Michael Bloomberg changes party affiliation, re-registers as Democrat

Michael Bloomberg re-registers as Democrat ahead of possible run for White House

In a move that could fuel more speculation about his political future, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg has rejoined the Democratic party.

The change in party affiliation comes after Bloomberg made a decision to spend millions in the 2018 election to help elect Democrats.

Michael Bloomberg is back - in the Democratic Party, that is. He switched to the Republican Party for his mayoral run in 2001 and changed again in 2007 by registering as an independent.

Last week, Bloomberg announced he would give $20 million to the main Democratic Senate super PAC.

"Today, I have re-registered as a Democrat - I had been a member for most of my life - because we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs", Bloomberg wrote in a caption to a photo of him filling out his NY state voter registration form.


"Truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy", Bloomberg said in his speech at Democratic National Convention in July 2016. "Today, I have re-registered as a Democrat - I had been a member for most of my life - because we need Democrats to provide the checks and balances our nation so badly needs".

Bloomberg has said he will "take a look" at a presidential campaign after the midterm elections.

The global media company founder said he has registered as a Democrat, which would be especially significant if he decides to challenge US President Donald Trump in 2020.

The move underscores the liberal-leaning politician's belief, articulated last month in aNew York Times article, that only a candidate aligned with a major political party can win the White House. "So if you ran, yeah, you'd have to run as a Democrat".

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