Bloomberg backtracks to consider 2020 Dem primary, biggest challenge to come from the left
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly positioning himself to enter the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, which speaks volumes about the lackluster field of candidates and their chances to defeat President Donald Trump.
The potential move not only speaks volumes about the growing possibility that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., may be the party’s nominee, but could be an early sign of the expected failure of the Democratic Party’s impeachment efforts.
After declaring in March that he was too old and would not run, a spokesperson said Bloomberg , 77, is backtracking and preparing a potential White House run — while a formal decision has not been made, the billionaire is set to file in Alabama to meet an early deadline — the state will vote on March 3.
Howard Wolfson, Bloomberg’s spokesman, said the former mayor of New York City is looking to “finish the job and ensure that Trump is defeated.”
“But Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well positioned to do that,” Wolfson told The New York Times. “If Mike runs he would offer a new choice to Democrats built on a unique record running America’s biggest city, building a business from scratch and taking on some of America’s toughest challenges as a high-impact philanthropist.”
In pointing to his record, Wolfson said Bloomberg “would be able to take the fight to Trump and win.”
Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, wasted little time in highlighting why Bloomberg may feel the need to get into the race.
“Biden is a disaster, Warren can’t keep her heritage or health care plan straight, and Bernie is a self-avowed socialist. No wonder yet another Democrat feels the need to run!” she tweeted.
Biden is a disaster, Warren can’t keep her heritage or health care plan straight, and Bernie is a self-avowed socialist.
No wonder *yet another* Democrat feels the need to run!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 8, 2019
Back in March, Bloomberg announced in an editorial that he would not run.
“As I’ve thought about a possible presidential campaign, the choice before me has become clear,” he said. “Should I devote the next two years to talking about my ideas and record, knowing that I might never win the Democratic nomination? Or should I spend the next two years doubling down on the work that I am already leading and funding, and that I know can produce real and beneficial results for the country, right now.”
“And I have concluded that, for now, the best way for me to help our country is by rolling up my sleeves and continuing to get work done,” he added.
Below is a clip of Bloomberg saying, “To start a four-year job, or maybe an eight-year job, at age 79 may not be the smartest thing to do.”
He also took a shot at the progressive left in saying he didn’t see a path to getting the nomination “unless I was willing to change all my views and go on what CNN called ‘an apology tour.’”
Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg in March of this year said that he was *too old* to run for president and that he would not be successful “unless I was willing to change all my views and go on what CNN called ‘an apology tour’” pic.twitter.com/ENu1DMSims
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 7, 2019
Given the Democratic Party’s hard-left base, Bloomberg may not be seen as the ideal candidate, though his entry may spell doom for former Vice President Joe Biden, who has positioned himself as the more moderate candidate in a crowded field.
Case in point:
Stop-And-Frisk Bloomberg has a hard way to go when it comes to Black and Brown people, who he thought it was ok to profile! #Bloomberg
— Leslie Wimes (@womenonthemove1) November 8, 2019
It would be more honest, and Bloomberg might even do better, if he ran for president as a Republican. This oligarch ran New York City while defending the racist and ineffective police practice of “stop-and-frisk.” Good luck winning a Democratic primary. https://t.co/LHXZUFav9c
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 7, 2019
Bloomberg just changed his party registration in October from independent back to Democrat — a life-long Democrat until 2001, Bloomberg switched to Republican in his first mayoral election, only to leave the GOP in 2007 to become an independent.
Republican National Committee spokesman Steve Guest in a statement that his entry magnifies a “weak Democrat field.”
‘Really? Another one?” Guest said in the release. “The fact that Michael Bloomberg feels the need to run for president underscores the weak Democrat field and shows that Democrats know they can’t compete with President Trump in 2020.”
In a tweet, Guest detailed some of Bloomberg’s virtues.
He tweeted: “The fact that Michael Bloomberg feels the need to run for president underscores the weak Democrat field and shows that Democrats know they can’t compete with [Trump] in 2020.”
The fact that Michael Bloomberg feels the need to run for president underscores the weak Democrat field and shows that Democrats know they can’t compete with @realDonaldTrump in 2020. pic.twitter.com/iRld3Js8gs
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) November 7, 2019
Warren responded to the news by attacking Bloomberg for his wealth.
Warren campaign just sent out this email. “news broke that Michael Bloomberg — one of the first billionaires to attack Elizabeth’s plan for a wealth tax — is taking steps to enter the Democratic primary for president in 2020.
The wealthy and well connected are scared” pic.twitter.com/tTFmiZOmyq
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) November 8, 2019
As did Sen. Bernie Sanders:
The billionaire class is scared and they should be scared.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 7, 2019
Bloomberg reportedly spent $80 million on the 2018 midterm election and aides said in March that even if he did not enter the race, Bloomberg was willing to spend up to $500 million to defeat Trump.
When it comes to the reaction to Bloomberg possibly entering the race, there seems to be a common theme:
Democrats are in absolute turmoil. What a circus.
— Matt Pizzano (@Pizzano_82) November 7, 2019
— America 🇺🇸 (@BlairAllen) November 7, 2019
It seems clear that Bloomberg’s biggest obstacle will come from the left, who are not excited about him getting into the race:
Bloomberg hates the idea of paying more in taxes that would benefit millions of other Americans.
He’s fine with the idea of throwing tens of millions of dollars into a garbage bin by running for President.
Billionaire bullshit at its finest. https://t.co/M7H4CXqxBT
— Victor LaValle (@victorlavalle) November 8, 2019
The most infuriating thing about Bloomberg running for President is the thought of all the ways his $53 BILLION net worth could improve American life.
Bloomberg wants to tell you he's already giving back more than enough.
Fuck the system that lets him be the one to decide that.
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) November 8, 2019
— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) November 8, 2019
News In Brief: Bloomberg will use his billions to run for president to try and stop Elizabeth Warren from taxing his billions.
— Will Tooke (@willtooketv) November 7, 2019