A BIL­LION­AIRE NEW YORKER HAS A SAY

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

For­mer New York City mayor Michael T. Bloomberg — just “Mike” as he prefers to be called — is worth $45 bil­lion, and ranks as the eighth rich­est man on the planet ac­cord­ing to Forbes. But he’s also not run­ning for any­thing.

Mr. Bloomberg came mighty close to a pres­i­den­tial run as an in­de­pen­dent of sorts in 2016, pre­pared to drop $1 bil­lion of his own money on the cam­paign, with re­tired ad­mi­ral Mike Mullen as a run­ning mate. But promis­ing plans were as far as the team got.

“If I thought we could win, or had a rea­son­able chance, I would have done it. It would be to­tally un­likely, very un­likely that an in­de­pen­dent could win,” Mr. Bloomberg tells CBS News “60 Min­utes,” not­ing that his “pro-choice, pro-im­mi­gra­tion be­liefs” would not have at­tracted any Repub­li­cans while Democrats would have frowned on his in­sis­tence that teach­ers be eval­u­ated.

“I’m 75 years old. It’d be an age is­sue, I sup­pose. I’ve got plenty of things to do. Maybe I’ll run for pres­i­dent of my block as­so­ci­a­tion, but not much more than that,” Mr. Bloomberg added.

And one other thing. Mr. Bloomberg knows his fel­low bil­lion­aires, in­clud­ing con­ser­va­tive lib­er­tar­i­ans Charles and David H. Koch, lib­eral Ge­orge Soros and of course Pres­i­dent Trump. Mr. Bloomberg says the first three gents gen­uinely want “to change the world.” The for­mer Big Ap­ple mayor called Mr. Trump to congratulate him on his White House win; he says the pres­i­dent promptly gave him his pri­vate cell­phone num­ber. But there does not ap­pear to be much af­fec­tion there.

“I’m a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one,” Mr. Bloomberg says of Mr. Trump adding, “I hope he does a good job.”

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