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Thu Nov 7, 2019, 05:32 PM

Michael Bloomberg Is Expected to File for the Alabama 2020 Presidential Primary

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Source: New York Times



Michael R. Bloomberg is actively preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary and is expected to file paperwork this week designating himself as a candidate in at least one state with an early filing deadline, people briefed on Mr. Bloomberg’s plans said.

Mr. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman, has been privately weighing a bid for the White House for weeks and has not yet made a final decision on whether to run, an adviser said. But in the first sign that he is seriously moving toward a campaign, Mr. Bloomberg has dispatched staffers to Alabama to gather signatures to qualify for the primary there. Though Alabama does not hold an early primary, it has a Friday deadline for candidates to formally enter the race.

Should Mr. Bloomberg proceed with a campaign, it could represent a seismic disruption in the Democratic race. With his immense personal wealth, centrist views and close ties to the political establishment, he would present a grave and instantaneous threat to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has been struggling to raise money and assemble a ideologically moderate coalition.

But Mr. Bloomberg could also reshape the race in other ways, intensifying the Democrats’ existing debates about economic inequality and corporate power, and offering fodder to the party’s rising populist wing, led by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who contend that the extremely rich already wield far too much influence in politics. Mr. Bloomberg has repeatedly expressed discomfort with certain policies favored by both Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/07/us/politics/michael-bloomberg-president-2020.html



Seems like every once in awhile, he throws out these trial balloons. He apparently spent quite a bit during Tuesday's election.

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Reply Michael Bloomberg Is Expected to File for the Alabama 2020 Presidential Primary (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Nov 7 OP
JaneQPublic Nov 7 #1
whistler162 Nov 7 #5
Polybius Nov 8 #29
whistler162 Nov 8 #33
Polybius Nov 8 #35
Maxheader Nov 7 #14
MBS Nov 7 #2
whistler162 Nov 7 #6
djacq Nov 7 #3
earthside Nov 7 #4
YOHABLO Nov 7 #7
MBS Nov 7 #9
Glimmer of Hope Nov 7 #8
MBS Nov 7 #10
Chicago1980 Nov 7 #11
DBoon Nov 7 #12
BumRushDaShow Nov 7 #13
BlueStater Nov 7 #15
BumRushDaShow Nov 7 #16
BlueStater Nov 7 #17
BumRushDaShow Nov 7 #18
dobleremolque Nov 7 #19
rpannier Nov 7 #20
mtngirl47 Nov 7 #21
CTyankee Nov 7 #22
B Stieg Nov 7 #23
BlueIdaho Nov 7 #24
McCamy Taylor Nov 7 #25
Polybius Nov 8 #30
Thekaspervote Nov 8 #34
WestLosAngelesGal Nov 8 #38
IronLionZion Nov 7 #26
cvoogt Nov 8 #27
mwooldri Nov 8 #28
Crowman Nov 8 #31
YOHABLO Nov 8 #32
NCjack Nov 8 #36
WestLosAngelesGal Nov 8 #37
WestLosAngelesGal Nov 8 #39
BumRushDaShow Nov 8 #40
Crowman2009 Nov 8 #41
BumRushDaShow Nov 8 #43
Crowman2009 Nov 8 #44
BumRushDaShow Nov 9 #45
Yavin4 Nov 8 #42

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 05:35 PM

1. Oh, good. Another old white male NY-er with tons of cash.

A change candidate.

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Response to JaneQPublic (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 05:44 PM

5. To be honest Trump is only two of the three

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 12:46 AM

29. Who's the other one?

Trump, Bloomy, and who?

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Response to Polybius (Reply #29)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 04:58 AM

33. Trump is White underneath the orange

and male. However, unlike Bloomberg he isn't rich! Maybe I should have said three out of the four since he is is old.

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #33)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 10:38 AM

35. Bloomy is way richer

But Trump isn't rich? That's a stretch. He's not worth as much as he claims, but even the lowest estimates put him at 800 million. Can't own a jumbo jet if you aren't rich.

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Response to JaneQPublic (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:11 PM

14. The minorities that elected obama...



twice...are running like gazelles...away...

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 05:39 PM

2. please, just say no.

The last thing we need now is another candidate. Plus, he's 77 years old!
FOUR septuagenarians in the race (and 5, counting MF45)? SERIOUSLY? At a time when we are desperately in need of someone who can serve two full terms at the top of their game, to address the multiple, difficult, urgent crises that will face us after Trump is removed from office in Jan 2021.
Please, NO.

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Response to MBS (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 05:45 PM

6. Yes.... we need another member of th Geritol brigade!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 05:39 PM

3. Oh Great!

Another rich guy who thinks he can run the country.

In all fairness, at least Bloomberg served in public office as a former Mayor of New York City.

BUT!!

Bloomberg is a proponent of the unconstitutional Stop-and-frisk in New York City that targeted people of color.

