Bloomberg mulls a run for pres­i­dent

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

FOR­MER NEW York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is con­sid­er­ing a run as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date in the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

It is un­der­stood the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man has told ad­vis­ers he is will­ing to spend up to $1 bil­lion (£700m) if he chooses to run.

He is said to be alarmed at the Demo­cratic poll-leader Hil­lary Clin­ton’s al­leged shift to the left and Repub­li­can fron­trun­ner Don­ald Trump’s ag­gres­sive rhetoric on im­mi­gra­tion.

If he did en­ter the race, Mr Bloomberg would be the se­cond Jew — along­side Demo­cratic can­di­date Bernie San­ders — to seek the pres­i­dency in Novem­ber.

Ed­ward Ren­dell, a friend of Mr Bloomberg, told the New York Times that the like­li­hood of a run by the for­mer mayor “rests on the not-im­pos­si­ble but some­what un­likely cir­cum­stance of ei­ther Don­ald Trump or Ted Cruz ver­sus Bernie San­ders. If Hil­lary wins the nom­i­na­tion, Hil­lary is main­stream enough that Mike would have no chance, and Mike’s not go­ing to go on a sui

cide mis­sion.”

PHOTO: AP

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