Given the tight race taking shape on the Democratic side, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly open to exploring an independent run for President. Bloomberg has flirted with the idea in recent election cycles, though this most recent news indicates he is taking steps to actively explore what an independent campaign might look like.

Report from the New York Times:

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. He has set a deadline for making a final decision in early March, the latest point at which advisers believe Mr. Bloomberg could enter the race and still qualify to appear as an independent candidate on the ballot in all 50 states.

The key here is the deadline which looms in March for gaining ballot access in all fifty states. In order for that to happen, Bloomberg would have to get an organization in place soon and immediately begin the process of gathering signatures and registering in each state in very short order. A Bloomberg run would most definitely hurt the Democratic nominee the most, especially given that Bloomberg sits on the far left side of the political spectrum. On issues such as gun control, he may be one of the most liberal candidates in the field given the amount of time and money he’s spent in recent years to push for greater gun restrictions at the state and local level around the country.

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  1. Mr. Bloomberg like Mr. Trump has changed parties as often as the normal person changes underwear. It must be those New York values. Then again has anyone else noticed Mr. Trump, Mr. Bloomberg, Sen. Sanders and Sec. Clinton all come out of New York City ?

    • What do you mean, “Sen. Sanders and Sec. Clinton all come out of New York City”? Did you see them drive through the Lincoln Tunnel once?

      • Sen. Sanders was born in Brooklyn and Mrs. Clinton was a Senator from New York. Cut the snark and try being civil it will get a moderator a lot farther in the respect column.

        • So, by your logic. . .

          –Cruz is only a Canadian, because he was “born there,” and

          –Cruz is “from the town of Terlingua” because he’s a “senator from Texas.”

          Snark in response to falsehood is no vice.

          • Concerning Sen. Cruz that’s your assumption not mine.
            Snark much like being a troll is a response from someone who feels a need to be heard and doesn’t have much to say. Reading your comment history you fit this bill.

            • No. I was only using Cruz as an example of your flawed logic. Yes, Hillary was a New York Senator, but she represented the STATE of New York, not just the city. And while Bernie was born in Brooklyn, it was to poor Polish Immigrants, hardly what you implied.

              If you want to slam him, you could question whether he’s “natural born,” having immigrant parents.

              I snark when people deserve it.

            • My original post wasn’t meant as a slam against Sen. Sanders but the useless choices from both parties is almost entirely made up of New York values. But you realize that don’t you?

              After reading the columns I came to this site expecting some intelligent dialogue but then again I don’t notice your name on any of the columns written. Therefore your sole purpose as moderator at Election Central must be your ability to snark because it’s obvious you haven’t added anything intelligent to this site nor do many people agree with you. Good by I’m out of here.

            • Wow. Talk about rewriting history. Your original post did, in fact, slam Trump, Bloomberg, Sanders and Clinton, unless “not worth spit” has a different meaning in your town.

              That’s an opinion, and while you’re running away from it now, I didn’t question your opinion.

              My question was your statement that they “all come out of New York City,” which is ludicrous–that is, “laughable,” and was ridiculed.

              As they say, we’re all entitled to our opinion, but we’re not entitled to different facts.

            • Right again — Goethe is this forum’s joke.

              Ever since he got elevated to “moderator” he’s become even more asinine.

              Troll now, fits the bill….

    • TRUMP has been a REGISTERED REPUBLICAN for 18 YEARS! You are soooooooo full of crap! Hey! GO CHECK THE PUBLIC RECORDS!

  2. Bloomberg — the American Nazi that wants to destroy the 2nd Amendment, so, he can then destroy ALL the rest of the US Constitution — run, Zionist, run…please, DO RUN, thus, taking away votes from the most despicable woman/creature in America: Hitlery Clinton!

  3. PRAY TELL………….. how can BLOOMINGBERG enter the race at the end? He has been sucking down too many 64 ounce SUGAR LADEN DRINKS! Wine, whiskey, Rum and so on; the man is a full blown JERK!

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