Tuesday 20 March 2018

Former NYC mayor Bloomberg mulls last-minute entry to US presidential race

Michael Bloomberg. Photo: Getty Images
Michael Bloomberg. Photo: Getty Images

Tim Walker in New York

With just one week to go before voters in Iowa decide the first contest of this year's by turns exhilarating and exasperating US presidential election, another wild-card billionaire is weighing whether to step in.

Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, could disrupt the campaign momentum of rivals on both sides. Yet some Republicans and Democrats have rushed to welcome the 73-year-old to the race. "I'd love to compete against Michael," Donald Trump, the Manhattan real-estate magnate and Republican frontrunner, told CBS's 'Face the Nation', adding: "I think he might very well get in the race and I would love to have him."

John Kasich, Governor of Ohio and a more mainstream GOP hopeful who has surged to second place in the New Hampshire polls, told reporters Mr Bloomberg would "stimulate the debate" should he run. "I'm all in favour of that," Mr Kasich said. "Maybe we could have a more serious debate instead of, you know, some of the things we see."

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