Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report

Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report
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Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's campaign has reached out to former Democratic presidential primary candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangSolving the coronavirus economic downturn — good psychology makes for good politics and policy Andrew Yang nonprofit to dole out checks to 500 households Senate GOP mulls forgivable loans to businesses to halt layoffs, bankruptcies MORE seeking an endorsement, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal reported that aides from Bloomberg's camp reached out to the entrepreneur to gauge his interest in working to help Bloomberg win the Democratic nomination.

Another source told the Journal that Yang, who dropped out of the primary race last month, was noncommittal in his response.


While the Journal's sources said that the idea of Yang being Bloomberg's running mate was thrown around, a separate senior Bloomberg aide said that Yang was never seriously being considered.

Bloomberg, a latecomer to the race, hasn't been on any of the ballots in the first three primaries and won't be on the ballot for South Carolina either. But, he's spent almost a half-billion dollars on advertisements and campaign efforts in all 14 of the crucial Super Tuesday states.

Yang gained a solid online following and was able to outlast several better-known candidates such as Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerLawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men Amazon doubling overtime pay for warehouse workers MORE (D-N.J.), but ultimately wasn't able to make a real breakthrough in the polls.

Yang recently joined CNN as a contributor where he helps provide analysis of the race. 

The Hill has reached out to Bloomberg's campaign for comment.