Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bloomberg has spent over $200m in presidential campaign

Bloomberg has spent over $200m in presidential campaign

"I'm spending all my money to get rid of Trump", Bloomberg told Reuters aboard his campaign bus on Saturday, during a almost 300-mile (483-km) drive across Texas.

Jim Messina, who managed Barack Obama's 2012 campaign, revealed in an interview over the weekend that Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic presidential nomination would be welcomed news for President Donald Trump.

Corporate Democrats got a jolt at the end of last week when the highly regarded Iowa Poll showed Bernie Sanders surging into first place among Iowans likely to vote in the state's February 3 caucuses. While speaking with voters, some Sanders volunteers were using a script saying that Warren supporters "are highly educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what" and that "she's bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party". Elizabeth Warren and I will continue to work together, we will discuss the issues.

Sanders is now trying to backtrack on his campaign's talking points, telling a Buzzfeed reporter that he did not approve the script and referred to the entire spat as "a little bit of a media blow up, the kind that wants conflict". We have worked together in the Senate for years. "But here's my concern about her", it adds, before moving to the criticism of her supporters. Elizabeth Warren, but higher in some polls than his fellow billionaire candidate, Tom Steyer.

In talking points distributed by Sanders' campaign to volunteers, supporters were instructed to describe the MA senator as a candidate of the elite who predominantly appeals to "highly-educated, affluent people" and who brings "no new bases" into the Democratic fold when speaking to voters.

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When pressed further, Mr. Sanders, whose campaign has provided few details about the reported script, suggested that everything may have been the product of an employee who went rogue: "We have hundreds of employees".

Warren told reporters Sunday that factionalism impacted the Democratic Party in 2016, and a repeat would not bode well for 2020. Elizabeth Warren has hundreds of employees.

"Some of you may have noticed that recently our campaign and me personally have been the target of attacks from Trump and the Republican party because they are catching on that our campaign is the campaign that can and win defeat them", Sanders said at a town hall event in Newton, Iowa on Saturday. "You have heard me give many speeches".

"Joe Biden would crush Donald Trump in a general election", Biden spokesman Andrew Bates told Politico. "People do certain things", he said.

While Biden has largely stayed mum on Sanders' attacks in recent days, Warren's broadside sets the potential for a debate-stage clash in which he'll likely be attacked by multiple opponents. He has sought to cast himself as the only one capable of beating Trump, arguing he would drive turnout among working-class and minority voters who would not otherwise vote.

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