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 YangBill Maher pushes back on criticism of Chappelle: 'What the f--- was that reaction?' Progressive economic theories run into some inconvenient truths Andrew Yang weighs in on Dave Chappelle: Artists should get 'wide berth' for self-expression 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 HarrisRNC targets McAuliffe, Biden campaign event with mobile billboard Obama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory BookerBlack Caucus pushes for priorities in final deal Cory Booker to campaign for McAuliffe in Virginia Senate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents 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.