Trump says Bloomberg wouldn't do well in 2020

Clay Curtis
November 10, 2019

Former New York City Mayor and possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, US, January 29, 2019.

While Bloomberg has yet to make a final decision, Axios reports that one is coming "soon" and added that he will "quickly ramp up in other states with deadlines approaching, including Arkansas, New Hampshire, Florida, California and Texas".

Michael Bloomberg flirted with a presidential run in 2008, 2012, 2016, and just this year, when, after touring the country, he wrote in March that while he believed he "would defeat President Trump in a general election", he was "clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field".

Former Vice President Joe Biden welcomed businessman Michael Bloomberg potentially jumping into the Democratic primary, dismissing the notion that it's a reflection of his performance in the race.

Bloomberg's adviser, Howard Wolfson, told CNN that he plans to skip the first four primaries in the new year.

"With regard to Michael Bloomberg, I welcome him in the race", Biden said.

"I have no, no problem with him getting in the race", Biden said.

The 77-year-old politician will run against current Democratic candidates with a capitalist mindset and $50 billion net worth, FOX Business' Stuart Varney said.

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It's a strategy that acknowledges the limitations of entering the race at this late stage and the opportunities afforded by the billionaire's vast personal wealth. Commenting on Bloomberg's possible candidacy, the former vice president said he was not anxious that the media mogul would attract centrist voters.

Presented with Mr Bloomberg as a hypothetical entrant into the primary, 32 per cent of Democratic primary voters said they would never vote for him and 6 per cent of Democratic primary voters said they would definitely support him.

"He is in", Vilsack said of Bloomberg's message.

Mr Bloomberg is said to be fully aware such a belated entry to the race could present challenges in states like Iowa and New Hampshire, where other Democratic contenders have been campaigning for months. Still, I would have to build a multi-state organization on the go.

Trump was responding to news that the billionaire Blomberg is opening the door to a 2020 White House bid.

The early states offer just a small percentage of the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination.

He led an effort to create a technology campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City as a joint effort between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. But in a statement Thursday, his political adviser Howard Wolfson says Bloomberg is anxious that the current crop of Democratic presidential candidates is "not well positioned" to defeat President Donald Trump.

Advisers to Mr Bloomberg said he would likely make up his mind about the race within days, rather than weeks. He was planning to file paperwork Friday to get his name on the ballot in Alabama, which has the earliest filing deadline for the presidential campaign.

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