Billionaire media owner and former New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has stated for the first time that he is considering a run for US president, a move that would dramatically reshape the 2016 race for the White House.
Speaking to the Financial Times, the founder of the eponymous financial information group criticised the quality of the debate in the presidential race. He said that he was “looking at all the options” when asked whether he was considering putting his name forward.
“I’m listening to what candidates are saying and what the primary voters appear to be doing,” Bloomberg said, adding that he would need to add his name on ballots by early March in order to stage a serious campaign.
The billionaire also blasted the campaigns so far.
“I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters,” he said, adding that the public deserved “a lot better.”