While a few of Mr. Bloomberg’s longtime advisers have dedicated to a marketing campaign, together with the pollster Doug Schoen and the ad-maker Bill Knapp, he would have to construct a marketing campaign from zero within the early main and caucus states, and he might have a tough time qualifying for both of the 2 remaining debates this yr.
In a Democratic race, Mr. Bloomberg would face a battery of sophisticated questions on his political ideology and governing document. He has been a vigorous advocate for core liberal causes, like gun management and battling local weather change. But as mayor Mr. Bloomberg additionally championed police searches that focused black and Latino males, and in an interview final fall, he defended his administration’s stop-and-frisk policing technique.
In the identical interview, Mr. Bloomberg additionally expressed skepticism in regards to the #MeToo motion usually, in addition to the precise allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to Charlie Rose, the disgraced anchor who for a few years broadcast his present from the places of work of Mr. Bloomberg’s media firm.
Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, S.C., mentioned in an interview that he spoke with Mr. Bloomberg in late October, and the 2 mentioned the unfolding presidential race. Mr. Benjamin, a Democrat who has not taken sides within the main, predicted Mr. Bloomberg’s background as a businessman and mayor, and his stances on local weather and weapons, would make him a formidable contender if he runs.
“There’s a lot of work to be done in gearing up for the first four primaries and caucuses, and certainly for Super Tuesday, but I would caution anybody not to underestimate Mike Bloomberg,” Mr. Benjamin mentioned.
Ms. Raimondo, the Rhode Island governor, stopped wanting backing Mr. Bloomberg as a presidential candidate however issued a glowing assertion about his document.
“While this is not an endorsement, Michael Bloomberg is a friend and I admire his track record as a successful business leader and mayor who finds practical solutions to some of America’s biggest challenges, from creating good jobs to addressing the opioid crisis and fighting for common-sense gun safety,” Ms. Raimondo mentioned.