Published: Mon, February 17, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Michael Bloomberg under increasing fire from fellow US Democrats

Michael Bloomberg under increasing fire from fellow US Democrats

Democratic presidential candidateTom Steyer speaks during a candidate forum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

At Sanders' rally, the crowded cheered as the Vermont senator joked that Bloomberg is "struggling, he's down to his last $60 billion" and derided him for skipping the early primary states.

Klobuchar, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation", accused Bloomberg of avoiding scrutiny by blanketing the airwaves and sidestepping debates or tough televised interviews.

Klobuchar, a third-term senator from Minnesota, responded, "No". "We're finally able to run ads in Nevada, to run ads in the SC and beyond", she said. "I'm never going to beat him on the air-wave, but I can beat him on the debate stage".

He pointed to Mr Bloomberg's policing policies in NY seen as aggressive and unfairly targeting young blacks and Latinos, his failure to endorse Barack Obama in 2008 and his reported support for discriminatory housing policies. "You all are going to start focusing on him like you have on me - which I'm not complaining - like you have on me the last six months", Biden said. "But some of those same voices are among those who voted to confirm Kevin McAleenan as the CBP head who presided over, for example, the horrifying conditions that children were kept in, and we have to look at what kind of judgment that experience has brought". While other issues are important, many voters who care about immigration have grown more cynical of all politicians and less forgiving of past mistakes, since the hardened immigration policies of the Trump administration.

Biden reminded older parishioners at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in North Las Vegas of 1960s television footage of black protesters in Birmingham, Alabama, being attacked by police dogs and sprayed with fire hoses on the orders of city official Bull Connor. "They're wearing fine suits, and they're living in the White House". Well she had two great debates and is coming in second in different polls and so we should not just be forcing people out.

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Biden has been hammering home the need for any Democratic candidate to appeal to voters of color.

After Iowa and New Hampshire, Democrat candidates will now try their luck in Nevada caucus on February 22.

Klobuchar made the case that she can be victorious during the Nevada Caucus because the state has elected a majority of women in both the state Senate and legislature.

"I was laser-focused on making sure we did the right thing legally".

Sanders and Buttigieg are in a neck-and-neck race, with the latter narrowly winning the most delegates so far. "I was a data guy".

"The answers are going to come to Washington, not from Washington", Buttigieg said.

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