Published: Tue, February 18, 2020

Bloomberg qualifies for next Democratic debate

Bloomberg qualifies for next Democratic debate

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday's Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses, where he will take the stage for the first time. To date, former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sens.

© Brett Carlsen Image: Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg during a campaign rally The DNC announced last month that it was doing away with the grassroots donor threshold that had been used in the qualifications for the previous eight debates. Tuesday's poll was Bloomberg's fourth with over 10 percent. One of the poll's "key findings" was that "Almost a quarter of the population surveyed, regardless of party, think that President Trump is paying more attention to the issues that affect the Latino community than all other candidates, with the exception of Bernie Sanders".

Sanders has repeatedly slammed Bloomberg for his attempt to "buy" his way into the presidential race, and by highlighting Bloomberg's absence on the campaign trail in early-voting states.

Bloomberg's campaign manager, Kevin Sheekey, said, "Our campaign is seeing a groundswell of support across the country, and qualifying for the February 19 debate is the latest sign that Mike Bloomberg's plan and ability to defeat Donald Trump is resonating with more and more Americans".

Bloomberg will face his Democratic challengers face-to-face and give a nationwide audience a chance to see how the billionaire media mogul fares against questions from moderators and opponents.

Bloomberg therefore meets the threshold required by the Democratic National Committee to attend the debate on Wednesday. They were not asked about Bloomberg.

He served three terms as New York's mayor, first as a Republican, then as an independent.

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