Bloomberg may run for President as a Democrat

Ex-independent Mayor of NY says he now believes only a major-party nominee can win White House
Michael Bloomberg is actively considering a campaign for President as a Democrat in 2020, concluding that it would be his only path to the White House even as he voices stark disagreements with progressives on defining issues, including bank regulation, stop-and-frisk police tactics and the #MeToo movement.
Mr. Bloomberg, 76, a billionaire media executive and former New York City Mayor, has already aligned himself with Democrats in the midterm elections, approving a plan to spend $80 million to flip control of the House of Representatives. After a gun control-themed event in Seattle on Friday, Mr. Bloomberg, who has repeatedly explored running for President as an independent in the past, said in an interview that he now firmly believes only a major-party nominee can win the White House. If he were to run, Mr. Bloomberg said it would be as a Democrat, and he left open the door to changing his party registration in the coming months.
“It’s impossible to conceive that I could run as a Republican — things like choice, so many of the issues, I’m just way away from where the Republican Party is today,” Mr. Bloomberg said
An uncomfortable match
Though he has received a hero’s welcome from Democrats for his role in the midterms, Mr. Bloomberg is plainly an uncomfortable match for a progressive coalition passionately animated by concern for economic inequality and the civil rights of women and minorities. And while Mr. Bloomberg expressed concern about allegations of sexual misconduct that have arisen in the last year, he also voiced doubt about some of them and said only a court could determine their veracity.
“The stuff I read about is disgraceful — I don’t know how true all of it is,” Mr. Bloomberg said of the #MeToo movement.NY Times
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/bloomberg-may-run-for-president-as-a-democrat/article24972205.ece

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