Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is considering Hillary Clinton to join him on the ballot as his vice president, according to an exclusive report from Drudge Report.
“EXCLUSIVE: BLOOMBERG CONSIDERS HILLARY RUNNING MATE,” the Drudge Report tweeted on Saturday.
“Bloomberg himself would go as far as to change his official residence from NY to homes he owns in CO or FL, since electoral college makes it hard for a POTUS and VPOTUS to be from same state,” the tweet continued.
EXCLUSIVE: BLOOMBERG CONSIDERS HILLARY RUNNING MATE
DRUDGE: Bloomberg himself would go as far as to change his official residence from NY to homes he owns in CO or FL, since electoral college makes it hard for a POTUS and VPOTUS to be from same state. https://t.co/XH3TJA9nas pic.twitter.com/NuOy9w6HM8
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) February 15, 2020
According to the accompanying article, the decision comes after internal polling found the duo to be a “formidable force” in the race.
“Sources close to Bloomberg campaign tell DRUDGE REPORT that candidate is considering Hillary Clinton as running mate after their polling found the Bloomberg-Clinton combination would be a formidable force,” Drudge reports.
The Western Journal reports Bloomberg previously backed Clinton in her own presidential bid, saying she was the “right choice” to lead the country.
“I know Hillary Clinton is not flawless; no candidate is,” Bloomberg said of Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. “But she is the right choice — and the responsible choice — in this election. No matter what you may think about her politics or her record, Hillary Clinton understands that this is not reality television; this is reality.”
“She understands the job of president. It involves finding solutions, not pointing fingers, and offering hope, not stoking fear,” he added per the report.
CNBC reports Bloomberg campaign Communications Director Jason Schechter brushed the vice-presidential speculation, telling the outlet the campaign was more focused on the upcoming debate.
“We are focused on the primary and the debate, not VP speculation,” Schechter told CNBC.
Bloomberg has yet to comment on the report.
In a tweet on Saturday, Bloomberg attributed much of his success to women and said he would be where he is today “without the talented women” around him.
I would not be where I am today without the talented women around me. I've depended on their leadership, their advice and their contributions. As I've demonstrated throughout my career, I will always be a champion for women in the workplace. https://t.co/WU2FqULgdU
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 15, 2020
Fox News reports Clinton has previously said she would not entertain a vice-presidential run:
The spotlight has increased on Bloomberg in recent days as he has shifted up the polls. He entered the race late — and is skipping the Iowa caucuses, New Hampshire primary, Nevada caucuses, and South Carolina primary — the four early voting states that kick off the nominating calendar in order to focus on the Super Tuesday states in March.
There has been considerable speculation about Clinton’s political future, and she said last year she was under “enormous pressure” to run again. But recently on “The Ellen Show”, she poured cold water on speculation she could be on the ticket again in November as VP.
“Well that’s not going to happen, but no, probably no,” she said.
Imagine Bloomberg and Hill win, Bloomberg resigns OR gets impeached, Hillary becomes President!😂😂😂Maybe THAT’S THE DEM PLAN! 🤣🤣🤣
— Rosebud (@waitressrose) February 16, 2020
There has been a mixed reaction to the rumored pick, but many people on both the Left and Right are critical of it, the New York Post reports.
“Hillary apparently can’t resist trying to steal the nomination from Bernie a second time,” Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told the outlet.
Republican strategist Andy Surabian similarly asked, via the report: “Did anti-establishment Dems really think the establishment oligarchs in their party were just gonna roll over in the face of Bernie’s revolution?”
Sanders ignored the running-mate firestorm while campaigning Saturday, but did get in some veiled digs at Bloomberg. At a Las Vegas rally, he railed against “billionaires spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to get elected.”
Asked about the looming Hill-Berg, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has endorsed Sanders, deflected.
“I would hope [Bloomberg] would not be in a position to be choosing a running mate at all,” she told The Post during her Queens campaign office opening Saturday.
“I think Bloomberg’s past on stop and frisk, on harassment of women— all of these claims are huge red flags.”
Here are some more reactions, from the Western Journal:
I voted for Hillary Clinton against Trump in 2016 and it was an easy decision.
I genuinely don’t know if I could bring myself to vote for Mike Bloomberg against Trump in 2020.
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) February 13, 2020
Radio news is reporting that just-turned 78-year-old unlikable Mike Bloomberg is considering fellow New Yorker, even MORE unlikable Hillary Clinton, who will be 73 at election time, as his running mate.
Democrats are DESPERATE for the anti-social nursing home vote!
— GretchenInOK (@GretchenInOK) February 15, 2020