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[Perspectives] Michael Bloomberg: the optimistic engineer

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As 2019 opened, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, billionaire donor to international health and climate change causes, was considering making a run for US President. It wasn't the first time he'd contemplated residing in the West Wing, but on this occasion the awful antics of President Donald Trump offered some urgency. On March 5, however, after weeks of dangling his possible run over a public desperate for leadership, Bloomberg said no, he would not join in the pool of politicians then vying for Democratic Party endorsement. “I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election”, he wrote in the news agency that bears his name, but, he added, he was “clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field”.

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Further reading

  1. Bloomberg, 1997.

    Bloomberg by Bloomberg.

    John Wiley & Sons, New York
  2. Bloomberg and Pope, 2017.

    Climate of hope: how cities, businesses, and citizens can save the planet.

    St Martin's Press, New York
  3. Boushey, 2019.

    Unbound: how inequality constricts our economy and what we can do about it.

    Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA
  4. Farley, 2015.

    Saving Gotham: a billionaire mayor, activist doctors, and the fight for eight million lives.

    WW Norton & Company, New York
  5. Levitz, June 16, 2019.

    The one percent have gotten $21 trillion richer since 1989. The bottom 50% have gotten poorer.

    New York Magazine Intelligencer.
  6. Purnick, 2009.

    Mike Bloomberg: money, power, politics.

    Public Affairs, New York
  7. Zimmerman and Anderson, 2019.

    Trends in health equity in the United States by race/ethnicity, sex, and income, 1993–2017.

    JAMA Netw Open. 2e196386

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