New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former Democrat and Republican who is now an independent, has slammed the Washington political elite and Barack Obama in particular. His comments have raised speculation that he could yet decide to mount a third party presidential run in 2012.
Bloomberg seems to have made no preliminary moves towards a White House run, and in truth has probably left it too late. But by criticising Barack Obama’s style of leadership (or, in Bloomberg’s view, lack of leadership), he is clearly setting himself out as an alternative. Perhaps a 2016 run is more likely?
Both Michael Bloomberg and Ron Paul have been mentioned as potential third party candidates in 2012. While neither would have much chance of winning, they could still influence the election, likely by splitting the consevative vote and making Obama’s path to a second term a little easier.