Bloomberg on the Primaries

So here are the actual quotes from Mike Bloomberg earlier explaining how he has “mixed emotions” over New York’s move to an earlier presidential primary date, and how the federal government, not the individual states, should set the primary schedule.

“Well, you know, it cuts both ways and I have mixed emotions about it. I was asked recently and I said I guess on balance I’m in favor of moving New York’s up although you could easily convince me that it’s not a great idea. The trouble is you have a couple of small primaries that are not really very representative and because of the focus of the press they have disproportionate impact on who the candidates are that get to the bigger states. I think small states should have representation but proportionally, to the amount of people they have and compared to the big states.

“And the argument with New York is that by the time you get to New York it’s already picked. Now, this year, because you have so many primaries together, it looks like you will, and it may very well be you have two or three candidates in each of the two major parties, you won’t have a decision by then.

“Quite the contrary, those who wait, the primaries that come later will have a greater impact because all the votes will be split. And maybe it’ll work out that way. Or maybe one person will run away with it on day 1, on February 5, and the rest of them are meaningless.

“I think, however, it should be set by the federal government. We should come up with a policy from a federal point of view and not let each state do it cause there’s no coordination and nobody’s focusing on what’s good for the public and good for the country and national elections. They’re only focusing on what’s good for the state.”

Spoken like someone who, theoretically, would be willing to write-off Iowa and New Hampshire in favor of California and New York.

— Azi Paybarah

Bloomberg on the Primaries