Thursday, 21 November, 2019

Donald Trump takes aim at potential Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg

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Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2019, 19:22

This time he would be entering the race as The Anti-Trump and The Anti-Warren, The Anti Sanders, The Anti-Wealth Tax.

Bloomberg, who served as New York's mayor from 2002 to 2013, is sceptical that any of the current crop of Democratic candidates can defeat Republican President Donald Trump in next year's general election, a spokesman said.

In February next year, primaries and caucuses or state-by-state votes, will be held to pick a Democratic presidential nominee. Wins there would give Biden momentum heading into the 14 Super Tuesday primaries, the memo states. At this point, the idea seems to be, Bloomberg will be able to present himself as a compromise candidate, someone who will be tough on guns and serious about climate change but realistic about Wall Street and taxation.

US President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Lexington, Kentucky, November 4, 2019.

On Israel, Bloomberg said he had "deep reservations" about the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which the Trump administration withdrew from in May 2018, reimposing sanctions lifted under it, along with enacting new financial penalties against the regime.

Among those Bloomberg has reached out to: Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor who remains popular in the state. Bloomberg left a voicemail indicating he plans to run.

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

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A political nomad with respect to party affiliation, Bloomberg was elected mayor three times on the Republican ticket before he registered as a Democrat during the midterm elections and spent more than $100 million to help the party take control of the House of Representatives.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. But the announcement came due to the Democratic Party's divisive and crowded primary field. "He's not going to do well, but I think he's going to hurt Biden actually", Mr Trump said.

It also points to Biden's steady lead in SC and Nevada, the latter two of the four early state primaries, which have a far more diverse electorate than both Iowa and New Hampshire. "The nation is about to see a very different campaign than we've ever seen before". Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren, according to people with knowledge of those discussions.

Despite tentatively throwing his hat into the ring at a relatively late stage, Bloomberg would appear to be entering the race just below the top tier of candidates.

"Michael's a solid guy, and let's see where it goes", Mr Biden told reporters.

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

The move will give Bloomberg's nascent campaign crucial additional weeks to get up to speed and compete against rival Democrats who have been on the ground for months, sources told The Post. Biden is 76 and Warren is 70.