Billionaire Michael Bloomberg files paperwork to run for US president

Michael Bloomberg prepares to speak at the Christian Cultural Centre in New York City on Nov 17, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Billionaire Michael Bloomberg filed paperwork on Thursday (Nov 21) with the Federal Election Commission to run for US president as a Democrat, the latest sign that the former New York City Mayor is joining the crowded nominating contest.

The filing allows Bloomberg to raise money in a bid for the White House, but an aide said on Thursday that no final decision on whether he will run has been made.

Bloomberg, 77, has signalled that he plans a late-entry in the Democratic primary, suggesting he feels the field of nearly 20 candidates is vulnerable.

If he enters, he will likely forgo the early states where potential rivals have been visiting for months.

Bloomberg had already registered to appear on the ballot in Alabama, Arkansas and Texas.

A separate adviser said on Thursday that Bloomberg also filed to be on the ballot in Georgia and Michigan.

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.