Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged American voters to vote for Democrats in a national political ad that cost the billionaire $5 million.
In addition to criticizing President Trump in the ad, Bloomberg, who is considering a run for president in 2020, positions himself as centrist on issues such as immigration.
The Washington Post reports:
Bloomberg, 76, portrays himself in the spot as a steady and seasoned Washington outsider (hint: presidential) who is appalled by Trump’s conduct and agenda and alarmed by episodes of political violence and Trump’s mounting attacks on the caravan of Central American migrants.
As soft piano notes play, Bloomberg criticizes the “shouting and hysterics” in Washington and the “pointed fingers” and “fearmongering” by Trump on immigration.
A grainy image of Trump flashes for a moment — a quick nod to the man he might challenge.
“Americans are neither naive nor heartless,” Bloomberg says. “We know that we can be a nation of immigrants while also securing our borders.”
Bloomberg also promoted his views on Twitter:
On Election Day, we must tell Republicans in Washington that they have failed to lead, failed to find solutions and failed to bring us together – and that we won't stand for it. That's why I'm voting Democratic. pic.twitter.com/RHDwps60JP
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) November 5, 2018
Bloomberg has also spent an estimated $100 million promoting Democrats in the midterm elections.
Make that an even $100 million. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised Tuesday to give Senate Democrats $20 million toward their bid to retake the upper chamber this fall. The pledge comes a little more than three months after Bloomberg unveiled his plan to spend $80 million to help House Democrats in their quest to take back the lower chamber.
Bloomberg wants to be president and he is using his substantial financial resources to help Democrats and his political future.