Bloomberg Considering Third-Party Run for President: Report
Lookout Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg may consider running for president as a independent.
While details are scarce, Bloomberg’s team has made it clear that a final decision will be reached by March.
The Hill reports:
If Bloomberg were to run, one plan would have him give a “series of detailed policy speeches” and hit the airwaves with an aggressive push to boost his name recognition and frame him as a “technocratic problem-solver and self-made businessman who understands the economy and who built a bipartisan administration in New York.”
The paper previously reported that Bloomberg polled how he’d stack up in a three-way brawl against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and Republican leader Donald Trump, and now says he will poll again after the New Hampshire primary.
Bloomberg has said he’d be more likely to run if Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic nomination and either Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz won the Republican nomination.
Ed Rendell, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told the Times that he’d “take a look” at backing Bloomberg in that hypothetical situation.
The pledge to spend $1 billion of his fortune could upend the race and potentially pit two of the wealthiest candidates in modern times against each other.
Trump, aslo a billionaire, has said he’s self-funding his campaign and would be willing to aggressively ramp up the spending. But so far, that hasn’t been necessary as he’s received donations without solicitation and has dominated most polls without much spending.
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