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Michael R.Bloomberg, a former mayor of New York City will not enter the 2016 campaign, the New York Times published as he said on Monday, “citing his fear that a three-way race could lead to the election of a candidate who would imperil the security and stability of the United States: Donald J. Trump.” Bloomberg said he was disturbed by the Trump’s “feigning ignorance of David Duke,” the white supremacist leader whose support Mr. Trump initially refused to disavow, threats to immigrants and Muslims.
As the Times writes, Bloomberg had an extensive talks with retired admiral and former chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Michael G. Mullen, about “independent race.”
By opting not to run, Mr. Bloomberg is deactivating a political apparatus far more extensive than the one he assembled the last time he seriously weighed a run for president, in 2008. In private conversations, Mr. Bloomberg appeared far more enthusiastic about running now, and he laid out his ambitions in conversations with leaders including Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, the Times said.
Bloomberg, a famous businessmen, announced he will serve in other ways.
“For most Americans, citizenship requires little more than paying taxes,” he wrote. “But many have given their lives to defend our nation — and all of us have an obligation as voters to stand up on behalf of ideas and principles that, as Lincoln said, represent ‘the last best hope on Earth.’ “
I hope and pray I’m doing that,” he wrote, as the Times publishes.