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SEATTLE — Michael R. 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. A political group he controls will soon begin spending heavily in three Republican-held districts in Southern California, attacking conservative candidates for their stances on abortion, guns and the environment.
The article goes on to state the following:
At events across the West Coast and Nevada in recent days, Mr. Bloomberg, who was elected mayor as a Republican and an independent, denounced his former party in sharp terms. He urged audiences in Seattle and San Francisco to punish Republicans who oppose gun control or reject climate science. And in Las Vegas on Sunday he called on Democrats to seize command of the political center and win over Americans “who voted Republican in 2016.”
But Mr. Bloomberg’s aspirations appear to run well beyond dismantling Republicans’ House majority, and he is taking steps that advisers acknowledge are aimed in part at testing his options for 2020.
The New York Times also reported:
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. He gave as an example Charlie Rose, the disgraced television anchor who for years broadcast his eponymous talk show from the offices of Mr. Bloomberg’s company.
“The stuff I read about is disgraceful — I don’t know how true all of it is,” Mr. Bloomberg said of the #MeToo movement. Raising Mr. Rose unprompted, he said: “We never had a complaint, whatsoever, and when I read some of the stuff, I was surprised, I will say. But I never saw anything and we have no record, we’ve checked very carefully.”
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 17, 2018
News: Mike Bloomberg tells @alexburnsNYT he may run for President in 2020 & would do so as a Dem. But his provocative comments about #MeToo (“You know, is it true?” he says of Charlie Rose allegations) & stop and frisk may not please liberals. https://t.co/r9HXjhEgq3
— Patrick Healy (@patrickhealynyt) September 17, 2018
the Bloomberg 2020 chatter has seriously ramped up among Dem $ types in NY over recent weeks, but when his first comment on #MeToo is, “The stuff I read about is disgraceful—I don’t know how true all of it is” ………. https://t.co/LRxxP13mTm
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) September 17, 2018
Remember this shit if Michael Bloomberg thinks it’s a good idea to run for president. “‘The stuff I read about is disgraceful — I don’t know how true all of it is,’ Mr. Bloomberg said of the #MeToo movement.” https://t.co/nBFPK1nXyF
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) September 17, 2018
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