Former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE said voters should demand their 2020 presidential candidates explain how they would execute their policy proposals.
Bloomberg said in a Washington Post op-ed that the next president will likely need to work with a divided Congress and won’t be able to make executive decisions about policy for the country.
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“Winning passage of legislation, whatever its details, will require a mix of compromise and cajoling, horse-trading and arm-twisting, favor-granting and trust-building,” he wrote. “Yet candidates speak as though the power of the bully pulpit will be sufficient to overcome opponents. It won’t, as recent history makes abundantly clear.”
The billionaire said candidates should present execution plans for their legislative proposals that can adjust as needed.
“The presidential aspirants are not short on big ideas,” he wrote. “But voters must demand they explain how they intend to move from proposing plans to actually implementing them, including passing them through Congress. Those who dodge the question by speaking of revolution and the bully pulpit aren’t up to the job.”
Recent reports have indicated Bloomberg is reconsidering his March decision not to run in the 2020 presidential race, if former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE falters.
He would run as a moderate candidate to combat candidates like Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) from moving the party too far to the left.
Warren has been catching up with Biden in polls, leading him in the recent Quinnipiac University poll by 3 percentage points.
Candidates like Warren and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) are promoting “Medicare for All” plans, that moderate candidates like Biden oppose, which would provide all Americans with health care from a government source.