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New York - Bloomberg Says He'd Self-fund Possible 2020 White House Bid

Published on: January 11, 2019 03:00 PM
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New York - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if he runs for president, he’ll pay for it himself, defending candidates who use personal riches to bankroll campaigns.

Bloomberg’s comments to reporters in Texas on Friday follow a jab from another top 2020 contender. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently decried the Democratic presidential nomination becoming “one more plaything that billionaires can buy.”

But Bloomberg says his riches insulate him from having to curry favor with special interests.

“I ran three times. I used only my own money so I didn’t have to ask anybody what they wanted in return for a contribution,” Bloomberg said. “And, if I ran again, I would do the same thing. I think not having to adjust what you say and what you work on based on who financed your campaign is one of the things that the public really likes.”

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He added: “I understand not everybody can be self-funded but those that can, I think, should.”

Bloomberg was in Austin to announce that the city had won funding to help combat climate change from his philanthropic foundation. He told reporters he won’t make a decision on a possible presidential bid for “another month or so.”

Warren has already formed a presidential exploratory committee and generated excitement with a visit to Iowa last week. She asked recently: “Is this going to be a Democratic primary that truly is a grassroots movement that is funded by the grassroots and it’s done with grassroots volunteers, or is this going to be something that’s one more plaything that billionaires can buy?”

Warren said on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” that Democrats should “link arms” and take grassroots funding. “No to the billionaires,” she said.

Bloomberg didn’t mention Warren by name on Friday, but shortly after his comments, spokeswoman Paige Hill said, “Mike has met Warren and was impressed by her.” She also offered a statement from Bloomberg senior adviser Howard Wolfson that said “Mike is somebody who did not grow up with privilege. He made all of his money on his own.”



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 Jan 12, 2019 at 07:08 PM Liepa Says:

With all due respect Mr.Mayor, I wasn't impressed with you when you were leading NYC I certainly don't want you as POTUS.

Besides that, TRUMP is the best thing that happened to this country, so there !

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 07:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Liepa Says:

With all due respect Mr.Mayor, I wasn't impressed with you when you were leading NYC I certainly don't want you as POTUS.

Besides that, TRUMP is the best thing that happened to this country, so there !

"Trump is the best thing happened to this country" Massacre of Jews in Pittsburgh? maybe the best thing for the anti-semites, not for us

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 07:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Liepa Says:

With all due respect Mr.Mayor, I wasn't impressed with you when you were leading NYC I certainly don't want you as POTUS.

Besides that, TRUMP is the best thing that happened to this country, so there !

Under him NYC become the BEST City to live in. Crime is down 45% under him. Terrorism etc none-existent under him. Quality of life better than ever. Real Estate Prices skyrocketed, looks like everyone in the World wants to live in NYC. Racial tension between Jews and Blacks or Jews and Muslims none existent under him. Brooklyn a disaster era for 50 years is the new Ultimate Luxury. 3 times he was reelected with the Jewish vote including EDUCATED Torah Jews. Bloomberg 2020 Time to get rid of this nightmare.

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 09:43 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

"Trump is the best thing happened to this country" Massacre of Jews in Pittsburgh? maybe the best thing for the anti-semites, not for us

Pittsburgh had nothing to do with Trump.

Nonsense.

Trump is the best thoing that happened to us. He is making america greater every day

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 09:49 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Under him NYC become the BEST City to live in. Crime is down 45% under him. Terrorism etc none-existent under him. Quality of life better than ever. Real Estate Prices skyrocketed, looks like everyone in the World wants to live in NYC. Racial tension between Jews and Blacks or Jews and Muslims none existent under him. Brooklyn a disaster era for 50 years is the new Ultimate Luxury. 3 times he was reelected with the Jewish vote including EDUCATED Torah Jews. Bloomberg 2020 Time to get rid of this nightmare.

Um sir that was your buddy Rudy. Thats right Rudy brought down the crime. Everyone knows that prior to Rudy 42nd street was full of prostitutes. The blacks rioted in the streets and killed a frum jew hyd under deputy mayor Debalssio.. Then Rudy, presidnt Trump's lawyer came in and imposed broken window polices and stop and frisk. And guess what he cleaned up the filthy city. He was here for us 9/11 too and was named America's mayor.

Under bloomberg, bris mila was under attack. Bloomberg openly said I won't be threatened or deterred by the black hat jewish community. He is a racist. Imagine if he said that on a shvartza. The man hates torah and anything it stood for.

