Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor, is taking steps toward an independent bid for the White House, according to The New York Times and would spend at least $1 billion of his fortune on the effort.
Bloomberg has set a deadline for making a final decision in early March, according to the New York Times.
Bloomberg had said previously that he had no plans to enter the 2016 presidential fray. During an April 2014 appearance on NBC's Today, he said the answer was no, "plain and simple." But according to the New York Times report, the volatile 2016 campaign has changed his calculus.
Bloomberg aides have hired ballot access consultant,have deadline of March, at which point there will be votes cast https://t.co/yQa6meY7pl
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Michael Bloomberg plans presidential bid as an independent
For all the 26 year-olds → short sleeve button-downs are making a comeback, but health care has never gone out of style. Don't forget to #GetCovered.
You'll want to watch this: A new video looks at some of the fights Hillary's taken on, some of the people she's met, and how both have shaped who she is now. Link in bio. #Hillary2016
People "told me that I shouldn't reach that high, that I didn't have what it would take to get into a school like Princeton. But I ignored the naysayers. I got myself together. I focused on my applications." —The First Lady on the importance of education
Barack and Michelle. #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #NoFilter
June 1959: Bernie graduates James Madison High School in Brooklyn, NY, where he captained the track team. #TBT
Hiking and horseback riding at Weaver's Needle in #Arizona's Superstition Mountains circa 1990 #tbt
A friend of mine from high school dug up this old pic - look at that sweater (and hair)! #tbt #JuniorYR #Lancers #NJGov
Baseball season is in full swing! #TBT to my little league days. http://t.co/qMMS1R3iI8
Happy anniversary to my beautiful wife of 40 years.
The country music career didn't quite pan out, but things are going okay. #TBT
With Judy at our high school prom 1983 #tbt
Happy 32nd wedding anniversary, Elizabeth and Bruce!
If you wonder why I am the way I am, it's because of my mom. So, today's #tbt is in honor of my mom, Sandra. I miss her every day. #MothersDay #NJGov
Running for the NYS Assembly, 1974 #ThrowbackThursday #tbt
A 17-year-old me with then-Senator JFK. My friend who took this picture said, "Save this! He may be President one day." #tbt #Kennedy #muchlatergram
For #IReadEverywhere w/ @NYPL, I'm reminded of moments reading to Chelsea when she was little. Let's #closethewordgap http://t.co/7vMK91D1J8
Sporting the sideburns at @tulaneu. laissez les bon temps rouler #tbt #nola
Work hard. Take risks. Follow your passion. Embrace innovation. #ThrowbackThursday #tbt
Judy and me in Cancun circa1987 @ja_mccarthy #tbt
Fishing with my dad and brother on a lake in northern Ohio #tbt