NEW YORK, NY Ė Today, Michael R. Bloomberg announced that he will pursue the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, saying ďIím running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America. We cannot afford four more years of President Trumpís reckless and unethical actions. He represents an existential threat to our country and our values. If he wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage. The stakes could not be higher. We must win this election. And we must begin rebuilding America. I believe my unique set of experiences in business, government, and philanthropy will enable me to win and lead.Ē
From the moment that President Trump emerged as the Republican nominee in 2016, Mike has been singularly focused on defeating him and stopping his dangerous ideas. Mike spoke out against Trump as a candidate at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 and helped win 21 Democratic Congressional seats in the 2018 midterm election to win back the House. Just last cycle, Mike helped Democrats flip the Virginia House and Senate, giving them full control of state government for the first time in a generation.
An entrepreneur, mayor, and philanthropist, Mike has built a career following data, bringing people together, and putting progress over partisanship. Heís a proven leader with an unbeatable track record in creating jobs and implementing progressive policies that make a difference in peopleís lives. Mike is currently leading multiple national efforts to tackle the biggest challenges facing America, including gun safety, climate change, and public health. He founded Everytown for Gun Safety, the broadest and most impactful coalition of Americans fighting for common-sense gun laws, and recently launched Beyond Carbon, the most comprehensive climate change initiative in United States history. Mike has given away $10 billion to charitable causes, and Bloomberg Philanthropies works in 510 cities and 129 countries across the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people.
Mike will not accept donations and will self-fund his campaign, as he did for all three of his successful mayoral runs.
for president to defeat Donald
Trump and rebuild America.
We cannot afford four more years of President Trumpís reckless and unethical actions. He represents an existential threat to our country and our values. If he wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage.
The stakes could not be higher. We must win this election. And we must begin rebuilding America.
I believe my unique set of experiences in business, government, and philanthropy will enable me to win and lead.
As a candidate, Iíll rally a broad and diverse coalition of Americans to win. And as president, I have the skills to fix what is broken in our great nation. And there is a lot broken.
We have an economy that is tilted against most Americans.
We have a health care system that costs too much and doesnít cover everyone.
We have communities ravaged by gun violence.
We have schools that arenít preparing our children for success in an increasingly high-tech world.
We have an immigration system that is cruel and dysfunctional.
We have a climate crisis that is growing worse by the day.
We have special interests that corrupt Washington and block progress on all of these issues.
As a child and a Boy Scout, I was taught to believe in the promise and potential of America, and I have never been more worried about its future than I am today.
America is at its best when we work together to find meaningful and lasting solutions to the big challenges that we face.
We need a president who understands that truth Ė and who can do it, rather than just make promises.
I offer myself as a doer and a problem solver Ė not a talker. And as someone who is ready to take on the tough fights Ė and win.
I took on Trump on gun violence Ė and won stronger gun laws in states across the country.
I took on Trump the climate denier Ė and have led an effort that has closed more than half the nationís dirty coal plants.
Trump right now is carrying water for Big Tobacco. Iíve taken on the dangers of e-cigarettes to protect our kids.
I know what it takes to beat Trump, because I already have. And I will do it again.
Iíve never shied away from a tough fight.
Defeating Trump Ė and rebuilding America Ė is the most urgent and important fight of our lives. And Iím going all in.
My resolve to stand up to his bigotry and hatred and wrong-headed policies is anchored in who I am and my belief in government as a force for good.
Iíve spent my career bringing people together to tackle big problems Ė and fix them. It has worked well in business Ė and in running the countryís largest, most progressive city.
I know it can work in Washington, too Ė and I have the leadership skills and experience to make it happen.
Iíve been very lucky in life. Growing up, my father never earned more than $6,000 in a year. But my mother and father worked very hard to help my sister and me get an education. I managed to work my way through college and get an entry-level job in New York.
And then, when I was 39, I got laid off. I didnít know what Iíd do next. But I had an idea to start a company Ė so I took a chance.
Today our company employs 20,000 people and generates large profits, almost all of which go to helping people across the country and around the world. Iíve always believed in investing in our employees and treating them well. We pay employees very well and provide the best health care benefits money can buy. And if someone has a baby, they get six months of paid leave.
Iíve run my company according to my values: honesty, integrity, fairness, inclusion Ė and thatís the same approach I brought to city government.
I was elected mayor of Americaís most diverse city just weeks after the attacks of 9/11. It was a frightening time for our city and country. But we rebuilt the economy with new jobs and opportunity Ė for people on all rungs of the economic ladder.
We gave our teachers the largest raise in America, and we improved graduation rates by 42 percent. We cut murders in half while reducing incarceration by nearly 40 percent. We cut the cityís carbon footprint by 14 percent and created new programs to combat poverty. And we expanded health care and strengthened immigrant communities.
As mayor, my priority was helping the millions of New Yorkers who needed it most.
And the issues I am most passionate about focus on righting wrongs that have fallen heaviest on the most vulnerable communities. I know government can improve peopleís lives Ė because when I ran New York City, thatís exactly what we did.
Since leaving City Hall, I founded the largest gun safety group in history. I created a campaign to take on the biggest polluters and climate threats. As mayor, I banned smoking in restaurants and bars and cut teen smoking by 50 percent Ė and today, we continue to win battles against the tobacco industry and their sleazy attempts to hook young kids on e-cigarettes.
I know how to take on the powerful special interests that corrupt Washington. And I know how to win Ė because Iíve done it, time and again. I will be the only candidate in this race who isnít going to take a penny from anyone and will work for a dollar a year.
Over the course of this campaign, Iíll tell you what I will do as president, and how Iíll do it. Iíll outline plans for:
Creating good-paying jobs
Providing quality health care for every American
Stopping gun violence
Fighting climate change
Fixing our broken immigration system
Raising taxes on wealthy individuals like me
Protecting womenís and LGBTQ rights
Supporting our veterans
Reestablishing Americaís place in the world as a force for peace and stability
But more than plans, I offer the leadership to turn plans into reality. To roll up my sleeves, to motivate a country to unite and rebuild America Ė and make it fairer and better.
And Iím ready to get working.
- Mike Bloomberg
Source: Mike Bloomberg 2020