Michael Bloomberg Won't Run For President

Associated Press

Associated Press

The former New York Mayor announced Tuesday he had opted against campaigning as a 2020 candidate, ending months of speculation.

"As I've thought about a possible presidential campaign, the choice before me has become clear", Mr Bloomberg in a 1,400-word article outlining his thinking. But 20 states is not enough, and we can't stop now given the risks to our country.

"Many people have urged me to run", he said in an article on the Bloomberg news website. Writing in an opinion piece for Bloomberg News, the billionaire businessman said he knew he might never win the Democratic nomination and would instead "double down" on his existing work, adding he'd be launching a new campaign called "Beyond Carbon". At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, I said: "New Yorkers know a con when we see one". He's consulting several top advisers to former President Barack Obama, including David Plouffe, the architect of Obama's 2008 campaign, data guru Dan Wagner and Mitch Stewart, Obama's battlefield-states director.

This will include "Beyond Carbon", a grassroots effort to begin moving America as quickly as possible away from oil and gas and toward a 100%-clean-energy economy. Advisers said he concluded he could accomplish more through his political activism and philanthropic work and by focusing on such issues as gun violence, opioid addiction, and climate change. Trump tweeted in response: ""'(Crooked) Hillary Clinton confirms she will not run in 2020, rules out a third bid for White House.' Aw-shucks, does that mean I won't get to run against her again?

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Bloomberg also founded Everytown for Gun Safety, the nonprofit advocacy group originally known as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which has focused on requiring universal background checks for firearms purchases.

A former Republican and independent, Bloomberg would have run as a more moderate candidate among the progressives who now dominate the 12-member field, which so far largely consists of sitting US senators.

A NY politician with ten times the personal wealth of Donald Trump will not run against him for president.

Bloomberg then went on to cite numerous major problems in the country, all of which have been, in his opinion, more effectively combatted with grassroots efforts than with any legislative effort from D.C. He predicted the Green New Deal would fail to pass in the Senate, but declared that "Mother Nature does not wait on our political calendar, and neither can we".

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