Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Begins 2020 Presidential Interviews: Report

A report surfaced Friday that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has begun seeking potential staff members in the top two primary states. According to The Hill, Bloomberg's advisers said the billionaire is interviewing future campaign personnel in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Bloomberg associate Kevin Sheekey has held interviews with potential candidates who can lead Bloomberg's efforts in Iowa and New Hampshire, which are the traditional first two stops on a presidential run and leading primary states.

"Bloomberg has the money and smart people around him, but they're preparing to build a larger campaign apparatus to compete against the other 2020 candidates if he decides to run," CNBC reported here.

The field of Democrat contenders competing to win the 2020 nomination is already a crowded field, including United States Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Next up, expectedly, is former vice president Joe Biden and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke. Then again, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton could enter the race again.

The growing field isn't a surprise, and neither is Bloomberg's name in the fray. Harris and Booker have also reportedly begun hiring staff members in the two beginning primary states, and Bloomberg is a businessman who knows the importance of having personnel in place.

Though Bloomberg is an independent, he stated previously in reports like these in The Hill that he wouldn't run against a major party.

"In 2020, the great likelihood is that an independent would just split the anti-Trump vote and end up re-electing the President," he said in in this report. "That's a risk I refused to run in 2016 and we can't afford to run it now. … We must remain united, and we must not allow any candidate to divide or fracture us. The stakes couldn't be higher."

Democrats have already railed against former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, a former Democrat who has explored running on a third-party ticket. Schultz, who's a billionaire like Bloomberg, has spoken out against the popular Democrat socialist movement of the Green New Deal, saying it's "not realistic" and that "I think it's immoral to suggest that we can tally up 20, 30, 40 $50 trillion of debt to solve a problem that can be solved in a different way."

Just last week, Warren Buffett said he would support Bloomberg if he decided to run for the top office in the country.

"If Mike Bloomberg announced tomorrow that he was a candidate, I would say that I'm for him," Buffett said. "I think he would be a very good president. He and I disagree on some things, but I think that he knows how to run things. I think that he's got the right goals for America, he understands people, he understands the market system ... I would have no trouble being for him."