Mike Bloomberg is a Democrat, again

Clay Curtis
October 12, 2018

Billionaire businessman and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has not yet ruled out a presidential run in 2020, said today he has registered as a Democrat, switching camps again.

"At key points in USA history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution", he wrote.

The former New York City mayor wrote on Instagram early Wednesday that the country needs Dems "to provide the checks and balances our nation so badly needs".

Bloomberg has thrown money and support behind Democrats and is attacking Republicans on abortion and gun policies.

Meanwhile, the reaction was far less enthusiastic on Twitter. "That's not to say I'm with the Democratic Party on everything but I don't see how you could possibly run as a Republican".

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Bloomberg also explored a 2016 presidential bid as an independent but ultimately decided against it, writing in an op-ed that "an independent candidacy would split the Electoral College and allow Congress to elect an extremist".

He won the city's 2001 mayoral election running as a Republican, and was re-elected in 2005. "So if you ran, yeah, you'd have to run as a Democrat". "I believe I could win a number of diverse states - but not enough to win the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency".

He has said he will "take a look" at a presidential campaign after the midterm elections, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Last week, he announced he was putting $20 million behind Democratic efforts to flip the Senate.

"Truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy", Bloomberg said in his speech at Democratic National Convention in July 2016.

The 76-year-old billionaire has switched political parties several times in the last couple decades.

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