See this article from Politico, about Republicans “laughing” at the idea of Bloomberg independent bid they think would pull votes almost exclusively from the Democratic nominee.
But even if Bloomberg’s “dream scenario” of Cruz as the Republican nominee and Sanders as the Democrat came to pass, Oman remarked, there are many weeks to go before the two major parties decide. “It’s way early. No one’s cast a ballot. We’ll see in a week in Iowa.”
Steven Grub, who runs Paul’s Iowa operation, was a little more charitable to Bloomberg.
“We are maybe more ripe for a third-party candidacy than at any point in history, so as the party effort moves to the extremes, I think we risk someone like Bloomberg sneaking through the middle,” Grub said.
Still, several veteran Republican and Democratic Iowa political operatives were skeptical that Bloomberg would be able to make inroads with voters in the state, especially after all the retail politicking candidates have been doing here for months.