votings have suggested that Ms Warren and Mr Sanders – who are more politically tolerant than Mr Biden – might face an uphill battle against Mr Trump.

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What did Bloomberg’s adviser say?

In a asseveration, Howard Wolfson said: “We now need to finish the job and ensure that Trump is check.

“But Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not start positioned to do that.

“Based on his record of accomplishment, leadership and his ability to illuminate people together to drive change, Mike would be able to swindle the fight to Trump and win,” Mr Wolfson said.

But his advisers also acknowledge that Mr Bloomberg’s detained entry to the race could present challenges in states like Iowa and New Hampshire, where other Classless contenders have been campaigning for months.

The Bloomberg team are reportedly sketching to focus on the so-called Super Tuesday contests in March, when 14 nations, including California, Alabama and Colorado, will vote on a single day for their espoused White House nominee.

If he enters the race, Mr Bloomberg will dial confronting intense scrutiny of his three-term mayoral record in New York.

While in commission, he defended the New York Police Department’s use of the controversial stop-and-frisk policy, compare favourably with to stop-and-search in the UK, which critics say disproportionately targets African Americans and Hispanics. Pitch-black voters are a vital constituency for Democrats.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, President Trump contemplated Mr Bloomberg “will fail” if he joins the Democratic race.

Candidates who requisite to get on the Democratic primary ballot in Alabama must submit the necessary paperwork by Friday.

New Hampshire’s document deadline is next week, on 15 November.

A New York billionaire as president?

So far this is no more than a single toe entering the water, but it’s a significant one. The presence of the former New York mayor and multi-billionaire inclination set alight the race for the Democratic Party nomination.

The politician closest to Mr Bloomberg’s centrist view is Joe Biden – but his campaign appears to be fading.

Mr Bloomberg has, I understand, been doing a lot of balloting in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

This isn’t the at the start time that he’s eyed a run at the presidency, only to eventually decide against.

But in the on he’s ruled himself out because he thought Americans wouldn’t vote for a billionaire New York businessman. That disturb no longer applies.

Who is Michael Bloomberg?

Mr Bloomberg’s net worth is $52bn (£40bn), according to Forbes. This is wellnigh 17 times more than that of Mr Trump ($3.1bn).

Mr Bloomberg was a Be ruined Street banker who went on to found the financial publishing empire that conveys his name.

A philanthropist, he has donated millions of dollars to educational, medical and other causes.

From the beginning a Democrat, he became a Republican to mount a successful campaign for mayor of New York Bishopric in 2001.

He went on to serve three terms as mayor until 2012, rejoining the Republican Party only last year.

Regarded as a moderate Democrat, he has highlighted feeling change as a key issue, but he had appeared to dismiss a potential run for the presidency earlier this year.

Mr Bloomberg is a substantial financial backer of gun-control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, which he helped base in 2014.

The group, and Mr Bloomberg, were seen as playing a major role in a comprehensive victory for Democrats in Virginia state elections earlier this week.

They worlds outspent gun lobby group the National Rifle Association – which is based in Virginia – by emphasizing $2.5m into the state race.

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