Michael Bloomberg won’t run for president in 2020

Ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg won't run for president in 2020

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not seek the Democratic nomination for USA president in 2020 but will instead launch an effort aimed at combating climate change, he said on Tuesday. On which Democratic candidate he will support, Bloomberg wrote: "candidates who can provide the leadership we need - on climate change, gun violence, education, health, voting rights, and other critical issues - and continue holding their feet to the fire to deliver what they promise".

Bloomberg, 77, said he while he believes he would beat Trump in a general election, he's "clear-eyed" about how hard it would be to win the Democratic nomination.

Michael Bloomberg has bowed out of the 2020 presidential race. He spent millions of dollars previous year helping Democrats retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives in congressional elections and has invested in advocating for sweeping gun-control laws.

Although he had initially been registered as a Democrat, Bloomberg ran for mayor of New York City for all three of his terms as a Republican, though he did briefly switch to being an independent in 2007. His pro-business positions and support for stop-and-frisk policing as mayor of NY would also have come under scrutiny.

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The one-time Republican who is now a registered Democrat and prominent critic of President Trump spent much of a year ago testing the political waters. "Should I devote the next two years to talking about my ideas and record, knowing that I might never win the Democratic nomination?"

Bloomberg's decision not to run leaves a major hole in the Democratic Primary for a centrist, one that Biden is likely to fill.

"It's essential that we nominate a Democrat who will be in the strongest position to defeat Donald Trump and bring our country back together", he wrote.

On the former front, he'll build on his previous "Beyond Coal" initiative focused on retiring coal-fired energy plants with a "Beyond Carbon" drive aimed at creating a "100 percent clean energy economy". It will probably overshadow the parallel withdrawal from the 2020 race by OR senator Jeff Merkley, and may even compete in the hierarchy of headlines with the definitive denial of a 2020 candidacy by Hillary Clinton, for the benefit of the 10 OR 15 people ignorant enough to think she might actually run. His announcement column indicated a concern that "the primary process [could] drag the party to an extreme that would diminish our chances in the general election and translate into 'Four More Years'".

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