Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (2002-2013) made it public today for the first time that he is considering a 2016 presidential run as an independent. “I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters,” Bloomberg told the Financial Times on Monday. He stated that he was “looking at all the options” when it comes to a potential presidential bid as a third-party candidate.
The New York Times last month wrote that Bloomberg was willing to spend at least $1 billion on his long shot bid for the White House and has asked aides to create a game plan he could use if he committed to the race. March is the reported deadline set by Michael Bloomberg.
Can Michael Bloomberg win? The Electoral College makes that nearly impossible for him to win the needed 270 electoral votes. At one point Michael Bloomberg could of been a credible candidate but his entrance into the gun debate a few years ago likely will hurt him in small states that he could of otherwise flooded with unlimited amount of money. Bloomberg does have a path to victory but it includes killing the Democratic nominee’s chance at victory on election night. Bloomberg will be more competitive in blue states than he will in red states.
He could put New York in play, a safe blue state for Sanders or Clinton could become competitive to the point that the vote is split and the Republican nominee wins the Empire State. Bloomberg could also make a serious bid in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and the New England states. Outside of these states it becomes very tricky for Bloomberg. Would west coast liberals go for a candidate who is pretty conservative on the economy over Clinton and Sanders? Doubtful.
Michael could unleash a furry of TV ads in cheap markets like North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, etc. but in this partisan era it is hard to imagine people from the plains voting for a socially liberal Jewish candidate from New York. Michael Bloomberg should of ran for Governor or the U.S Senate when he had the chance. Andrew Cuomo likely has the job for as long as he wants it and the same applies for the two Democratic U.S Senators.