Bloomberg’s calculated decision not to run for president


Megan Doyle, Staff Writer

When I first found out that Michael Bloomberg decided not to run for president, I was devastated. I truly believe that he was our best shot at keeping this country intact. He is moderate, which is exactly what this country needs, and he isn’t Donald Trump.

The majority of this country is moderate, so in order to accurately represent us, we need a president like Bloomberg. However, extremists on opposite ends of the spectrum, including Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, keep rising to the top. Candidates similar to them are the reason I am so adamant about Bloomberg becoming president.

Liberal extremists will try to pass laws that the conservative congress will never agree with, and so the potential president will never get anything done. Conservative extremists, on the other hand, will be able to pass whichever law they want. This could potentially be harmful if they don’t consider all aspects of the issue.

Bloomberg would be a great choice because he would be able to consider both sides of the situation, and make the best possible decisions. In addition, the choices he makes would reflect on the majority of the country because most of the US is moderate.

However, once I further examined the situation, I realized why Bloomberg decided against running. His decision was made to prevent Trump from winning, which is explained in the article “The Risk I Will Not Take” on the Bloomberg View.

He claims that he won’t be able to win all the states to make him eligible for president. Bloomberg would run as an independant against the democratic and republican candidates, and in a three-way race, it is unlikely the majority would win. Then, the election would be taken out of the hands of the people, and thrown into the Congress.

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,” Bloomberg said.

This reasoning is one I deeply respect. I agree with Bloomberg’s decision because I also am against Trump ever becoming president.

In my naive mind, I thought that everyone knew who Bloomberg was. But our tri-state area is an exception, and in reality, nobody knows who Bloomberg is.

On Jeopardy last week, one of the questions asked who Michael Bloomberg was, and none of the contestants got it right. They even included a picture, but none of them even guessed.

This made me realize that Bloomberg isn’t very popular, and he wouldn’t get the number of votes he needs. Most people would just see him as yet another New York billionaire, and not think twice about voting for him.

Therefore, although I think our country is in dire need of a president like Bloomberg, I respect his decision to not run.