Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, 77, founder of the financial news agency bearing his name, has applied for the Democratic primary in Alabama. This state of the southern United States is one of the first to close the list of candidates, so this move allows the former mayor of New York to keep all options open.
In the face of this announcement, former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic race's favorite, wanted to be confident and said: "He is welcome. Michael is a good guy. "
Burning back for Trump in highly anticipated local elections
If it were confirmed, the presence of Michael Bloomberg in the race would be dangerous for Joe Biden, losing momentum to three months of the first election. Both men embody centrist values.
In competition with Joe Biden in the center to beat Donald Trump
Swearing to have " no problem " with the possible entry on track of Michael Bloomberg, Joe Biden continues to present itself in better rampart to prevent Donald Trump to get a second mandate in a year.
For his part, Donald Trump, also billionaire and septuagenarian, has reacted with disdain to a possible candidacy of Michael Bloomberg. "Little Michael will fail", he assured with reference to the size of the billionaire, about 1.70 m. "I think he's actually going to hurt Biden", he added.
Michael Bloomberg, a very offensive financial philanthropist in the fight against smoking
77-year-old Michael Bloomberg announced in March that he was giving up his bid to, among other things, not undermine Joe Biden's chances. His reversal may appear as a signal that he seriously doubts Joe Biden's chances. he "Fears more and more that the current group of candidates is not in a good position to get there"said Howard Wolfson, adviser to Michael Bloomberg.
One of the ten largest fortunes in the world, with more than 50 billion dollars according to the magazine Forbes, the billionaire would be ready "To spend what it will take to beat Donald Trump"said Friday the Axios political site.
However, in the past, Michael Bloomberg has already repeatedly suggested that he could target the White House before giving up.
Worried about the left-leaning democrats
Going straight into the polls in April, Joe Biden remains the favorite among the 17 candidates running for the Democratic primary, but he has seen his lead largely undermined by Progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren, who worries Wall Street. It is followed in polls by independent Senator Bernie Sanders and then in fourth place by centrist Pete Buttigieg who could also see his chances disrupted by Michael Bloomberg's entry into the running.
It is precisely because he is worried that the Democratic nomination race may be heading too far with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders that Michael Bloomberg would consider running.
"Mr. Biden's candidacy is no longer as strong as it was at the beginning, and if Mr. Bloomberg gets support from the centrist party, it will be a strong signal to Biden that the party does not think nor is he the right candidate "Jason Mollica, a professor of communication at American University, says.
Active against climate change
Michael Bloomberg still needs "Demonstrate that he can genuinely attract enough support to harm Biden, or any other", nuance Kyle Kondik, political scientist at the University of Virginia. Mayor of New York for 12 years, Michael Bloomberg is very active in the fight against climate change, and he has spent millions to support Democratic candidates in local elections.
But while he once claimed to be independent and republican, this moderate might find it hard to rally the votes of progressive voters.