Bloomberg rethinking running for president: report

Bloomberg rethinking running for president: report
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Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEverytown on the NRA lawsuit: 'Come November, we're going to make sure they're out of power, too' Hillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Meme group joins with Lincoln Project in new campaign against Trump MORE has signaled to allies that he’s considering jumping into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination if former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE falters and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE (D-Mass.) continues to rise.

According to a CNBC report, Bloomberg told associates in recent weeks that if Biden were to drop out of the race before voting begins, he would consider launching a late run for the nomination over fears Warren would drag the party too far to the left.

While Warren has caught Biden in some national and early-state polls, the former vice president remains a top contender for the nomination.

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“I think it’s something he wants. He has not been shy about that,” an anonymous Bloomberg ally told CNBC. “Nothing can happen unless Biden drops out, and that’s not happening anytime soon.”

Bloomberg announced in March that he did not plan to run for president in the 2020 election, though there have been doubts about whether that decision was final.  

Bloomberg served as mayor of New York City both as a Republican and independent, but recently registered as a Democrat. He would bring high name recognition and unlimited money into the race. Bloomberg is believed to be worth between $40 and $50 billion.

He has repeatedly flirted with running for president but has never pulled the trigger.

In 2016, Bloomberg considered running for president as an independent at a time when Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) was giving former secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' MORE a run for the Democratic nomination.

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Bloomberg passed on a presidential run when it became clear that Clinton would be the nominee, saying he did not want to risk an independent run over fears it would lead to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE getting elected.

Representatives for Bloomberg reportedly didn't respond to multiple requests for comment from CNBC.