(Las Vegas, NV) – The 8th richest man in the world has bought his way onto the Democratic Debate Stage for Wednesday night in Las Vegas. A national poll from NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Marist released on Tuesday showed Bloomberg with 19 percent support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, putting him in second place behind Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who had 31 percent. That was a substantial surge since the group’s poll in December when Mr. Bloomberg received only 4 percent support.
Bloomberg’s campaign said that it saw “a groundswell of support across the country” and that qualifying for Wednesday’s debate “is the latest sign that Mike’s plan and ability to defeat Donald Trump is resonating with more Americans.”
During tomorrow night’s debate, Bloomberg will face off against Mr. Sanders; Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; and Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind.
Since announcing his candidacy for President, Bloomberg has spent nearly $300-million of his own money – all the while refusing to receive any financial contributions from a third party or individual campaign donors. Bloomberg’s tactic has been one-sided, however. Television and radio ads have blasted the once Mayor of New York City into the spotlight; however, this will be his first debate on the “Democratic Main Stage.”
Recently, Bloomberg has been heavily criticized for his rehearsed and often teleprompter speeches. While he rarely mentions his other Democratic opponents, Bloomberg firmly believes he is the only candidate that can beat Donald Trump in a national election. The difficulty for Bloomberg will be, how can a billionaire resonate with the poor and minority populations that make up the Democratic Party?
Bloomberg has often linked Trump’s wealth to his political success. Now, one of the world’s wealthiest believes it takes a “Billionaire to Beat Another Billionaire.” The chips are on the table – it should make for a fascinating “Political Hold’em or Fold’em.” in the nation’s “Sin City.”
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