The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

New York City na­tive John Pod­horetz has a the­ory about how much Michael Bloomberg could spend on his quest for the White House.

“In 2009, run­ning for a third term as mayor, Michael Bloomberg spent $102 mil­lion to get a mere 51%, to­tal of $174 per vote. If he were to spend $174 per vote in this bid for the pres­i­dency in 2020 we’re hear­ing so much about, the White House would cost him some­thing like $12 bil­lion,” writes Mr. Pod­horetz in the New York Post.

“Google tells me Bloomberg is worth $53 bil­lion. Buy­ing the pres­i­dency would take about a quarter of his wealth. So why not run? He only has two kids. Do they re­ally need the full $53 bil­lion af­ter he sloughs off this mor­tal coil when they could split $41 bil­lion?” asks the colum­nist.

“If Bloomberg wants it, why shouldn’t he try to buy it? This is Amer­ica, peo­ple. We all like to say things like ‘the pres­i­dency is not for sale, but have we ever re­ally truly tested the propo­si­tion?”

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