Democratic presidential contenders are prepared to attack former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the Feb. 19 debate in Nevada, a state in which the billionaire isnt even on the ballot.
The debate, which starts at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, will be the first including Bloomberg.
“Its a shame Mike Bloomberg can buy his way into the debate. But at least now primary voters curious about how each candidate will take on Donald Trump can get a live demonstration of how we each take on an egomaniac billionaire,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 70, said in a statement on Tuesday after Bloomberg, 77, qualified for his first debate.
The qualification wouldnt have happened if the Democratic National Committee kept the same rules in place. But the committee axed a donor requirement, paving the way for Bloomberg, who is self-funding his campaign, to make the stage.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), 78, and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 48, foreshadowing the debate, attacked Bloomberg at a CNN town hall on Tuesday night.
“He said I dont have to do that, Im worth $60 billion,'” Sanders told the audience, mimicking Bloomberg as he referred to the former mayors unconventional bid that features avoiding the early voting states. “Ill buy the presidency.”
Asked if Bloomberg is trying to buy the nomination, Buttigieg said “Yes.”
“I mean, what else do you call it,” Buttigieg said. “What else do you call it when you dip into your reserves of millions and billiRead More – Source