[link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop-and-frisk_in_New_York_City|

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 05:40 PM

4. Good grief.

He will be 78 years old this coming February.

New York billionaire.

Is this the Democratic Party of the 21st century?

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 05:46 PM

7. Oh please. Not again. People who have money are delusional

"Mr. Bloomberg has repeatedly expressed discomfort with certain policies favored by both Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders."

Of course he's expressed discomfort, he's a 1%-er.

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 06:13 PM

9. He's a 0.01% er.

After 4 years with one delusional, self-important billionaire, the last thing we need right now is another one (and, yes, I'm also talking to you, Tom Steyer. ). At least, in comparison to Steyer, for instance (or Trump), Bloomberg has some political experience. But that does not make it any more appropriate for him to enter this presidential race.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 05:57 PM

8. I feel discomfort with self absorbed billionaires who think they can be president.


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Response to Glimmer of Hope (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 06:13 PM

10. I just feel good old plain anger. n/t

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 06:13 PM

11. He's being an asshole...

And I'm sick of these holier-than-thou, elitist white men...

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 06:54 PM

12. This is a good argument for a steep wealth tax

No single person should have so much money that they can upend a national political race all by themselves

He has more money than sense

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Response to DBoon (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:06 PM

13. He bought a 3rd term as NYC mayor

because the original city ordinance restricted the position to 2 terms and he was able to get the City Council to change the charter.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:12 PM

15. Another nearly 80-year-old guy who wants to be president.

What the fuck is with these people?

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Response to BlueStater (Reply #15)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:20 PM

16. He's actually a bit younger than that

(77 )

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #16)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:21 PM

17. He's 77.

DOB: February 14, 1942

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Response to BlueStater (Reply #17)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:24 PM

18. Yup

Was watching Tweety talking about Barr and transposed them (and corrected).

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:29 PM

19. This news absolutely inspires me to

eat ramen dinners for one more week, so I can give another $25 to Elizabeth Warren. He's scared s***less of her.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:39 PM

20. Because no one short of his cronies think this is a good idea

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:39 PM

21. Too old. End of message.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:42 PM

22. Ah Yes. We know how much the folks in Alabama love NYC mayors...bless your heart, Mike...

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 07:55 PM

23. Why?

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 08:03 PM

24. Zero people give even fewer shits about Bloomberg.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 09:19 PM

25. Bloomberg will peel votes from Biden and help Warren and Sanders

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #25)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 12:49 AM

30. Didn't think of that

As a Warren supporter, I guess I should be happy.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #25)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 10:13 AM

34. He's more likely to pull away from EW and sanders due to their stance on wealth tax

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 09:50 PM

26. The only thing that stops a NY billionaire is another NY billionaire?

Sounds like an NRA mentality. And he also spends tons of money to defeat the NRA in their gun loving home state. Oh yes, even in the DC suburbs there are hunters and sportsmen who like to play with their semi-automatic rifles and fantasize about shooting people "in self defense".

Mike Bloomberg’s gun-control group just vastly outspent the NRA to help Democrats win in Virginia
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/06/mike-bloombergs-gun-control-outspends-nra-helps-democrats-win-virginia.html

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 12:04 AM

27. I am also weighing something.

I am weighing not caring one whit.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 12:38 AM

28. Song for this : won't get fooled again...

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 02:00 AM

31. Bloomberg will be funny in the debates.

Warren (Yay!) will start talking about taxing the wealthy Wall Street types and everyone in the audience will turn and stare at Bloomberg, LOL.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 04:09 AM

32. Bloomberg seems to think the moderate candidates of the Party are weak.

Sanders and particularly Warren scare him.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 10:39 AM

36. If he would give away his fortune, then I will take a look at him. nt

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Response to WestLosAngelesGal (Reply #39)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 03:40 PM

40. Why would "Democrats" do such a thing?

And I was about to reply to your earlier post that you self-deleted but here was my response to that post which would be applicable here too -

"Democrats, please do not vote for a billionaire carpetbagger who has no governmental experience."

He was the mayor of the largest city in the U.S. for 12 years, after he bought his 3rd term so he most certainly does have "governmental experience" (in contrast to the thing in the WH right now).

But I think that "Democrats" know that he was a Republican before he was an Independent before he was a Democrat, and his "constituency" would be moderate Republicans and Independents (he is socially liberal and fiscally conservative).


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 04:24 PM

41. Should you vote for him?

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Response to Crowman2009 (Reply #41)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 04:41 PM

43. Here's the image



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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #43)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 10:46 PM

44. Thanks!

Using a smartphone to load up gifs on here is a pain in the ass.

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Response to Crowman2009 (Reply #44)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:43 AM

45. You are welcome!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 04:27 PM

42. This is the best argument for Warren's wealth tax

Take away some of their money away so that they can't run for president.

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