You have a revisonist history. But basically it was Trump's attorney Rudy Gulaini who fixed up this city.

Lets continue this wonderful tenure under Trump. You ain't get rid of him. if you have nightmares go back to your mommy's bed.

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 10:05 PM Chaim meilech Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Under him NYC become the BEST City to live in. Crime is down 45% under him. Terrorism etc none-existent under him. Quality of life better than ever. Real Estate Prices skyrocketed, looks like everyone in the World wants to live in NYC. Racial tension between Jews and Blacks or Jews and Muslims none existent under him. Brooklyn a disaster era for 50 years is the new Ultimate Luxury. 3 times he was reelected with the Jewish vote including EDUCATED Torah Jews. Bloomberg 2020 Time to get rid of this nightmare.

You probably right but the credit goes to Rudy. Bloomy didn't do much other than ride Rudy's coattails.

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 11:00 PM Interesting Says:

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Chaim meilech Says:

You probably right but the credit goes to Rudy. Bloomy didn't do much other than ride Rudy's coattails.

Uh, he did try to ban large gulps and Styrofoam, does that count for something?

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 11:08 PM Anonymous Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Pittsburgh had nothing to do with Trump.

Nonsense.

Trump is the best thoing that happened to us. He is making america greater every day

Pittsburgh is owned by TRUMP. MAGA Bombers? Remember? Trumps picture in the van etc.

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 11:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Um sir that was your buddy Rudy. Thats right Rudy brought down the crime. Everyone knows that prior to Rudy 42nd street was full of prostitutes. The blacks rioted in the streets and killed a frum jew hyd under deputy mayor Debalssio.. Then Rudy, presidnt Trump's lawyer came in and imposed broken window polices and stop and frisk. And guess what he cleaned up the filthy city. He was here for us 9/11 too and was named America's mayor.

Under bloomberg, bris mila was under attack. Bloomberg openly said I won't be threatened or deterred by the black hat jewish community. He is a racist. Imagine if he said that on a shvartza. The man hates torah and anything it stood for.

You have a revisonist history. But basically it was Trump's attorney Rudy Gulaini who fixed up this city.

Lets continue this wonderful tenure under Trump. You ain't get rid of him. if you have nightmares go back to your mommy's bed.

Rudi started it and Bloomberg continued. Just like Trump vs Obama. Obama bought down Unemployment from 10.5 to 4.3 Trump to 3.7 You cant have it both ways. I dont think Trump said it even once that Obama was the Greatest etc.

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 05:26 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Pittsburgh is owned by TRUMP. MAGA Bombers? Remember? Trumps picture in the van etc.

That was fake. The murderer was anti-Trump.

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 08:02 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

"Trump is the best thing happened to this country" Massacre of Jews in Pittsburgh? maybe the best thing for the anti-semites, not for us

It is quite amazing to read your comment .

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 08:52 AM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Pittsburgh is owned by TRUMP. MAGA Bombers? Remember? Trumps picture in the van etc.

A rouge beast who used trump for his evil acts doesn't make it trumps fault. He would have found someone else as his poster boy if not

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 08:56 AM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Rudi started it and Bloomberg continued. Just like Trump vs Obama. Obama bought down Unemployment from 10.5 to 4.3 Trump to 3.7 You cant have it both ways. I dont think Trump said it even once that Obama was the Greatest etc.

Rudy, Trumps attorney enacted specific policies to combat it. Trump did stuff to increase profits via tax cuts deregulation etc.. Now I won't say Obama was a complete disaster but what policies did he enact other than raising my healthcare premiums?

Re Bloomberg, yes he wasn't bad in continuing Rudy policies, what new policies did he enact? But he was clearly anti Torah and frum Jews. And if
His merits are simply confining an old legacy combined with his hatred for us, that doesn't make him fit.

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 09:31 AM Phineas Says:

I don't see how you can blame Pittsburgh on Trump. What about the JCC in Kansas? That was under Obama. Same type of nut job.

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 12:31 PM realist Says:

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Interesting Says:

Uh, he did try to ban large gulps and Styrofoam, does that count for something?

and salt and transfat and ewaste disposal and bike lanes and pedestrian plazas and traffic islands, city bike, and closed off a huge part of manhattant for pedestrian recreation.

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 07:02 PM Anonymous Says:

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Phineas Says:

I don't see how you can blame Pittsburgh on Trump. What about the JCC in Kansas? That was under Obama. Same type of nut job.

The 9/11 hijackers were the same religion as Obama, yet no one blamed Obama for 9/11

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