Bloomberg: I'd use 'only my own money' for potential 2020 bid

Bloomberg: I'd use 'only my own money' for potential 2020 bid

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that his campaign will be self-funded if he runs for president in 2020.

"I ran three times. I used only my own money so I didn't have to ask anybody what they wanted in return for a contribution," Bloomberg told reporters in Texas, according to Chron.

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"And, if I ran again, I would do the same thing. I think not having to adjust what you say and what you work on based on who financed your campaign is one of the things that the public really likes."

"I understand not everybody can be self-funded but those that can, I think, should," he added.

Bloomberg, who won elections in New York City as a Republican and Independent, is considering a presidential run as a Democrat.

He has said he'll decide by February on whether or not to pursue the nomination.

If he does, Bloomberg might join a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems seize on MLK Day for campaign messaging Kamala Harris staffer mocks O'Reilly for saying Harris 'lost' his vote for president Kamala Harris announces presidential campaign MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders2020 Dems seize on MLK Day for campaign messaging Sanders knocks Trump in MLK Day speech Grassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi Harris2020 Dems seize on MLK Day for campaign messaging Kamala Harris staffer mocks O'Reilly for saying Harris 'lost' his vote for president Harris after announcing presidential run says her 'highest priority' is protecting Mueller probe MORE (D-Ca.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Dems seize on MLK Day for campaign messaging Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Grassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices MORE (D-N.J.).

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto Ex-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog MORE (D-Texas) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden: 'We've learned in the last two years, it doesn't take much to awaken hate' 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president MORE may also be in contention.