Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, confirmed on Monday that he is actively considering running for president as an independent.
In a dramatic interview, the 73-year-old said he was ‘looking at all the options’ and expressed disgust at the current state of the White House race.
Bloomberg would be the richest candidate in American political history with a fortune of $36 billion, dwarfing the resources of Republican Donald Trump and enabling him to self-fund a campaign many times over.
He could also neutralize Trump’s most celebrating selling point: that he’s the only presidential candidate who’s so rich that he can’t be ‘bought’ by special-interest donors.
Bloomberg told the Financial Times: ‘I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters.’
He said the public deserves ‘a lot better,’ adding that he was ‘listening to what candidates are saying’ and that he would have to move by the start of next month to have his name put on general election ballots.
Bloomberg, who won three terms in office as mayor of the Big Apple, was in London on Monday to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Individuals identifying themselves as Bloomberg aides were heard Sunday night at two different Super Bowl parties in Manchester, New Hampshire – one thrown by Jeb Bush loyalists and another attended by Hillary Clinton supporters – saying that they were sniffing around and surveying the landscape for their boss.
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