Monday, 10 December, 2018

Michael Bloomberg Registers As Democrat As He Mulls 2020 Presidential Bid

Michael Bloomberg the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Climate Action speaks during the plenary session of the Global Action Climate Summit in San Francisco Michael Bloomberg changes party affiliation, re-registers as Democrat
Steven Clarke | 12 October, 2018, 21:28

Billionaire media mogul and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday he had changed his voter registration to Democrat, fueling speculation he will run for president in 2020.

Bloomberg announced his new political affiliation in an Instagram post, warning that Democrats are "so badly" needed to keep the government in check.

In June, Bloomberg reportedly said at a fundraiser that he's "revving up" for 2020.

Mr. Bloomberg, formally an independent, has changed parties several times over the past two decades.

Among his personal projects of interest is gun control, one of the most contentious issues in the United States.

The idea now, of course, is that Bloomberg will run for president in 2020, and that he'll do so as a Democrat.

Bloomberg told Buzzfeed News this week that "elections are about swings".

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While in City Hall in New York, Bloomberg was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2004 and 2008.

"At key points in US history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution", Bloomberg writes.

Last week, Bloomberg announced he would give $20 million to the main Democratic Senate super PAC. He served as mayor from 2002 to 2013.

He won the city's 2001 mayoral election running as a Republican, and was re-elected in 2005. "Two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of those threats", Bloomberg said in a statement posted to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

"If he did (run as a Democrat), he'd be a formidable candidate", Frost told VOA.

FILE - Hundreds of demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge to call for tougher gun control laws, June 14, 2014, in NY.

"I'm working on this November 6 election, and after that I'll take a look at it", he told the Times.

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