Mike Bloomberg’s campaign leaves door open to Hillary Clinton as VP

Will billionaire Mike Bloomberg decide to make Hillary Clinton his running mate if he wins the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination? Maybe.

On Saturday, the former New York mayor’s campaign responded to speculation about a Bloomberg–Clinton ticket by leaving the question open. “We are focused on the primary and the debate, not VP speculation,” Jason Schechter, the Bloomberg campaign’s communications director, said in a statement to reporters.

Clinton on the ticket?

Speculation about Clinton serving as Bloomberg’s vice president first emerged after the news aggregator Drudge Report posted the claim, citing sources within Bloomberg’s campaign. A source reportedly told Drudge that Bloomberg is even considering moving from New York to Colorado or Florida because “the electoral college makes it hard for a POTUS and VPOTUS from the same state.”

Combined with previous reports alleging that Clinton herself wants to get back into politics, the rumor mill kicked into high gear. Bloomberg has yet to deny the story, and from Schechter’s recent statement, it doesn’t seem that the former mayor’s campaign necessarily wants to put an end to the speculation.

And while Clinton herself hasn’t commented on recent reports, she hasn’t been shy about saying she isn’t closing the door on Washington, either. Asked if she’d accept an offer to be a Democratic presidential contender’s running mate, Clinton told Ellen Degeneres: “Well, that’s not going to happen.”

“But no, probably no,” she added, according to the New York Post. “I never say never because I believe in serving my country, but it’s never going to happen.”

Why now?

It is no secret that the Democratic establishment, which would be represented by Clinton and Bloomberg, seems to be falling apart. The most prominent establishment Dem among the current field of presidential candidates is former Vice President Joe Biden, and he has yet to garner much support where it actually counts.

With two primaries in the books, Biden has managed to get just six delegates, while current leaders like Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg already have totals in the low twenties, according to The New York Times.

Indeed, by the looks of things, the Democratic establishment needs some sort of drastic change to occur for a more mainstream candidate to get the nod to face President Donald Trump in November. And it is no coincidence that the rumors about Clinton getting back into politics started to emerge when it became apparent that Biden was not living up to his frontrunner status.

Putting Clinton’s name out there with Bloomberg’s may be the solution to Democrats’ Bernie Sanders problem — and, according to that Drudge Report article, some internal polling by the Bloomberg’s campaign found that he and Clinton could be a “formidable force.”

That being said, Bloomberg has quite some ground to make up on the road to his party’s nomination. He has decided, after all, to skip the first four primaries, choosing instead to go big or go home on Super Tuesday, the Times noted.

Only time will tell if that decision pays off.

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