Daily US Times, Nevada: Michael Bloomberg’s first Democratic presidential debate turned into everyone v Bloomberg as all other candidates attacked the billionaire candidate.
In the punchy debate in Las Vegas, Mr. Bloomberg came under attack from all sides for many policies during his time as New York City Mayor.
For months, the Democratic candidates filed rivalry on each other, but on Wednesday night in Nevada, the debate stage had one significant new arrival.
Since his late lunch for candidacy, this is the first time he directly faced off against his opponents.
Everyone v Bloomberg
From the beginning, candidate after candidate took turns taking shots at the newcomer to the contest. As expected, he got the largest hit for his stop-and-frisk policy during his time at the Mayoral office. His this policy was heavily criticized by civil rights activists at that time and on last night’s debate stage, Senator Bernie Sanders wasted no time highlighting the mayor’s support of the policy.
Senator Elizabeth Warren sheds light on the derogatory comments Bloomberg allegedly has made about women and the private agreements he has made to settle sexual harassment and hostile workplace lawsuits.
Democrats take a huge risk
“Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another,” she said, in an attempt to tie Bloomberg to Donald Trump.
Former Vice President Joe Biden highlighted his past criticism of Barack Obama’s healthcare reform. Bloomberg described the Obama Care as ‘disgrace’. Amy Klobuchar accused him of hiding behind his TV adverts.
Former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg used one answer to go after both Bloomberg and Bernie Sanders, who it should not be forgotten is leading the national polls at the moment.
He warned that if Sanders and Bloomberg are the only candidates left standing after the next few rounds of voting, Democrats will be left with two polarising figures- “a socialist who thinks that capitalism is the root of all evil and a billionaire who thinks money is the root of all power”.
“We shouldn’t have to choose”, said Buttigieg said ”between one candidate who wants to burn this party down and another candidate who wants to buy this party out.”
After getting a continuous attack, Bloomberg at times appeared to struggle to keep up.
Michael Bloomberg apologized for the policy, what he did before as well, saying that he didn’t realize how harmful it was to his city’s black community. But he denied not to drop the nondisclosure agreements that keep details of the lawsuits against his companies private, adding “None of them has accused me of doing anything wrong, except maybe they didn’t like the joke I told.”
His comments created solicited groans from the audience.