Michael Bloomberg Registering as Democrat as He Weighs 2020 Bid

Pauline Gross
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.

Bloomberg said via Instagram, "At key points in US history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution". Two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of those threats, ' Bloomberg wrote. Voters are not required to be registered with any political movement.

Bloomberg did not say when he might make a decision on running for president.

Bloomberg was a long-time Democrat until 2001 when he changed his party affiliation to run as a Republican candidate for mayor of NY.

Bloomberg's move follows reports last month that he is considering running for president as a Democrat in 2020.

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Bloomberg, the 76-year-old head of the eponymous Bloomberg LP media company, made the announcement in a post on Instagram. According to Bloomberg News (part of the former mayor's conglomerate), he is already allocating millions of dollars to support Democratic efforts to take control of Congress. "So if you ran, yeah, you'd have to run as a Democrat".

Bloomberg had been a Democrat until he changed his registration in 2001 and was elected mayor that year as a Republican.

"Right now, I'm only focused on the midterms", Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg considered running for president in 2016, and said on September 17 he could not run as a Republican. "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".

Last week, Bloomberg announced he would give $20 million to the main Democratic Senate super PAC.

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