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Last week yet another major player announced his possible run for the White House in 2016.
Adam Goodman and Democratic strategist Nichole Graham discussed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s potential third-party run for the presidency and its ramifications across the political field on Fox News.
“Isn’t it interesting that now we may have a candidate that makes Donald Trump look like just an ordinary billionaire?” said Goodman. “[Bloomberg’s] path to victory would be a difficult one. He’s a social liberal, a fiscal conservative. He’s not afraid to go against the grain.”
“I don’t know how he actually fits into a winning formula, but in a world full of surprises and a campaign season full of twists and turns, certainly Bloomberg could shake things up a bit,” said Goodman.
The last time a third-party candidate made serious waves was in 1992 when Ross Perot mounted an independent presidential campaign and captured 17 percent of the electoral vote. Though Bloomberg’s potential candidacy could shed light on some of the issues he’s invested in, his path to victory would be difficult.
“He’s invested a lot of monies in pushing gun control, climate change, and other issues that don’t always run with the grain of the establishment,” said Goodman. “This is a campaign year where you could say Americans are looking for a more muscular, stronger kind of leader as a successor to President Obama. That’s really not Bloomberg’s style… I don’t know how that’s going to play on the actual stage of this campaign.
But when it comes to controversial issues, Goodman reminds: “Michael Bloomberg has never shied away from a fight.”