Michael Bloomberg may brand himself an independent, but his liberal stances align him with the Democrats, reports the New York Times. Bloomberg supports gay marriage, abortion rights, and stricter gun control laws, levies taxes on the rich and is against deporting illegal immigrants. But supporters say his idea for nonpartisan leadership is rooted more in governing philosophy, not on hot-button issues.
“I don’t see the product differentiation, except for the $4 billion bank account and the aura of the philosopher-king,” says one expert. To some, though, Bloomberg is the ideal candidate—his billionaire status keeps him insulated from special interests and his open-mindedness lets him select the best ideas from left and right. Despite continuing rumors, he has denied a presidential run.