Another billionaire, another man, an even older one. After Donald Trump, 73, Joe Biden, 76, now joins Michael Bloomberg, 77 and business media entrepreneur, in the race for the US presidency.
Not for the first time he throws his hat in the ring. Already in the spring he played with the idea to challenge the Republican incumbent, but rejected the plan again. Although he believes that he can defeat President Trump, he “recognizes the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a large field of applicants,” he said in March. Although little has changed so far, he would still be registered for the election, whose registration period ends now.
Money is no problem for Michael Bloomberg
Like Donald Trump, Bloomberg is New Yorker, but a bit more successful on business. According to Forbes magazine, his fortune is more than $ 50 billion, making him the eighth richest person in the world. He should not fail to finance the extremely expensive US presidential campaign. On the other hand, it could be more difficult with the Democratic party base drifting to the left, preferring candidates like Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders to moderate people like Joe Biden. In order not to get in the way of the former US Vice President, Bloomberg should still have waived his candidacy a few months ago. Bloomberg is also considered the representative of the center.
But Biden, who leads in many surveys, had last allowed a few mistakes. In addition, he may be popular, but rather popular as the nice, slightly fuzzy Uncle next door. “Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden is weak and Sanders and Warren can not win,” reports the “New York Post” from the environment Bloombergs. In his view, Trump represents an “unprecedented threat” for the US, with which it can not absorb the current field of applicants, says his advisor Howard Wolfson the “New York Times”.
A democrat through and through
In terms of content, Bloomberg is a moderate democrat through and through. He advocates stricter gun laws, is strong in the fight against climate change, advocates, in contrast to Trump and many Republicans, the right to abortion and gay marriage. Thus, the candidate Bloomberg clearly targets liberal voters in the major coastal regions and cities. For the population in the country, however, Bloomberg should be too much for “offshore East Coast elite” effect. In the few surveys in which Bloomberg was asked so far, the billionaire cuts only moderately. Only six percent of Democrats would support him.
Bloomberg is not a charismatic politician who electrifies the masses, he also made his fortune with more solid economic data than with great bric-a-brac. To provide real-time stock market information, Bloomberg launched a system of networked computers called Bloomberg terminals. From 1989 he also built a media division, initially specialized in financial news, then also broader. Today work according to company information in 120 countries around 20,000 people for his company Bloomberg LP.
As mayor praise of Donald Trump
Unlike Donald Trump, Bloomberg has political experience: for eight years he was mayor of New York City. To circumvent the cumbersome Democratic nomination process, he quickly joined the Republicans, won the mayoral election for them in 2001, and then made more or less democratic politics. He even received praise from Donald Trump, then TV star. Bloomberg is doing a great job, he tweeted in 201Second
Quite different from his comments a few years later, as Bloomberg also loudly thought to pull for the Democrats in the presidential election campaign: “The 'little' Michael Bloomberg would never have the balls to run for his last term was a disaster, said the campaigner Trump 2016,
Still Bloomberg is silent
Bloomberg himself initially did not comment on the reports of his planned candidacy. However, the field of candidates with 17 men and women is already abundantly filled – and it is questionable whether the party base really thirsty for another alternative. However, his chances of success need not necessarily be reduced by the late start. Barack Obama had announced his candidacy about a year and a half before the vote – at a time when his counterpart Hillary Clinton was already set. The end is known.
Sources: “New York Post,” “Forbes,” “New York Times,” DPA, AFP, Donald Trump on Twitter, Fox News