Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

'Little Michael will fail!' Donald Trump mocks Bloomberg's presidential run

'Little Michael will fail!' Donald Trump mocks Bloomberg's presidential run

Instead, a viable Bloomberg campaign will depend upon Iowa and New Hampshire and SC splitting, giving the party no clear front-runner ahead of Super Tuesday.

Bloomberg has repeatedly said he would not run for president but, after looking at the crop of candidates, made a decision to enter the race.

Bloomberg has criticized Warren and his plan to institute a super-rich tax if he is elected as president to fund programs ranging from universal medical care to free university tuition.

“If Mike runs, he would offer a new choice to Democrats built on a unique record running Americas biggest city, building a business from scratch and taking on some of Americas toughest challenges as a high-impact philanthropist.”.

Of Bloomberg's message, Vilsack said: "He is in". He again looked seriously at a presidential bid earlier this year, traveling to early voting states and conducting extensive polling, but decided not to run in part because of Biden's perceived strength. It is understood that members of his staff are already in Alabama to gather signatures to qualify for the Democratic primary.

Unlike Democrats Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who took shots at Bloomberg, Biden took the news in stride.

Bloomberg, 77, has told associates that he intends to run, and if he backed away from the race now it would represent an abrupt reversal that would recall his past flirtations with a presidential bid.

In July 2014, when the Obama administration temporarily halted USA airlines from flying to Israel amid Hamas launching from rockets into the Jewish state, Bloomberg took an El Al flight from NY to Tel Aviv "to express solidarity with the Israeli people and show the world that Israel's airports remain open and safe", he wrote then.

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Real-life, non-million-dollar-donor Democrats are happy with the candidates they already have. In July, Pew Research Center found that 65 percent of Democrats had a "good" or "excellent" impression of the candidates running for the Democratic nomination, 25 percent said their sense was that the field was fair, and only 5 percent had a "poor" impression. 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.

Bloomberg initially said earlier this year that he would not be making a run for the Democratic nomination.

"More billionaires seeking more political power surely isn't the change America needs", said Sanders' campaign manager, Faiz Shakir.

"If I'm not mistaken, I'm doing quite well, both in relation to Trump and to all the people who run", he said.

"He's a phenomenal entrepreneur and businessman", Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said.

Mr Gray added: “It shakes things up, obviously.”. Biden remains at-or-near the top of many national polls among Democratic hopefuls.

Team Bloomberg will also have to find staffers - a likely tough task because his well-established opponents have scooped up much of the talent.

The firm issued a statement to The Post saying the firm is sticking with Biden - and indicated Knapp would have to leave from the firm to work for Bloomberg.

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