Michael Bloomberg to join next Democratic debate amid poll surge

Michael Bloomberg to join next Democratic debate amid poll surge
Bloomberg is expected to face tough questions over some of his policies as mayor. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times, Nevada: Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will take part in a Democratic nomination debate for the first time on Wednesday, his campaign confirmed.

This a direct result for Mr. Bloomberg as his poll surge. In order to take part in the next Democratic debate, which will take place in Nevada, he had to poll above double digits in four national polls recognized by the Democratic Party.

NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows he acquired that required number, to be specific, he had support from 19% of those surveyed. The poll result published on Tuesday.

The former New York City Mayor is not competing in the first four nomination contests, instead, he has chosen to enter the race on 3 March, known as Super Tuesday, when 14 states will vote.

The 78-year-old candidate came in second place in the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll while Bernie Sanders came in first with 31% support nationally and Joe Biden was in third place with 15%.

Bloomberg’s campaign manager Kevin Sheekey said ”Mike is looking forward to joining the other Democratic candidates on stage and making the case for why he’s the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump and unite the country.”

The billionaire businessman enters the presidential race far later, but after his entry, he stormed the advertising slots as he has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on television, radio and digital advertising for his campaign.

CNN reports that Mr. Bloomberg has a campaign operation involving more than 2,000 aides in New York and across the country.

Other candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren accused him of trying to buy the election, but he denied it and further offered to fund the Democratic effort to beat Republican President Donald Trump even if he does not win the nomination.

During a Democratic dinner in Nevada on Sunday, Bernie Sanders said American people are sick and tired of billionaires buying elections.

Michael Bloomberg is expected to face tough questions over some of his policies as mayor.

During his time as mayor, he was criticized over his support for the “stop and frisk” policy that saw a disproportionate number of black or Latino people questioned and searched by police officers.

He has issued apologies, but Joe Biden has vowed to challenge him on the policies.

Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar, who surprised many in the New Hampshire caucus, said she thought Mr Bloomberg should be on the debate stage and he has to answer questions.

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