Michael Bloomberg is the ideal candidate to run for president, writes Michael Nutter in The Hill. His surge in the polls shows that his message is resonating with US voters. Some complain about the fact that Bloomberg is a self-funded billionaire, but this is an asset. It means that he is bound to no interests other than those of the American people, unlike Donald Trump. New York's highly successful mayor for 12 years, Bloomberg has the leadership skills that are needed to unite the country and take it forward. He has gotten around 120 endorsements by mayors, congressional representatives and governors. The American people are speaking clearly: The more they see of Bloomberg, the more they like him.
Michael Bloomberg is not fit to be president, believes Ross Barkan of Jacobin Magazine. It was under him that police abuses in New York flourished. He championed "stop and frisk," terrorizing innocent minorities with aggressive police body searches that were deemed unconstitutional in 2013. The 2004 arrest of 1,800 people during a peaceful protest of the Republican National Convention, under his leadership, resulted in an $18 million settlement, partly due to violations in New York law. Bloomberg's crackdown on the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement was heavily criticized. His policies increased homelessness and inequality. Bloomberg's past should disqualify him from becoming president.