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Michael Bloomberg considers a presidential run

  January 23

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 (The Independent Green Party of Virginia was the only state political party in the nation to collect thousands of petition signautres in 2008 and put Michael Bloomberg on the ballot for U.S. President in Virginia.  Michael Bloomberg is urged to run for President as an Independent Green Party candidate in Virginia.  Independent Green Party leaders encourage Michael Bloomberg to seek the Green Party nomination for President.  Green Party leaders across the nation should reach out to Michael Bloomberg and encourage him to seek the Green Party nomination.  Read more at http://www.DraftMichael.com )

 Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire and former New York mayor, is considering making an independent bid for the presidency, a move that could provide yet another wild turn in a 2016 race that has already seen more than its share of them.

Bloomberg’s deliberations, first reported by the New York Times, were confirmed Saturday by several close associates.

Bloomberg has explored the possibility before, always making a pragmatic calculation of whether winning is feasible. Three associates said that several factors have convinced him that a run outside of the [two larger parties] is worth another look.

If the right combination of those possibilities begins to look likely — which Bloomberg thinks could become apparent in March, after the first big round of state primaries — he believes they could create an opening for him to make a credible run as an independent.

“It’s something that he’s looked at, off and on, for years, and every now and then, he polls. At one point, he concluded it just couldn’t be done,” said one Bloomberg friend, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivities involved.

But with the unexpected upheavals that appear to be taking place in both parties, the friend said: “What you have is some stirrings, and people taking some fresh looks.”

In addition to his considerable financial resources, Bloomberg has a reputation as a skilled manager and political bridge builder.

Bloomberg made his fortune by founding the financial news and information company that bears his name. It has made the desktop Bloomberg terminal all but indispensable for those who make their money off of real-time financial data.

He took office less than four months after New York was traumatized by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, pledging that the city would remain “safe, strong, open for business and ready to lead the world in the 21st century.”

When Bloomberg left the post 12 years later, New York was thriving by most measures: The economy was robust, crime was down, the transportation system was more efficient, and a budget deficit estimated at more than $3 billion when he took over had transformed into a $2.4 billion surplus.

The biggest blot on Bloomberg’s mayoral record was authorizing an aggressive policing tactic, known as “stop and frisk,” which was found unconstitutional by a federal court that said it was used in a discriminatory way against law-abiding citizens, most of them black or Hispanic.

Should Bloomberg decide to enter the race, he would be up against a formidable set of challenges, starting with the fact that no third-party contender has ever won the White House. The most successful of them — including former president Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 and businessman H. Ross Perot in 1992 — are remembered mostly for having drawn off votes from one of the major parties, throwing the election to the other.

Bloomberg also is not all that well known outside the political circles of the Northeast. An April 2014 poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that 18 percent of those surveyed had a favorable view of him, 28 percent had a neutral one, 26 percent had a negative opinion. However, 28 percent said they were not familiar with his name or were not sure how they viewed him.

The Times reported that Bloomberg has retained a consultant to help him figure out what it would take to get his name on the ballot in all 50 states, and that he will also do another round of polling after the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary to assess whether voters might have an appetite for him to enter the race.

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We drafted Michael Bloomberg as our 2008 Presidential Candidate, collected 22,000 signatures to put him on the ballot.  Mr. Bloomberg thanked Virginians and Virginia's Independents and withdrew on September 5, 2008 in a letter to Chairman Campbell, and the State Board of Elections.  We continue to work with Mayor Bloomberg to build rail and America's Future with rail infrastructure.
 
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