No third party candidate has ever won a U.S. presidential election, though Ross Perot managed to win 19 percent of the vote in 1992. Whether Bloomberg could win the race, and whether he would leech more votes from the Democratic or Republican candidate, is unclear. Bloomberg was elected mayor of New York as a Republican, but later became a political independent. On the national stage, he is best-known for pushing liberal policies, such as gun control and environmentalism.
Bloomberg’s advisers told the Times that if the former mayor runs, he will present himself as a bipartisan, technocratic figure capable of bridging the yawning gap between the two parties.
One potential complicating factor for a run is Bloomberg’s age. He is currently 73, and will turn 74 in less than a month, meaning that if elected he would be the oldest president ever by a sizable margin (Ronald Reagan took office at 69).
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