Bloomberg is fighting uphill battle
Is it realistic to consider a guy who runs a global media company and is worth an estimated $47 billion an underdog at anything?
When it comes to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s presidential aspirations, we would have to say “yes.”
Tuesday, Bloomberg made several stops in New Hampshire to test the waters for a potential run in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. In Nashua, he toured the WH Bagshaw Co. machine shop.
Walking alongside company President Aaron Bagshaw and Vice President Adria Bagshaw, Bloomberg stopped to speak with several employees about their jobs and life stories. Later, he even ate a couple slices of pizza, which he purchased, with the workers.
“It’s wonderful to be here to see a real American company,” Bloomberg told employees. “It’s what you do, that gives one hope for the future of American jobs.”
After the tour, Bloomberg took a few questions from the numerous members of the media who joined him. In answering, Bloomberg drew a clear contrast between himself and Democrats who support the so-called “Medicare for All” single-payer health care plan.
“We could never afford that. You’re talking about trillions of dollars,” Bloomberg said of the plan advanced by Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is not yet a 2020 candidate but finished a competitive second to eventual nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, continues to espouse the Medicare for All plan.
Speaking of Sanders, he is officially an independent in the U.S. Senate who classifies himself as a Democratic Socialist. He made a national name for himself by repeatedly decrying “billionaires” and “the 1 percent.”
We trust we’re not the only ones who find the juxtaposition of Sanders and Bloomberg potentially competing for the presidential nomination of the same party fascinating.
Bloomberg, if he ultimately runs, will also likely face scrutiny from fellow Democrats for the somewhat controversial stop and frisk policy he enacted while mayor of NYC, which some maintain unfairly targeted minorities. He also recently made it clear he opposes legalization of marijuana, another position that puts him out of step with many Democrats.
Still, Bloomberg knows New Hampshire is key for him to get anywhere in a presidential campaign.
“There’s a lot of tradition here. New Hampshire does a great service letting (virtually all candidates) come here and express themselves and stand in a ‘gaggle’ and answer questions,” he said in Nashua.