Michael Bloomberg could throw his name into Clinton-Trump race

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Michael Bloomberg Could Toss His Name Into A Clinton-Trump Race

As if the race for the White House isn't crowded enough, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg might add his name to the mix.

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The New York Times reports he commissioned a poll last month to see how he would fare as a third-party candidate against front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a naturalization ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and honoree Katherine Oliver attend the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani's Wall Street on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/InvisionAP)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, left, listens during a press conference at the Bedford Academy High School on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 in New York. At Bedford Academy, where Mayor Bloomberg and Walcott announced a record high Advance Placement (AP) and SAT exam scores for students city-wide, the number of students taking the SAT quadrupled since last year and tripled for AP since 2006, according to a press release statement. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, second from left, and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, far left, meet with senior students, after holding press conference at the Bedford Academy High School on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 in New York. At Bedford Academy, where Mayor Bloomberg and Walcott announced a record high Advance Placement (AP) and SAT exam scores for students city-wide, the number of students taking the SAT quadrupled since last year and tripled for AP since 2006, according to a press release statement. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, center, and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, second from right, meet with senior students, before holding press conference at the Bedford Academy High School on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 in New York. At Bedford Academy, where Mayor Bloomberg and Walcott announced a record high Advance Placement (AP) and SAT exam scores for students city-wide, the number of students taking the SAT quadrupled since last year and tripled for AP since 2006, according to a press release statement. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg kisses poll worker Juanita Morgan his after casting his ballot at Public School 6, in New York, Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013. The casting of ballots Tuesday signals the beginning of New York City's farewell to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has helped shape the nation's biggest city for 12 years. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs in to receive his ballot at Public School 6, in New York, Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013. The casting of ballots Tuesday signals the beginning of New York City's farewell to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has helped shape the nation's biggest city for 12 years. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg speaks to the attendees at Empire State Pride Agenda 22nd Annual Fall Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is introduced as he takes the dais during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTION FOR SANTANDER - Emilio Botín, chairman of the Santander Group, and Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, unveils the first of over 700 Bank branches in the United States to be rebranded as Santander in New York on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Santander is one of the largest banks in the world with 102 million customers in ten core markets. (Brian Ach / AP Images for Santander)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, center, and city officials walk past a 48-inch water shaft, as they arrive 16 stories beneath Central Park for an underground press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in New York. Bloomberg announced the completion of the Manhattan portion of the city's third water tunnel, a project decades in the making, to provide water to the entire borough of Manhattan for the first time. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a press conference to announce a $2 million youth charity grant on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at New York's city hall. The combined NFL and NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee grant will be distributed by its Snowflake Foundation and focus "on revitalizing and rebuilding places for youth to be active and healthy, including school football field restorations and playground builds, in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy," according to a press release. At rear left is NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee co-chairman and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson. At rear right is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends PaleyFest: Made In NY - "Orange Is The New Black" panel discussion at The Paley Center for Media on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, and NBA commissioner David Stern smile during a press conference Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013, in New York, announcing the selection of the city to host the NBA All-Star game in 2015. The 64th NBA All-Star game is scheduled to be played at New York's Madison Square Garden Sunday Feb. 15, 2015 with Friday and Saturday night events being held at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala 2013 on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, foreground left, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, attend ceremonies at the 9/11 Memorial marking the 12th Anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/The Daily News, David Handschuh, Pool)
London Mayor Boris Johnson, left, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg pose for photographers with a personalized London Underground sign Johnson presented to Bloomberg after a press conference for the launch of the Mayors Challenge competition, at City Hall in London, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering European cities millions of dollars to be government groundbreakers, tapping his personal fortune to extend his cities-as-civic-laboratories campaign overseas as the end of his own tenure nears. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to the media during a news conference after officially opening the new Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in the Queens borough of New York. When asked about an Associated Press report that the New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, Bloomberg responded, "What we do is we try to keep this city safe, totally consistent with what the laws require. We believe that we are compliant with those laws." (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, speaks while Police Commissioner Ray Kelly looks on during a news conference in New York, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. A U.S. judge has appointed a monitor to oversee the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-search policy, saying it intentionally discriminates based on race and has violated the rights of tens of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announce the arrest of 19 people and seizure of 254 guns as part of gun smuggling between the Carolinas and New York, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Authorities say couriers smuggled 254 guns into New York City by stashing weapons in their luggage on discount buses. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Talking to CNN, sources declined to mention the poll's findings but said Bloomberg's motivation to conduct the poll stemmed from Trump's rise in popularity.

Bloomberg was a longtime Democrat who switched to the Republican Party just in time to run for mayor in 2001. He later ran for his third term as mayor as an independent.

The billionaire media mogul has toyed with a presidential race before. In 2008 he was rumored for an independent bid. And he's already generated a good amount of buzz for the upcoming 2016 race as well, though this is what he said when asked last fall.

"The truth of the matter is I'm very happy doing two things, running my company and working with the United Nations and U.S. government on climate change."

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