Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, is becoming a significant factor in the Democratic presidential campaign. He’s self-funding a flood of national advertising and under new rules should qualify for the televised debates soon after next week’s New Hampshire primary.
He skipped the campaign for the Iowa caucuses, which traditionally forces candidates to take stands on agriculture and food policy. But there are still some clues to his approach to ag issues. He has a long record of being pro-trade, he’s a one-time critic of federal biofuel policy, and as mayor he undertook a war on obesity by trying to discourage the consumption of sugary drinks.
He’s rising swiftly in national political polls and running fourth — behind Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — among the Democratic candidates nationally, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls. Some polls also put him ahead of President Donald Trump in a head-to-head matchup.
Bloomberg’s public statements and campaign website are sketchy on agricultural and rural policies. He turns 78 on Feb. 14, was a Democrat most of his life but a Republican and an independent…
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