In the identical interview, Mr. Bloomberg additionally expressed skepticism in regards to the #MeToo motion usually, in addition to the particular allegations of sexual misconduct towards 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., stated 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 stated.
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 stated.
But a number of doubtless Iowa caucusgoers, in interviews on Thursday evening at an occasion for an additional candidate, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, expressed an absence of enthusiasm for a possible Bloomberg candidacy.
“This is a rigorous thing, to run for political office,” stated Janny Miller, 65, of Des Moines. “For somebody to step in late — while he probably has a lot to offer — maybe it’s not the right thing to do.”