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A Bloomberg Candidacy

Jonathan Broderick

Posted on November 11, 2019 07:39

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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's potential entrance into the Democratic Primary boosts Senators Warren and Sanders at the expense of former Vice President Biden and Pete Buttigieg

Michael Bloomberg made formal, albeit small steps toward declaring his entrance into the Democratic primary by filing to get on the ballot in Alabama. His as-yet undeclared entrance into the race complicates the road ahead for the other moderates, even if his own path to a nomination faces significant logistical challenges. 

He was a successful mayor of a huge, international city, demonstrating executive experience that far surpasses Mr. Buttigieg, and puts him in a good position to go toe-to-toe with Biden on their respective executive records. He will be self-funded and can avoid the omnipresent challenge of fundraising that the other candidates must continuously address. Mr. Bloomberg also has a proven progressive record in gun control and climate change.

His vulnerabilities are also quite apparent, perhaps the first of which being his status as a "billionaire," both in the literal sense and with all of the pejorative baggage that Senators Warren and Sanders attach to the term. Though his wealth would provide him a distinct advantage in the general election if he were able to secure the nomination, the Democratic primary will be quite different. The former Mayor's tough-on-crime policies including stop and frisk will also present difficulties that will surely be challenged by almost all of the other candidates, as will his support for charter schools. 

The true test of his formidability will come with the grueling circuit of campaigning. If Mr. Bloomberg is seen as a more lively, vigorous, and coherent septuagenarian than Mr. Biden, then the former VP faces encroachment on his presumed constituency. In this instance, expect a bump to Senators Warren and Sanders. 

Mr. Bloomberg's entrance into the primary will liven a debate that seems to have stagnated. It has the potential to provide a coherent counter-argument to the utopian promises of Senator Warren's medicare for all "plan" grounded in true executive experience. Regardless, his entrance into the race would be to the detriment of Mr. Biden and Mr. Buttigieg and likely boost Senators Warren and Sanders. 

Jonathan Broderick

Posted on November 11, 2019 07:39

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