New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who says he is not running for president, placed two full-page gun-control advertisements in newspapers from states hosting the nation’s first presidential contests, reports the Associated Press. Ads yesterday in the New Hampshire Union Leader and Des Moines Register feature a photograph of him surrounded by several other mayors from his anti-gun coalition.
The ads cost $22,200 and were purchased by a nonprofit group he founded, Mayors Against Illegal Guns Inc. The ad’s message is targeted at candidates competing in Iowa’s Jan. 3 caucuses and New Hampshire’s Jan. 8 primary. It asks, “Where do the presidential candidates stand on illegal guns?” It features excerpts from a questionnaire that the gun coalition released Dec. 9, asking for candidates’ responses by Jan. 2. None has been turned in so far.