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Bloomberg Reportedly Approached Andrew Yang About Possible VP Pick

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Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg has approached former Democratic candidate Andrew Yang about a potential political endorsement, going so far as to raise the possibility of Andrew Yang joining the ticket as vice president, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. 

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(Via The Wall Street Journal)

Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign has made overtures to Democrat Andrew Yang, courting the former candidate’s endorsement and floating the possibility of Mr. Yang becoming his running mate, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

Aides to the former New York City mayor reached out to discuss ways the two entrepreneurs-turned-politicians could work together as Mr. Bloomberg seeks the Democratic nomination, these people said.

Mr. Yang, who dropped out of the race earlier this month, didn’t commit to join forces, as he considers his own political future, a third person familiar with the discussions said.

Mr. Yang didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A senior Bloomberg aide said Mr. Yang wasn’t being seriously considered to be the former mayor’s running mate if he secured the nomination.

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In response to news that billionaire Michael Bloomberg was preparing to enter the presidential race, Andrew Yang welcomed the idea of the former mayor entering the race.

"Mike has a very valuable perspective to offer," Yang said in November. "I'm glad that he's looking at the race."

After poor showings in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, Yang ended his bid for the Democratic nomination. 

Yang now works as a political analyst for CNN.

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