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Bloomberg Back In? Biden Accusations Throw 2020 into Turmoil

After saying he would not run, the billionaire and former New York City mayor is reportedly reconsidering the 2020 Democratic primary following allegations about Biden’s misconduct.

By NTK Staff | 04.02.2019 @9:47am
Bloomberg Back In? Biden Accusations Throw 2020 into Turmoil

After months of flirting with the idea of running in the 2020 presidential primary, billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last month that he would not seek the Democratic nomination.

But Axios’s Mike Allen reported Tuesday that Bloomberg could reconsider if former Vice President Joe Biden ultimately decides not to run. On Friday, Biden was accused of sexual misconduct by a Nevada Democratic politician before a political rally in 2014. A second woman accused Biden on Monday of “rubbing noses” with her at a fundraiser in 2009.

The accusations could cloud Biden’s political future. His team planned to formally announce his candidacy later this month. But if that doesn’t happen, or if Biden’s candidacy “fades fast,” Bloomberg is reportedly prepared to step in.

These people tell me that Bloomberg, 77, who announced March 5 that he wouldn’t run, might reconsider if a centrist lane were to open up. The most likely scenario for that would be if Biden, 76, whose displays of public affection have burst into a major issue, were to stay out or fade fast.

Why it matters: Bloomberg would be a voice of more moderate practicality in a field where the early campaigning has been dominated by leftish idealism.

Worth $58 billion according to Forbes, Bloomberg’s entrance into the field would disrupt the race in a way few other candidates could.

Still, it’s highly unlikely that Biden will opt out of the race entirely. Allen also reported Tuesday that Biden’s directive to his staff following the accusations was “a simple message – full steam ahead.”

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