Update – 1/23: AP is reporting that Bloomberg will commission a poll after the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9 to measure support for his candidacy. Mr. Bloomberg has set a March deadline for himself to decide on a presidential bid.
The rumor mill is working overtime on speculation that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering a third party run for President.
The rumors stem from the news that Bloomberg commissioned a poll to see how he would fair if he declared a third party candidacy.
Specifically, Bloomberg wanted to see how his candidacy would fair against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. A source close to Bloomberg told CNN that the former mayor was prompted to look into a run for the White House after watching Trump’s rise to lead position for the Republican nomination.
Despite frequent speculation in the past few months that he would make a run for the presidency, Bloomberg denied such allegations in an interview with New York Magazine in 2013 and said that he was happy as president of his Bloomberg Media company.
“I think I’ve got a better job than the president’s. He’s got a very tough Congress, and he’s removed from the day-to-day stuff. My job is the day-to-day stuff. That’s what I’m good at—or at least what I think I’m good at,” he said.
When asked directly if he was considering running for President in 2016, Bloomberg rejected the idea.
“Yes. It’s just impossible,” he said. “I am 100 percent convinced that you cannot in this country win an election unless you are the nominee of one of the two major parties. The second thing I am convinced of is that I could not get through the primary process with either party.”
This was three years ago however, and rumors are still circulating around Trump himself about a third-party nomination.
Arizona Senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain said that the unity of his party was in serious trouble thanks to this nomination season.
“I haven’t seen this large of a division in my career,” said McCain who was first elected to Congress in 1982. “You probably have to go back to Ford versus Reagan in 1976. But that was only two people.”
If Michael Bloomberg does decided to run for President as a third-party candidate, most states will give him until March to declare his candidacy.
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