While it’s fairly late in the game for a new candidate to be entering the presidential race, a well-known New York politician is preparing an independent run according to several sources, including the New York Times.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is said to be planning a 2016 White House run as an independent.
According to the Times report:
Michael R. Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign in this year’s presidential race. His advisers and associates said he was galled by Donald J. Trump’s dominance of the Republican field, and troubled by Hillary Clinton’s stumbles and the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the Democratic side.
Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has in the past contemplated running for the White House on a third-party ticket, but always concluded he could not win. A confluence of unlikely events in the 2016 election, however, has given new impetus to his presidential aspirations.
Mr. Bloomberg, 73, has already taken concrete steps toward a possible campaign, and has indicated to friends and allies that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billion of his fortune on it, according to people briefed on his deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his plans.
While Bloomberg is well known as the former mayor of New York and a powerful businessman, he is perhaps most well known for his vehement fight against gun rights. While mayor, Bloomberg formed the anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
If he somehow made it to the White House, it is certain that gun control would be one of Bloomberg’s top priorities.
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