Michael Bloomberg on 2020: "I Would Certainly Run As A Democrat"


NBC's Chuck Todd asks former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg about his plans to run for president in 2020:

CHUCK TODD: Before I let you go, what's your timeline on deciding whether you run or not? And what would be the factor if you didn't?

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: Timeline is beginning of the year, end of January, into February maybe. There's no rush to do it. Everybody wants to know what you're going to do, and the bottom line is I'm not sure yet. I care about a bunch of issues. I care for my kids. I care for this country that's been so good to me. And I want to see how I can help the best. Right now, my foundation and my company, I give 100% of the company's profits, or my share of them, to the foundation. We support an awful lot of things that we're doing that let us explain to people how to do things and give them options. Not telling them what to do, but I think I can make the world a better place in the private sector. Can I make it a better place in the public sector? Maybe. I loved 12 years in city hall. I think it's fair to say most people liked what we did in city hall. Do I think I could be a good president? Yes. I'm not the only one that could be a good president. I disagree with our current president on so many things that I don't even know where to start there.

CHUCK TODD: I assume a lot of this has to, will -- are you trying to figure out if the Democratic Party is going to accept you?

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: Well, you would have to -- I would certainly run as a Democrat. I'm much closer to their philosophy, although I don't agree with any one party on everything. You would have to run as a Democrat. You would have to get the Democratic nomination. And I think if you go out and you explain to them what you do -- keep in mind, I got elected in New York City, an overwhelming Democratic city, an overwhelming minority city, and I got elected three times. So I must know something about this.

Full interview on 'Meet the Press':

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sits down with Chuck Todd to discuss his work combating climate change and whether he will run for president in 2020.

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