Michael Bloomberg could launch an independent candidacy for president of the United States.
By Dustin Volz and Steve Holland,Reuters
(Reuters) – Michael Bloomberg, billionaire former mayor of New York, He has put his assistants to draw up plans for an independent campaign for the US presidency, according to a source familiar with the situation. Bloomberg has advised friends and associates that he would be willing to spend at least $ 1 billion dollars of his own money on a campaign for the November election 2016, by source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the thinking of former mayor. Bloomberg News mulling a presidential race was first reported Saturday by The New York Times. Bloomberg, of 73 years old, It has been given a deadline in early March to enter the race, said the source, after the launch of a survey in December to see how he would defeat Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, leading Democratic and Republican candidates. No candidate of a third party has ever won a presidential election in the United States. But Bloomberg, which it has close ties to Wall Street and liberal social views, sees an opening for his candidacy if Republicans nominate Trump or Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Democrats nominate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, said the source. Bloomberg, which has long been privately flirted with the idea of mounting a presidential campaign, he served as mayor of New York 2002 a 2013. He switched his party affiliation from Republican to independent 2007 and in recent years he has spent millions in national campaigns such as regulation to gun laws and immigration reform. A Bloomberg unidentified adviser told the Times that the former mayor believes that voters want “a bipartisan, with a results-oriented non-ideological vision”, that has not been offered in the electoral cycle 2016 by any political party. A well-funded presidential race Bloomberg probably alter the dynamics of the election, but the billionaire would face significant hurdles in a race that has been in full swing for almost a year. Although neither candidate of a third party has claimed ever White House, several previous offers have affected the overall composition of the race. In 1992 Texas businessman Ross Perot ran as an independent, a move that some believe helped Bill Clinton defeat Republican George HW Bush. Bloomberg won 13 percent support to a hypothetical three-way race against Clinton and Trump, according to a survey 4.060 made from registered voters 14 to the 17 January by the company "Morning Consultant". Trump and Clinton were virtually tied in 37 and 36 percent, respectively, according to the survey. Part of the motivation of Bloomberg to enter the race is due to frustration with the Clinton campaign, said the source. Clinton has been dogged by questions about his honesty amid an ongoing investigation into the use of a private mail server as secretary of state. Sanders, Clinton's main rival, It has recently emerged in polls in key early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. This development has made Bloomberg increasingly concerned about the general election between Sanders, one candidate who describes himself as a socialist, and Trump or Cruz, both of whom have staked right-wing positions on issues such as immigration. In the New Hampshire Republican Party “The first presidential council of the Nation ” Nashua, Senator Rand Paul, that is lagging behind in opinion polls, It seemed unfazed by the possibility that Bloomberg run for president a third party. Even Senator Paul saw a positive side to his party. Senator Paul hinted that the launch of Bloomberg divide Democratic voters. Bloomberg representatives refused to comment on the plans of the former mayor's presidential race.