CITY & STATE: WINNERS & LOSERS

September 18, 2018 at 4:30 am

Will New York City’s former Mayor Michael Bloomberg challenge President Donald Trump in 2020? What’s the fallout in Albany after the primaries? Who are the real winners and losers in the Empire State? We’re breaking it down.

Aired on September 17, 2018. 

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>> GOOD EVENING, AND WELCOME TO
"METROFOCUS."
I'M JACK FORD.
ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE
TIMES OF LONDON, FORMER NEW YORK
CITY MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG IS
EYEING A RUN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
IN 2020.
DESPITE PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERING
AS AN INDEPENDENT, WHEN HE
PRESIDE OVER CITY HALL, HE DID
SO AS A REPUBLICAN.
ARMED WITH AN ESTIMATED PERSONAL
FORTUNE OF MORE THAN $50
BILLION, THE 76-YEAR-OLD WOULD
NOT HAVE ANY ISSUE FINANCING THE
CAMPAIGN IF HE DECIDES TO RUN.
THAT NEWS OVER THE WEEKEND WAS A
BUSY WEEK IN NEW YORK POLITICS,
WITH GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO
DEFEATING HIS CHALLENGER,
CYNTHIA NIXON.
AND A WAVE OF YOUNG PROGRESSIVES
SECURED VICTORIES, OUSTING
MEMBERS OF THE INDEPENDENT
DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE, WHO HAD
CAUCUSED WITH REPUBLICANS, AN
ALLIANCE THAT CAUSED MUCH
CONSTERNATION WITH MANY IN
ALBANY.
WE'RE PLEASED TO WELCOME BACK
JOHN LYNN TO "METROFOCUS."
GOOD TO SEE YOU.
ALWAYS SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE A LOT
TO TALK ABOUT.
LET'S START WITH THE NOTION OF
FORMER MAYOR BLOOMBERG RUNNING
FOR PRESIDENT.
WE HEARD THIS BEFORE IN THE
PAST.
IT'S BEEN FLOATED REGULARLY.
WE KNOW HE'S SERIOUSLY
CONSIDERED IT IN THE PAST.
WHAT DO YOU SOUNDS DIFFERENT
ABOUT THIS?
>> MORE OF IT SOUNDS THE SAME.
2008, 2012, 2016, HE'S OPINION
-- HE'S BEEN IN THE
CONVERSATION.
OBVIOUSLY NEVER JUMPED IN.
AS YOU NOTED, AS A DEMOCRAT,
COULD HE WIN THE DEMOCRATIC
PRIMARY?
COULD HE SUCCEED IN IOWA, NEW
HAMPSHIRE, AND SOME OF THESE
STATES?
ESPECIALLY IN AN ERA WHERE NOT
ONLY WITH TRUMP YOU HAVE THE
REPUBLICAN PARTY GOING RIGHT,
BUT THE DEMOCRAT PARTY MOVING
LEFT.
SO THAT'S A BIG QUESTION.
>> HOW ABOUT THE NOTION OF HIM
SAYING LOOK, I WAS A REPUBLICAN,
BUT I LOOK TO BE AN INDEPENDENT.
I'M A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A
CENTRIST.
CERTAINLY ON SOCIAL ISSUES.
DO YOU THINK THAT THE CLIMATE
MIGHT BE BETTER FOR HIM NOW TO
RUN THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN
THE PAST?
>> THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.
HARD TO SAY.
BUT AGAIN, YOU SEE INCREASING
POLARIZATION RIGHT NOW.
YOU SEE BOTH PARTIES GOING TO
THE EXTREMES.
MIGHT BE HARD TO GET THROUGH THE
PRIMARIES.
I THINK THERE IS AN APPETITE BY
SOME VOTERS FOR SOMEONE IN THE
MIDDLE, AGAIN, AS A REACTION TO
THAT POLARIZATION.
I DON'T KNOW IF YO CAN GET
THERE.
HE'S ALSO 76, HE'S NOT A YOUNG
MAN ANYMORE.
>> HE LOOKS GREAT, HE'S IN GOOD
SHAPE.
BUT THAT'S A NUMBER THAT THEY
WOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH.
>> AND GUN RIGHTS, ENVIRONMENT,
HE WAS REALLY STRONG WITH CORE
DEMOCRATIC POSITIONS.
BUT ON THINGS LIKE CRIMINAL
JUSTICE REFORM, SOME OTHER
ISSUES, ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, A
