Listen: Democratic Party, Joe Biden And Michael Bloomberg discussed on John Batchelor
"Brown is a political science, and I need her health because the Democratic Party has different interpretations of where we are in the election cycle for the nomination of president for twenty twenty and lar will look at this from the planet of view of what's worked in the past will work in the future, and what will work right now to raise money to raise neck name recognition and to prepare for the first democratic nomination debate. Which I believe is as early as June, which is ten minutes from now in politics, a very good evening to you. Thank you for this professor at George Washington University. I'm not asking you to speak to your students have asked him to speak to my students every all the rest of us. Michael bloomberg. We know him very well three times very successful mayor in New York after being a very successful news un-trumpian. Or are these many decades worth billions and billions of dollars a very generous, man. He's fun as a. Atlanta fist philanthropist. It can't be matched witnessed Johns Hopkins. But makes a decision in these last hours not to enter into the presidential election. He's mostly a democrat. He rented the Republican party to be the mayor here, and it came to the tragedy of two thousand and one and it came his way, and he was a great success. Why is he passing on running for the presidency? Good evening to you. Good evening. John. Thanks for having me on tonight. I think that if you were to ask me why is he passing up this opportunity to run? It's because he knows that there isn't a lane for him to run within the Democratic Party. And by that, I mean that there are already, you know, fourteen candidates who've declared there are another handful that are out there that are weighing the prospects. And the truth of the matter is. Even with money, the other resources that you need start to become scarce and those other resources includes staff, and then obviously individuals who want to volunteer and help put you into office. The concern. I have here is if there's no lane for him. What what is the lane that? He was expected is he in the Democratic Party? I mean, Michael Bloomberg is not quiet. He's all climate change. He in fact, many of the policies that are consistent with the Democratic Party. These last years are Michael Bloomberg. So what what is the lane that doesn't exist for? Well. I don't think he needs to worry about that. Because so many of the Democrats who are already in including you know, Jay Ensley are already taking up that mantle decide you of a green new deal a whole series of why it is that it's important to focus on climate change. I see what you mean is that there's no lane of his own. Yeah. It's a crowded field, and it's hard to get media oxygen. And if you don't have some sort of, you know, base already trying to attract a base of activists, when quite frankly, your, you know, a white man who happens to be a billionaire from Manhattan is not going to be the easiest dry in the Democratic Party at worked for the Republicans once upon a time, but that is why we're here at twenty twenty you mentioned governor Inslee who is all climate change. I understand that. And perhaps he's running to be secretary of the interior in a democratic administration. We turn to another governor. This is Mr. Hickenlooper of Colorado successful mayor in the largest city. Denver successful governor from a purple state a state that could be in play depending on how things go go. What is his lathe? How does he present himself to the Democratic Party? Well, I think this is where what is going to be fascinating is to see how sort of these more moderate candidates end up pushing up against one another. I mean, former vice president Joe Biden, it should he jump in. He is really has a background of being a moderate not a background of being progressive. So presumably he's going to maneuver through this kind of let's be friends and find some compromises, it is also the case that beta Rourke has not charted out particularly progressive strategy. And if if he jumps in does he feel this world of you know, maybe what we need is a pragmatist who's also an optimist. And this is where I think the problem for someone like Hickenlooper is. He doesn't have either the name recognition of a Biden or the kind of celebrity of Baidoa Rourke, and again, he'll find himself having difficulty raising money attracting voters and finding some media oxygen here in New York. Andrew Cuomo thrice elected, governor of New York, a very powerful part of the Democratic Party. His father thrice elected governor of New York has father chose not to run in nineteen Eighty-four for which he was celebrated afterwards is hamlet on the Hudson. I now see that Andrew Cuomo was facing much the same decision. Do I or Joan I what is his laid for the Democratic Party. I mean, you know, we have lots of New Yorkers are going to run for president, maybe Hillary Clinton. Well, again, mayor de Blasio will again, so is Andrew Cuomo something special to the rest of the party or is he yesterday's news. The old governor of a. Of a moderate state. Well, I do think that he is not what the Democrats are looking for. I mean, there is this side where the Democrats are wanting to pick a nominee that looks like the base of the Democratic Party, meaning more progresses, meaning potentially a woman or someone who is a minority. It's also very possible that someone you know, if there is anyone who could appeal to this moderate middle, and maybe the old rust belt that person is probably a mid westerner like Senator Amy klobuchar or shared Brown. I go along with that. And now we come to the the story that seems to drive all this. You mentioned Joe Biden is there and the Democratic Party anxiety about nominating someone who is not going to campaign nationally about nominating. Someone from the. Very powerful left of the party. The Bernie Sanders part, but a person who cannot go to a purple state and win is there that anxiety? I don't think so I mean, I think one of the things that the twenty eight election told the Democratic Party is that a progressive in Florida and injured who are running very far in the left of the party were not the moderates. And of course, I'm thinking of Stacey Abrams and Andrew gillum. These individuals came very close to winning and they only had midterm turnouts, not presidential year turn out. So I think there is a belief that the Democrats can look to the south. They can look to these increasingly growing diverse states for what their new coalition will be whether that includes North Carolina, Florida Georgia and who knows. Knows perhaps even Texas thirty seconds. Are you describing Bernie is that where we go with this Bernie stern? I don't I don't personally think that Bernie Sanders will be able to attract the minority support that he would need to win a nomination. So while he might be able to pull off a presidential election. I don't see how he would win in South Carolina and in Nevada, which is what he would need to do. And then of course, he'd need to win California and a big primary. His his wins were all caucus wins. Last time around not primaries, and the Democratic Party selection process is now about primary not."