Bloomberg would make one helluva U.S. President in my view. - DeeDee Garcia Blase
Thank you Michael Bloomberg for considering your run anyway. Thankful you won't spoil the vote when Hillary declared the Democratic nominee. I would not have been able to stomach voting for the self proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, and was disappointed to learn he voted against Immigration Reform under the Bush years, and later voted to protect the Minutemen vigilantes, too. I also could not stomach voting for Donald Trump who is currently the GOP front runner, nor Mitt Romney (king of flip flops) for that matter.
I think you are dead on with regard to extremism and what the centrists / moderate voters should do in order to keep things in balance. Now that Hillary Clinton has won both Super Tuesday and Super Saturday, I believe your run would have hurt her. Just the same, a Mitt Romney run for President will more than likely spoil it for the Republican Presidential nominee / winner.
See Bloomberg's op-ed below:
The Risk I Will Not Take
Mar 7, 2016 5:00 PM EST
Americans today face a profound challenge to preserve our common values and national promise.
Wage stagnation at home and our declining influence abroad have left Americans angry and frustrated. And yet Washington, D.C., offers nothing but gridlock and partisan finger-pointing.
Worse, the current presidential candidates are offering scapegoats instead of solutions, and they are promising results that they can’t possibly deliver. Rather than explaining how they will break the fever of partisanship that is crippling Washington, they are doubling down on dysfunction.
Over the course of American history, both parties have tended to nominate presidential candidates who stay close to and build from the center. But that tradition may be breaking down. Extremism is on the march, and unless we stop it, our problems at home and abroad will grow worse.
Many Americans are understandably dismayed by this, and I share their concerns. The leading Democratic candidates have attacked policies that spurred growth and opportunity under President Bill Clinton -- support for trade, charter schools, deficit reduction and the financial sector. Meanwhile, the leading Republican candidates have attacked policies that spurred growth and opportunity under President Ronald Reagan, including immigration reform, compromise on taxes and entitlement reform, and support for bipartisan budgets. Both presidents were problem-solvers, not ideological purists. And both moved the country forward in important ways.
Over the last several months, many Americans have urged me to run for president as an independent, and some who don’t like the current candidates have said it is my patriotic duty to do so. I appreciate their appeals, and I have given the question serious consideration. The deadline to answer it is now, because of ballot access requirements.
My parents taught me about the importance of giving back, and public service has been an important part of my life. After 12 years as mayor of New York City, I know the personal sacrifices that campaigns and elected office require, and I would gladly make them again in order to help the country I love.