VERY BIG ISSUE FOR THE
DEMOCRATIC PARTY, HE'S NOT
REALLY IN SYNC WITH A LOT OF
DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS.
>> HOW SOON DO YOU THINK HE
WOULD HAVE TO ACTUALLY PUT HIS
FLAG IN THE GROUND AND SAY OKAY,
I'M NOW A CANDIDATE?
>> I THINK HE CAN WAIT A LITTLE
BIT LONGER.
YOU MENTIONED HIS WEALTH.
AND THAT MAKES HIM A BIT
UNUSUAL.
AGAIN, HE'S DONE THIS BEFORE.
IT DOES MAKE HIM PART OF THE
CONVERSATION AND GIVES HIM MORE
INFLUENCE.
BUT WHETHER HE GETS IN, IT'S
HARD TO SAY.
I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF HE
JUST TALKS ABOUT IT FOR A WHILE
AND OPTS NOT TO IN THE END.
>> LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR
WEEKLY LIST OF WINNERS AND
LOSER.
THE TOP ON THE LIST, GOVERNOR
ANDREW CUOMO.
WHY AND HOW DOES IT POSITION
HIM, DO YOU THINK, TO MOVE
FORWARD?
>> SURE.
THURSDAY WAS THE STATE
DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES.
THE GOVERNOR DID HAVE A
CHALLENGE FROM CYNTHIA NIXON.
SHE GOT OF VISIBILITY, HER
ACTING CAREER, HER CELEBRITY.
HE WON HANDILY, CLOSE TO 2/3 OF
THE VOTE.
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, THE
GOVERNOR DID SAY DURING A DEBATE
HE WILL NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENT.
>> HE WAS PRETTY DEFINITIVE.
HE WAS PUSHED TO BE VERY
DEFINITIVE ABOUT IT.
WERE YOU SURPRISED?
>> I WAS SURPRISED BY THAT.
AMONG THE ALBANY PRESS CORPS,
PEOPLE THOUGHT HE HARBORED
AMBITIONS FOR PRESIDENT.
I SAY STAY TUNED LIKE THAT.
HE MIGHT BE THE MORE LIKELY NEW
YORKER TO GET IN.
>> LET'S TAKE A LOOK, YOU
MENTIONED THE IDC, ALEXANDER
BIJIA, EXPLAIN WHY SHE'S A
WINNER.
>> I THINK THAT WAS THE BIGGEST
SURPRISE OF ELECTION NIGHT.
SHE BEAT JEFF KLEIN, A STATE
SENATOR FROM THE BRONX.
HE HAD STARTED EIGHT YEARS AGO
THE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC
CONFERENCE.
THIS WAS A BREAKAWAY GROUP THAT
PARTNERED WITH REPUBLICANS.
IN THE YEAR OF TRUMP, YOU HAD A
LOT OF DEMOCRATS AND
PROGRESSIVES THAT WERE UNHAPPY
AT THAT COOPERATION.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE IDC WAS
DISBANDED, BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH.
SHE WAS SUCCESSFUL, KNOCKED OUT
KLEIN, WHO IS A REAL INFLUENTIAL
POWER BROKER IN ALBANY.
>> LETICIA JAMES.
>> ANOTHER BIG WINNER, THE NEW
YORK CITY PUBLIC ADVOCATE.
SHE WON A CROWDED PRIMARY FOR
STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
ACTUALLY DID PRETTY WELL, BETTER
THAN THE POLLS SUGGESTED.
THERE'S SOME UNDECIDED VOTERS
GOING INTO THE NIGHT.
>> IT WAS A HOTLY CONTESTED
PRIMARY.
>> IT WAS, AND SHE'S GOING TO BE
THE TOP PROSECUTOR IN THE STATE,
AS LONG AS SHE WINS AGAINST THE
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE.
>> LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD, DO YOU
THINK THAT MIGHT BE POSITIONING
HER FOR A RUN AS MAYOR?
>> I WOULD SAY MORE LIKELY IT'S
BEEN A SPRINGBOARD TO GOVERNOR
POSITION.
THAT WOULD BE HISTORIC FOR HER,
IF SHE WINS IN THE GENERAL AS
ATTORNEY GENERAL, THAT'S A
HISTORIC WIN, FIRST
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN IN THE
STATEWIDE POST.
>> THANKS, SIR.
LOOK FORWARD TO OUR NEXT
CONVERSATION.
>> THANK YOU.
>> YOU BE WELL.

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