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Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative Bloomberg Will Endorse Clinton

Michael Bloomberg is an independent who supports politicians from both sides of the aisle, but this time, he chose Hillary Clinton.
Posted at 8:00 PM, Jul 24, 2016

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to endorse Hillary Clinton and to speak at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Bloomberg — who was considering his own run for president earlier this year — is an independent with a history of switching parties. He was a Democrat until he ran for mayor and switched to the Republican Party, which he also later left.

Bloomberg has said he bases his endorsement decisions on how candidates align with the issues he cares about, not which party they belong to.

Even when it comes to presidential endorsements, Bloomberg has a history of bipartisanship. In 2004, he endorsed Republican George W. Bush over his opponent John Kerry, but in 2012, he endorsed Democrat Barack Obama.

In recent years, Bloomberg has aligned more with Democrats on issues like gun control, climate change and LGBTQ rights. 

On fiscal issues, he's more conservative and is opposed to a few of the economic issues adopted by the Democratic Party this year.

"Some of the policies are misguided. I, for example, am not in favor, have never been in favor, of raising the minimum wage," Bloomberg told Bloomberg News.

Bloomberg has been increasingly disappointed with Donald Trump and his views on immigration and the economy. 

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A senior adviser to Bloomberg told the New York Times that he would endorse Clinton "from the perspective of a business leader and an independent," not using the standard Democratic message.

That could be a big boost for Clinton's image among more fiscally conservative voters, since Trump has been touting his background as a businessman as a central aspect of his campaign. 

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