As the calendar moves us closer to the Presidential election in the fall, many of us will start to make decisions (if we have not done so already) as to which candidate we will vote for.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally joined the Democratic candidates on the debate stage last night.
To say that he took a pounding is an understatement.
Unlike the other candidates, who have spent months, if not years on the campaign trail, Mayor Bloomberg is a recent arrival who has basically bought his way into the Presidential campaign. Spending millions of dollars on ads is one thing, but it is not enough to prove to the voters that you are the candidate to represent the party and lead the ticket in the fall.
To his credit, he did put up a dam good fight. He is obviously smart, tough and not afraid of standing his ground. One does not build a billion dollar company, govern a major city like New York for more than a decade or rebuild after an event like 9/11 without being having a brain and a backbone.
However, it is his record as Mayor that is troublesome. I am also questioning that after nearly four years of you know who, if America really wants another billionaire President who has bought their way into office?
Only time will tell who wins the nomination. But I have a feeling that it won’t be Michael Bloomberg.
The reason I am voting for her is that in order to defeat you know who, we need a Democratic candidate who is firmly left, but not so far left to push voters into the arms of the Republicans. I like the ideas of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but my concern is that their proposals are so far left that they alienate some voters. I respect that former Vice President Joe Biden has decades of political experience, but do we really want another old white man as President?
Former New York City Mayor Michel Bloomberg, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang, to be honest, don’t have a chance in h*ll of winning the nomination. Mayor Pete Buttigieg has youth on his side (compared to the other candidates), but will that be a help or a hindrance if he wins the nomination?
I like her because she is solidly middle of the road and speak to the needs of the average American, especially the average American woman. As a working wife and a mother, she understands the daily challenges of the woman on the street. She also understands and respects that America is not a monolith. In respecting the differences of Americans, she is paving the way for this country to become what its founders envisioned.
I appreciate that he apologized. Unlike you know who, he recognized that he made a mistake.
However, I have to question if this admission of wrongdoing is genuine or is it a ploy to get the attention of voters and win the nomination? The timing is questionable. It almost feels a little too planned, as if the apology is the hook to bring in voters of color.
Granted, I am not a person of color whose life has been turned upside by a false accusation. But my instinct tells me that something is not right here.
Readers, what do you think? Is Mayor Bloomberg genuine or is he just another politician who will say or do anything for a vote?
From the perspective of an undecided voter (which I suspect many voters are), his presence in the race makes sense. In the spectrum of Democratic candidates, he is neither too far the right or too far to the left. He also has experience in the executive offices of government. To Bloomberg’s credit, he led the city out of the darkness that was 9/11. To say that it was not an easy feat is far from an understatement.
However, Bloomberg does have a few shortcomings, as all the candidates do. He changed his political party affiliation twice before declaring himself to be an independent. He is an older white man running in a crowded field with other candidates who are not the traditional Presidential candidates. When asked a few months ago if he would run, Bloomberg said no. Now he says yes.
It’s understandable that he changed his mind about running, given what is at stake. However, flip-flopping is not going to win him the nomination or the Presidency. Nor will it come in handy if he takes the oath of office. If Bloomberg can win is also a matter of opinion. I suspect that if asked, some New Yorkers would say that they were not happy with him while he was in office.
Only time will tell who eventually wins the nomination. Whomever they are, they had better be prepared. They are in for a fight that has the potential to change this country for generations to come.