Michael Bloomberg considering 2016 White House bid

Mrs. Clinton said Mr. Bloomberg would not have to get in the race if his intention was to prevent a fringe candidate from winning, because she would win the nomination and the White House.

If he does decide to run, Bloomberg faces an uphill battle: No independent candidate has ever been elected to the White House.

Real-estate developer Donald Trump repeatedly said over the weekend that he would "love" for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) to enter the 2016 fray. And I would love to have him get in the race....

Michael Bloomberg, 73 anni, is very anti-Second Amendment, a potential candidacy would hurt the Democrats and boost Donald Trump's candidacy I believe.

Trump said Bloomberg had been a friend but "I don't know if we're friends anymore, frankly".

Donald Trump, meanwhile, said he'd welcome a Bloomberg bid.

But another source close to Bloomberg said internal polling found that he would theoretically take away more Republican votes from Trump or Cruz than Democratic votes from Sanders.

First, Sanders would have to win the Democratic presidential nomination against Clinton, Trump would have to triumph over his Republican rivals and Bloomberg would have to actually launch an independent bid for president, something he threatened to do on Saturday.

In any event, Bloomberg is tight with Hillary Clinton, who assures him that he needn't worry, she is going to get the Democratic nomination. "He's wanted to do this for a long time".

This isn't the first time Bloomberg has considered running for president. De Blasio said the comments are arrogant and show the billionaire is "not ready for prime time".

Clinton has been endorsed by several members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, and Secretary of Housing and Urban Devlopment Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick should Clinton win the nomination.

"And I think the American people do not want to see our nation move toward an oligarchy, where billionaires control the political process".

Bloomberg served as mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013.

Weiner, whose wife Huma Abedin is a long-time aide for Hillary Clinton, suggested that a lot of people may be girding themselves for the possibility of a Trump vs. Sanders general election.

"When there's a huge amount of dissatisfaction with big parties, it creates this type of opportunity", said Fergus Cullen, former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican party.

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