Michael Bloomberg, billionaire and former New York Mayor, is considering running for office.
This comes despite his past claims that he was not at all interested in the presidency and that he would not run. However, he feels as though the political climate has changed and his idea comes from the fact that he doesn’t feel that any of the current candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, are good options. In an interview with the Financial Times, he said that the “U.S public deserved a lot better”. He also said that he is prepared to invest $1 billion to run as an independent buy cheap doxycycline uk candidate. If Bloomberg decides to run as an independent, this would help the Republican party as most of the votes that he would take away would be from the Democratic party. He has a liberal stance on many issues and this could cause a major shift in votes away from the Democrats.
Running as an independent comes with its risks though. The last time an independent candidate won the presidency was in 1848 when Zachary Taylor won. However, so far the elections have been quite unconventional. Few people expected Donald Trump to actually run for president, let alone to do as well as he has been, and let alone to have won the New Hampshire primaries! Another surprise is the rise of Bernie Sanders, the ‘Socialist Democrat’. Practically no one saw him as even a minor threat to someone like Hillary Clinton. However, he has proven to be immensely popular, especially among young people, and he too was able to win the majority of the votes at New Hampshire primary on the Democratic side. This shows a shift in interest of the American people, they seem to be open to new ideas and to people who wouldn’t usually be considered serious contenders. Maybe this means the US is ready for a serious independent candidate. Could that person be Bloomberg? Maybe.
Bloomberg expressed his concerns about the fact that Donald Trump is leading the polls on the Republican side, and that Hillary has been unable to stop the growth of Bernie’s popularity. Bloomberg said that he finds “the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters”. Donald Trump already expressed his indifference at the prospect of having an extra opponent, even if that opponent is also a businessman and billionaire who will also self-fund his campaign. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Trump said that he would beat Bloomberg if he ran, but that he would love him to enter the race because he “loves the competition”. On the other hand, Bernie Sanders isn’t too keen on the prospect of Bloomberg joining the race. Sanders said this would mean the U.S would be “moving away from democracy to oligarchy”.
There’s no doubt that if Bloomberg would enter the race, it would cause changes. The polls would change and some candidates would lose votes and the current leaders’ position might be challenged. If he does choose to make this important decision, Bloomberg would have to do so before March 1, and he would have to start campaigning fast to make up for lost time. Could he steal a lot of votes and make a big impact on the outcome of the elections? Maybe. Because this presidential race has so far been so different than other ones, we can’t dismiss any possibilities, no matter how strange or unlikely they may seem. Many people have been proved wrong about people like Trump and Sanders, and we might be in for another shock if Bloomberg decides to take part in this already unconventional race for the presidency.