Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will endorse Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a primtime speech at the Democratic National Convention (#DNC) this week.
The endorsement was first reported by the New York Times.
Howard Wolfson, a senior adviser to the former mayor, told The New York Times, “As the nation’s leading independent and a pragmatic business leader, Mike has supported candidates from both sides of the aisle. This week in Philadelphia, he will make a strong case that the clear choice in this election is Hillary Clinton.”
He said Bloomberg “the nation’s leading independent and a pragmatic business leader” and added he had “supported candidates from both sides of the aisle”.
An honorable man. If you’re appalled by Trump but won’t endorse HRC, you share blame for potential disaster. https://t.co/bFadVJKSAZ
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) July 24, 2016
Bloomberg left the Democratic party in 2000. Two years later he won the mayoral election in New York City as a Republican. In 2007 he became an independent and served 12 years as mayor.
Bloomberg considered running as a third-party candidate for president, during the primary election. He eventually chose not to run for the president this year out of fear of such a run creating a seemingly apocalyptic scenario in which the vote gets split multiple ways and Donald Trump (or his chief rival at the time, Ted Cruz) assumes authority of the White House.
In March, Bloomberg wrote an editorial The Risk I Will Not Take: “As the race stands now, with Republicans in charge of both Houses, there is a good chance that my candidacy could lead to the election of Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz. That is not a risk I can take in good conscience.”
As Quartz notes, Bloomberg’s endorsement of Clinton is a “logical end” to his “non-candidacy.”