Mike Bloomberg is mulling another run for president — but as a
Democrat, sources close to the former three-term mayor said.
If he takes the plunge, Bloomberg would be 78 when he’s
competing in Democratic primaries across the nation.
Last week, he said he would pump $80 million of his vast
personal fortune to aid Democrats in the congressional midterm
elections this year.
“That’s an indication of where his head is at,” a Bloomberg
insider said Tuesday.
Bloomberg himself hinted at his thinking on June 6, when he was
honored at a YMCA fundraiser at Cipriani 42nd Street.
At the end of his speech Bloomberg told the 500 guests, “Before
you leave I want to get your cellphone number because I’m
thinking of getting the band back together,” said one source.
The well-heeled attendees erupted into thunderous applause,
believing Bloomberg was telegraphing his interest in taking on
President Donald Trump.
Bloomberg, 76, considered making a bid for the presidency in
2016 as an independent. But he ultimately decided not to run,
concluding that he could not win on a third-party line.
Bloomberg endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, even
delivering a prime-time speech at the Democratic National
Convention trashing Trump.
Although elected on the Republican line, Bloomberg is closer to
Democrats on key issues — gun control, taxes, infrastructure and
Bloomberg did not mince words on what he thought of Trump in his
DNC speech two years ago.
“Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well-documented
record of bankruptcies, thousands of lawsuits, angry
shareholders, and contractors who feel cheated, and
disillusioned customers who feel ripped off. Trump says he wants
to run the nation like he’s run his business. God help us. I’m a
New Yorker, and New Yorkers know a con when we see one,” he said.