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No American has ever gone directly from the mayoral office to the Oval Office.

 

Mike Bloomberg is the latest to try.

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BLOOMBERG BASICS

  • 77 years old (4 years older than Pres. Trump, the oldest president to take office in 2017 at age 70).
  • Served 12 years as mayor of America’s largest city, NYC.
  • Politically “fluid”: Previously a democrat before running for NYC mayor as a Republican, and then registering as an independent. Re-registered as a Democrat in October.
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BALLOT ISSUE TO WATCH

Gun control or “gun safety” as Bloomberg references on his website, a passion project after his tenure as NYC mayor.

Founded leading nonprofits advocating for certain gun laws.

Spent more than $100M last year to help elect candidates who support strict gun control policies.

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“I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election. But I am clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field.”

An excerpt from an op-ed Mike Bloomberg wrote back in March. What's changed? He hasn't said. Speculation points to no clear front runner in the Democrat party & concerns about the party's nominees holding far-left policies that could alienate important voters in the general election.
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DID YOU KNOW?

  • NO mayor has ever gone straight from City Hall to the White House.
  • Just three U.S. presidents previously served as mayors.
  • Bloomberg joins three other former mayors in the race: Cory Booker (Newark, NJ), Julián Castro (San Antonio, TX) & Bernie Sanders (Burlington, VT). Pete Buttigieg is the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
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Unconventional

  • Bloomberg will not qualify for the December debate under current rules (without specific amount of donations & poll numbers).
  • He will not campaign heavily in early states like Iowa.
  • Spent record amount on weekly ads: reportedly $31M, topping previous record by Pres. Obama.
  • Working to win “Super Tuesday” when most votes up for grabs.
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While much has been made of the relationship between politicians and news organizations, Mike Bloomberg is the only candidate that actually owns a media company. He is the majority owner of Bloomberg - a financial data and international media company.

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Michael Bloomberg launches Democratic presidential bid
https://apnews.com/583b5e7ecfc84b61b470b5e8e3c4bcab

Forbes: Michale Bloomberg: 
https://www.forbes.com/profile/michael-bloomberg/#430dcf241417

From March 2019: Michael Bloomberg Will Not Run for President in 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/05/us/politics/michael-bloomberg-2020.html?module=inline

Michael Bloomberg to pass on Iowa, New Hampshire, focus on Super Tuesday states in possible presidential bid
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/11/08/michael-bloomberg-presidential-bid-super-tuesday-states/

Why Mayors Are Running
https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/01/election-2020-candidates-democratic-primary-mayors-president/581164/

Mike Bloomberg Buying at Least $31 Million in TV Ads Ahead of Potential 2020 Run
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/business/Mike-Bloomberg-31-Million-Ads-2020-Election.html