BREAKING: Yet Another Democrat Has Entered The 2020 Race
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According to The New York Times, Michael Bloomberg is planning on entering the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary and will submit his paperwork this week.
"Michael R. Bloomberg is actively preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary and is expected to file paperwork this week designating himself as a candidate in at least one state with an early filing deadline, people briefed on Mr. Bloomberg’s plans said," The Times reports.
Bloomberg formerly served as the mayor of New York City and is also a billionaire businessman. It has been unclear if he would run for President in the past, but this new report strongly suggests that he plans on jumping into the race. Bloomberg recently sent his staffers to the state of Alabama where they gained signatures so he could qualify for the primary in the state. Alabama's deadline for presidential candidates ends on Friday.
Check out what The New York Times reported:
Mr. Bloomberg called a number of prominent Democrats on Thursday to tell them he was seriously considering the race, including former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the retired majority leader who remains a dominant power broker in the early caucus state.
Mr. Reid said in a brief interview that Mr. Bloomberg had not explicitly said he was running for president but that the implication of the call had been clear.
Should Mr. Bloomberg proceed with a campaign, it could represent a seismic disruption in the Democratic race. With his immense personal wealth, centrist views and close ties to the political establishment, he would present a grave and instantaneous threat to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has been struggling to raise money and assemble a ideologically moderate coalition.
But Mr. Bloomberg, 77, would likely face a difficult path in a Democratic primary largely defined so far by debates about economic inequality. His presence in the race would offer fodder to the party’s rising populist wing, led by Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who contend that the extremely rich already wield far too much influence in politics. And his mayoral record, including his support for stop-and-frisk policing and his championing of charter schools, has the potential to alienate pillars of the Democratic Party’s political base.
Bernie Sanders' campaign manager, Faiz Shakir scoffed at the news: “More billionaires seeking more political power surely isn’t the change America needs,” he Shakir said in an email.
Bloomberg's advisor, Howard Wolfson has also spoken out, criticizing President Trump for his "unprecedented threat to our nation."
“We now need 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 said. “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.”
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