President Trump says Bloomberg would not do well in 2020

Nellie Chapman
November 10, 2019

It seemed to be music to the ears of Mr Trump, who let loose with a series of taunts. He's got a lot of other problems, ' Trump said.

"He's not going to do well, but I think he's going to hurt Biden actually", Mr Trump said.

"While this is not an endorsement, Michael Bloomberg is a friend and I admire his track record as a successful business leader and Mayor who finds practical solutions to some of America's biggest challenges, from creating good jobs to addressing the opioid crisis and fighting for common-sense gun safety", said Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat.

It is 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.

Ms Warren, who has clashed with Mr Bloomberg over her proposals to tax the super-rich, said his potential run for the Democratic nomination was “another example of the wealthy wanting our government and economy to only work for themselves”.

"We have enormous respect for the Democratic primary process and many friends in those states", Wolfson said in a statement.

Bloomberg's announcement exposed the weak primary field for the Democratic Party, if not Biden's weakness, and it will make the 2020 primary race much more interesting. New Hampshire's filing deadline is November 15.

The billionaire businessman initially ruled out a 2020 run, but began to reconsider in recent weeks, citing concerns about the ability of the current crop of contenders to defeat Mr Trump. Would it have been hard for a candidate with his poll numbers to have raised enough money to run the campaign Trump did in 2016?

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Among those Bloomberg has reached out to: Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor who remains popular in the state. Vilsack told The Associated Press that Bloomberg called him Thursday evening and left a voicemail indicating he plans to run.

"He is in", Vilsack said of Bloomberg's message. Bloomberg warns the current field of Democratic candidates is ill equipped to defeat Trump next year.

"I don't think you can just hopscotch around the calendar to suit your own political purposes", Mr Carrick said. Early state voters really do like the candidates to show up again and again. "The nation is about to see a very different campaign than we've ever seen before".

While Bloomberg has yet to make a final decision, Axios reports that one is coming "soon" and added that he will "quickly ramp up in other states with deadlines approaching, including Arkansas, New Hampshire, Florida, California and Texas".

Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 70; and former Vice President Joe Biden, 76.

It is also understood that he does not see the two leading liberals in the race, Elizabeth Warren a senator in MA and Bernie Sanders a Vermont senator, as potential winners against Trump.

Complicating matters, he's not alone: "the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson noted late yesterday that he spoke to a reliable source who told him former Attorney General Eric Holder "has been consulting strategists" about also possibly jumping into the 2020 presidential race".

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