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Bloomberg Says He ‘Could Not Win,’ Will Not Run for President in 2016

Billionaire business magnate and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had previously said that he was considering running for president, announced on Monday that he will not launch an independent bid for the U.S. presidency in 2016.

When I look at the data, it’s clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win. I believe I could win a number of diverse states — but not enough to win the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency,” he said in an op-ed published Monday on Bloomberg View.

He added, “In a three-way race, it’s unlikely any candidate would win a majority of electoral votes, and then the power to choose the president would be taken out of the hands of the American people and thrown to Congress. The fact is, even if I were to receive the most popular votes and the most electoral votes, victory would be highly unlikely, because most members of Congress would vote for their party’s nominee. Party loyalists in Congress — not the American people or the Electoral College — would determine the next president.

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He said that he fears that his “candidacy could lead to the election of Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz.

Bloomberg characterized the biggest problems facing Americans as “wage stagnation at home and our declining influence abroad.” The former independent New York City mayor criticized the divisive rhetoric of the 2016 presidential race and complained that the “current presidential candidates are offering scapegoats instead of solutions.

The leading Democratic candidates have attacked policies that spurred growth and opportunity under President Bill Clinton — support for trade, charter schools, deficit reduction and the financial sector. Meanwhile, the leading Republican candidates have attacked policies that spurred growth and opportunity under President Ronald Reagan, including immigration reform, compromise on taxes and entitlement reform, and support for bipartisan budgets,” he said, blasting both major political parties.

Though Bloomberg did not specifically criticize any Democratic presidential candidates by name in his op-ed, he tore into Donald Trump, attacking the real estate tycoon’s stated positions on immigration and international trade. Bloomberg also called GOP Sen. Ted Cruz “no less extreme” than Trump.

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According to The New York Times, Bloomberg’s announcement marks the conclusion of “months of intensive preparation” for a 2016 campaign that never was, complete with “several dozen strategists and staff members,” campaign offices, and television commercials already in production.

Before he made his decision not to run, Bloomberg had reportedly been considering asking retired U.S. Navy Admiral and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen to serve as his running mate.

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Bloomberg Confirms He Is Considering Independent Presidential Bid in 2016

Amid rumors that he has been conducting polls to test the viability of a 2016 independent presidential bid, billionaire and former independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed in his own words on Tuesday that he is weighing a run for president.

Bloomberg told The Financial Times that he is “looking at all the options” regarding a 2016 presidential bid and called the rhetoric used by candidates in the race so far “distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters.

73-year-old Michael Bloomberg, the eighth wealthiest person in the world and an owner of his own eponymously-named media enterprise, is considered a threat to shake up the 2016 race if he were to run, as he could afford to run a serious marketing effort that might meet the Commission on Presidential Debates’ qualification requiring independent candidates to obtain 15 percent support in national polls.

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A New York Times report relying on anonymous sources noted that Bloomberg “has indicated to friends and allies that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billion of his fortune [on a campaign]” and that he told those associates that he would be most likely to run “if Republicans were to nominate Mr. Trump or Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a hard-line conservative, and Democrats chose Mr. Sanders.

Bloomberg reportedly commissioned polls in December that tested his candidacy against Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump and is set to conduct another round of polls after the final tally of New Hampshire’s primary results. His candidacy is expected to draw more support from Democrats than Republicans, particularly due to his outspoken stance on gun control.

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Bloomberg said he will make his final decision by early March, at which point he would need to begin securing ballot access if he were to decide to run.

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Pro-Gun Milwaukee Sheriff Triumphs Over Bloomberg-Backed Opponent

On Tuesday, Second Amendment-loving Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. beat City of Milwaukee Police Lt. Chris Moews in the Democratic primary for sheriff.

This victory is made even sweeter by the fact that former New York City Mayor and nanny-to-the-world Michael Bloomberg gave $150,000 to the Moews campaign for TV ads.

Appearing on Fox & Friends, Clarke said that Bloomberg is tone-deaf to Milwaukee politics:

“Mayor Bloomberg made a huge miscalculation. He didn’t understand the political climate on the ground here in Milwaukee County. I have a lot of support for my position on support for the Second Amendment, for people to be able to defend themselves and the pro-gun movement.”

NRA-backed Clarke came into the national spotlight with his strong belief of guns as personal protection.

After winning the primary, Clarke firmed up his fourth term as Milwaukee County Sheriff.


Chipotle Bans Guns, Caves To Pressure From Bloomberg Backed Group

Denver- Chipotle has decided to ban guns in their stores after caving to pressure by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a Michael Bloomberg backed gun control group.

After photos surfaced on social media of armed representatives of Open Carry Texas at a Dallas-area Chipotle, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America began circulating a petition that received over 10,000 signatures, according to a press release by the group.

Subsequently, the Denver based company on Monday afternoon released a statement that said:

The issue of gun ownership or gun rights has become one of the most contentious debates in the country. Chipotle has never taken a position on this issue, as we focus instead on our mission to change the way people think about and eat fast food.

Recently participants from an “open carry” demonstration in Texas brought guns (including military-style assault rifles) into one of our restaurants, causing many of our customer’s anxiety and discomfort.  Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.

Historically, we felt it enough to simply comply with local laws regarding the open or concealed carrying of firearms, because we believe that it is not fair to put our team members in the uncomfortable position of asking that customers refrain from bringing guns into our restaurants.  However, because the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers, we think it is time to make this request.

We acknowledge that there are strong arguments on both sides of this issue. We have seen those differing positions expressed in the wake of this event in Texas, where pro-gun customers have contacted us to applaud our support of the Second Amendment, and anti-gun customers have expressed concern over the visible display of military-style assault rifles in restaurants where families are eating. The vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens and we appreciate them honoring this request. And we hope that our customers who oppose the carrying of guns in public agree with us that it is the role of elected officials and the legislative process to set policy in this area, not the role of businesses like Chipotle.

According to Forbes, C.J. Grisham, founder of Open Carry Texas, said there was no demonstration at Chipotle, simply a meal after an open carry event. “We don’t go there just to carry guns into a restaurant. We always let the manager know we’re coming. We try very hard to make people feel comfortable,” said Grisham.

Grisham said his group’s policy is to send an unarmed person into a restaurant to seek permission to dine and to warn staff and customers in advance. “We’re peaceful, we’re looking for a place to eat, but we have guns,” he said. “If we’re not welcome, we’re not going to spend money there.”

Previously, Chipotle had refused to prohibit open carry inside its stores even though it had every right to do so as a private business, with representatives saying, “We follow all local laws and plan to continue to do so.”


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