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Michael Bloomberg, possible presidential candidate, sets Cedar Rapids visit

Former New York mayor also heading to Ankeny and Des Moines

Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg

DES MOINES — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a possible presidential candidate in 2020, has planned events next week in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines in a visit kicking off the next presidential selection cycle.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg, 76, a billionaire media executive, is slated to tour Paulson Electric & Solar Co. in Cedar Rapids and lead a noon-hour roundtable discussion of renewable energy with state Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids.

He then heads to Ankeny for a tour of the Wind Turbine and New Energy Lab at Des Moines Area Community College, and to meet with students from there and Iowa Lakes Community College who are featured, along with Hogg, in “Paris to Pittsburgh,” a documentary coproduced by Bloomberg Philanthropies and RadicalMedia, according to Lee Cochran of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Bloomberg will attend a Des Moines premiere of the documentary, which promoters say “captures the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most-severe threats of climate change in their own backyards.” The film — which will air globally Dec. 12 on the National Geographic Channel — features many clean energy solutions found in Iowa.

Bloomberg, who is considering a possible presidential bid, aligned himself with Democrats in the midterm elections after having been elected mayor of New York both as an independent and as a Republican.

Iowa, which boasts the first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses for both Democratic and Republicans at the start of each presidential election cycle, is drawing the attention of many candidates, particularly Democrats, who are lining up to challenge Republican President Donald Trump, assuming he chooses to seek a second term.

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