Former new York city mayor Michael Bloomberg, owner of the eponymous news Agency, “has taken concrete steps” to prepare for his possible participation in the presidential race in the United States as an independent candidate. This was reported Saturday by the New York Times.
The final decision is still pending. Bloomberg himself took until March to decide the issue, said the publication. According to him, this period allows a billionaire without breaking the law on elections in the USA, fulfill all the requirements to register on time an independent candidate in all 50 States of the country.
If the decision is positive, it can seriously change the balance in the presidential race. NYT writes that the 73-year-old billionaire “made it clear to friends and supporters that he is ready to spend for the election campaign of at least $ 1 billion”. The publication cites sources in the environment Bloomberg.
According to the publication, Bloomberg aides in the most detailed way to study the history of the campaigns of independent candidates, since 1912. Special attention is paid to participation in presidential race of John Anderson in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992, reports TASS.
Previously such plans were former mayor told CNN. According to her, Bloomberg has decided to try his luck under the impression, as the entrepreneur Donald trump, election campaign, which the experts predicted an imminent collapse in a matter of months has become one of the leaders of the presidential race among Republicans.
Bloomberg for many years was a member of the Democratic party, however, before to submit my candidacy for mayor of new York in 2001, became a Republican. In 2007 he ran for a second term as mayor as an independent politician.
In the presidential race of the USA on elections in 2016 are more than a dozen applicants. Among Democrats the favorite is former U.S. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, second with a significant lag – the Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders. In the camp of the Republican party leader is Donald trump.
Official candidate for the post of head of the White house from the Republicans will be named at the party Congress 18-21 July in Cleveland (Ohio), the candidate of the Democrats – the same forum from 25 to 28 July in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania).