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Bloomberg reappointed U.N. climate envoy
"Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has been reappointed as the United Nations special envoy to engage governments and businesses to combat climate change. He was first tapped for that position back in 2018. Bloomberg will focus on trying to move hi emitting countries and industries toward cleaner energy. U. N secretary general says he wants the former mayor to mobilize stronger and more ambitious climate action ahead of a global climate summit in November. The event was postponed a year to the pandemic and is seen as a key moment for international action six years after the creation of the Paris accord.
Florida attorney general scrutinizing Bloomberg paying fines for felons to vote
"Of the state of Florida a couple years ago changed the law to allow convicted felons who have paid their debt to society. And they're no longer there no longer encumbered by the shackles of parole or outstanding fines or for Ah, Foran satisfied the payment of restitution to their victims. One cell that's done, they can vote. Well, it rolled out in such a way as ah, you would assume people were anxious to go vote and actually, it took a course of action on the part of the governor. The Santa's toe, actually impose Greater restriction. Greater clarity prohibiting voting arise for people who still had fines and restitution unsatisfied. So now the Florida attorney General Ashley Moody, I'm sorry and let neglected to mention a big part. Mike Bloomberg, upon learning of this has decided that he will donate money. He's raising money and giving some $16 million To help facilitate the process of voting open the door for felons in Florida to vote in the upcoming presidential election. As a result, the Florida attorney General Ashley Moody, is calling for further investigation into whether billionaire Mike Bloomberg violated state statute when he took this course of action. She has said. She put out information of the media, she said today I sent a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into potential violations of election laws. She says she has instructed statewide prosecutor to work with law enforcement and any statewide grand jury that the governor may call. Just a day before Mr Bloomberg announced the hefty sum would go towards paying restitution and court finds that prevent Florida felons from voting. This was not missed out on the opportunity was not lost by by several and politics, including Matt Gates, House Republican representing of Florida. In fact, a member of the Judiciary Committee at the Florida attorney, hey pounced on the news of this decision, and Ah urged Moody, the attorney general to take up the criminal investigation against Mr Bloomberg. He points out the statute in Florida under a Florida law. It's a third degree felony for someone to either directly or indirectly provide something of value to impact, whether or not someone votes That's information he has shared with the media. So the question is whether or not paying off someone's finds and legal obligations counts as something of value and his opinion is that it does.
Miami - Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Has Raised Millions To Help Florida Felons Vote
"Mike Bloomberg is helping Florida felons pay their debt so they can vote in the presidential election. The billionaire taking action days after Florida Governor Ron De Santis wanna court victory to keep felons who served their time from voting until they've paid off. Find rest. To Shin and court frees Bloomberg, part of an effort that's raised more than $20 million to help those felons vote in the election. That's in addition to with $100 million. He's pledged to help Joe Biden when Florida
Bloomberg Comes Up Big with $100M Cash Infusion in Florida
"So this was another big story from over the weekend was the announcement by Mike Bloomberg that he's going to spend at least one hundred, million dollars in the state of Florida to help Joe Biden win the state. This Washington Post story says that Bloomberg made the decision last week after seeing those numbers on Florida in seeing that Oh may be Biden's a little underperforming there. It's a little closer than we thought official. Voting starts on September twenty fourth in Florida. So the need to inject real capital in that state quickly is an urgent need. This is Bloomberg Adviser Kevin Cheeky he continues Mike believes that by investing in Florida, it will allow campaign resources in other democratic resources to be used in other states in particular the state of Pennsylvania. So there was always this fear of, Oh, where's Bloomberg's money? He got to speak at the convention, but he's not gonNA fork any over even after he said, he made this promise to keep his campaign employed in put all this money into help be trump. Personally, I was really never worried by didn't didn't really come after Mike to personally at least for too long also because they were both from New York I'm sure trump gave Bloomberg his fair share of grief during the couple of terms that Mike was the mayor of New York. City. You can tell when Bloomberg speaks whenever he goes on TV his ads were also pretty devastating, but you can just feel the vitriol contempt for Donald Trump Mike. Bloomberg is obviously a big money guy. You know he's a billionaire but even he trust Joe Biden more than Donald Trump So that should really be a warning to everyone and as Rick. Wilson always says Mike Bloomberg has more money in his couch cushions than Donald Trump has at all I think alluding to the fact that Donald Donaldson, shady loans, and he's probably not even a billionaire really when you get down to went off topic but thank goodness that is a breath of fresh air some good news for Joe Biden on the money side to with an even better August and by the way, the Biden campaign pointed out that since Calvin Coolidge in nineteen, twenty four, no Republican has won if they don't win Florida. And this year, it really is all about Florida because of trump doesn't get that one he's got to pick up a couple from either Minnesota Wisconsin Michigan Pennsylvania Arizona in those are looking shaky I mean that's really really generous because he's behind in all of them. So He needs Florida to have any chance and that's a little note to yourself if you're watching. On election night tour as the votes come in the days after in the mail. Well, we're GONNA know pretty quickly because Florida starts counting there's early. So we'll know on election night mostly with the vote is going to be. So a Florida starts going Biden were going to be in really good shape. That's when you know. Okay we might have this one.
Biden leads by 5 points nationally in Fox News poll
"Polls tightened, the Democratic nominee has just scored some big time support. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is committing at least $100 million to Biden's campaign in the crucial battleground state of Florida. The financial windfall comes as the latest Fox News poll has Joe Biden and Kamala Harris leading Donald Trump and Mike Pence by five points 51 to 46%.
3 charged in massive Twitter hack, Bitcoin scam
"Three people have been arrested in a hacked into Buhari's one of the world's top tech companies Florida man check tech moguls check celebrities check bitcoin and a seventeen year old hacker check a British man and the man in Orlando Florida face federal charges while seventeen year old Tampa resident Graeme Clark will be tried in state court on charges from the July fifteenth pack investigators say Twitter workers were trek through their phones into leading in the hackers the hackers then sent out a bogus tweets from the accounts of Barack Obama Joe Biden Mike Bloomberg and tech billionaires Jeff Bezos Bill Gates and Ilan mosque celebrities Kanye west and his wife Kim Kardashian west offering their followers two thousand dollars for every one thousand sent to an anonymous bitcoin account collecting more than one hundred thousand dollars in the scam I'm timid wire
3 charged in massive Twitter hack, Bitcoin scam
"Three people have been arrested in a hacked into Buhari's one of the world's top tech companies Florida man check tech moguls check celebrities check bitcoin and a seventeen year old hacker check a British man and the man in Orlando Florida face federal charges while seventeen year old Tampa resident Graeme Clark will be tried in state court on charges from the July fifteenth pack investigators say Twitter workers were trek through their phones into leading in the hackers the hackers then sent out a bogus tweets from the accounts of Barack Obama Joe Biden Mike Bloomberg and tech billionaires Jeff Bezos Bill Gates and Ilan mosque celebrities Kanye west and his wife Kim Kardashian west offering their followers two thousand dollars for every one thousand sent to an anonymous bitcoin account collecting more than one hundred thousand dollars in the scam I'm timid wire
Scammers hack Twitter to hijack verified accounts and steal cryptocurrency
"Some of the most prominent names on Twitter were victim of a massive hack on Wednesday with scammers hijacking the verified accounts to ask for money. What makes this potentially a big deal is that if you look at the names Ask, uh Barack Obama, Mike Bloomberg. All of these people have tremendous followings on Twitter, ABC News contributor Brad Garrett the scammers People donate $1000 in Bitcoin to a Corona virus relief program still unclear at this point whether the hackers were able to exploit vulnerabilities of individual accounts or if they infiltrated Twitter's entire system.
IRS Announces Taxpayers Can Make Checks Directly Payable To Any Corporation Or Billionaire They Want This Year
"The onion and onion public radio. This is the topical I'm Leslie Price. Mother fucker and we'll be right back. Hey, does anyone know who I talk to about getting my w two? If there's one thing everyone hates. It's doing taxes. However, the Internal Revenue Service recently announced a major change that they're hoping will make it easier this year for taxpayers to file OPR's financial correspondent Marcy Hammond joins me now with more on this marcy. What can you tell us well as lead the? IRS is rolling out a new system that will cut out the middleman so to speak starting this year. Year tax payers are instructed to just make their checks payable to any billionaire they want. It certainly does get rid of a step or two, but what led to the IRS making this change well irs funding has been cut by twenty five percent in the last ten years leaving the agency understaffed and under resourced. It takes a large workforce to get all that money into the pockets of the. The wealthy so from the tax agencies point of view. This change kills two birds with one stone. I spoke with Iras agent Marcia Krieg. Who explained how it works? Sending money to us have become irrelevant wasteful step. The IRS would cash taxpayers checks only for the funds to then be transferred to billionaires in the form of corporate subsidies, tax breaks and money grants for the corporations, but having tax payers. Payers right there. Check directly to Mike Bloomberg. Bill Gates or anyone in the coke family really streamlines that process so tax payers choose which of the nation's richest CEO's. They send their money to to be honest. It doesn't matter any of the five hundred and forty billionaires in the United States will do because your cash is eventually going to end up going to them anyway. However Payments Jeff Bezos. The fastest interesting, and how has it been working out for those who have already filed their taxes this year? Well I spoke to a few taxpayers, and so far they seem to think this new rule just makes sense. It was really easy. I paid my billionaire online turbo tax offered me some suggestions to choose from Howard Schultz Jack. Dorsey I chose the Elon Musk option and with just a click I deposited the money right into one of his. His offshore accounts I went down to H. and R. Block and ended up owing two hundred dollars to mark. Zuckerberg. I thought about fudging the numbers a bit, but facebook probably House on my financial that already in I. Don't WanNa on it. That brings up an interesting point. What if you owe a lot of money and taxes and the time to pay off or to get an extension? Well Billionaires Larry. Page Jamie, Dimon and the Walton family of. Of already set up their own tax, departments offer payment plans to tax payers, but just a warning. The interest rates are very high. It might be your only choice if you can't afford to pay. Just don't try to duck out on paying unlike the IRS, these tycoons wield a lot of power, and they will ruin you. Good advice but marcy I have to ask. This information has been out for a while now and today is tax day it. It seems like all. This information would have been more helpful to our listeners a few weeks even months
What You Need to Know About New York’s ‘Monumental’ Contact Tracing Program
"New York city's mayor is testing and tracing is next on the agenda as the number of new coronavirus cases in New York are slowly coming down more from correspondent Steve cast and bomb the mayor said the next phase in the fight requires wide scale testing in tracking down everyone has come into contact with a positive case bill Blasio said they would then need to be isolated for fourteen days if you don't have again a place you can nicely properly at home we get you to a hotel we put that care in place and that's important place a similar approach was credited with stopping the spread of corona virus in China and some other countries former mayor Mike Bloomberg has been enlisted to help create the coronavirus tracing
Bloomberg News Killed Investigation, Fired Reporter, Then Sought To Silence His Wife
"Mike Bloomberg's presidential bid led to tough scrutiny particularly about his company's frequent reliance on nondisclosure agreements for employees. One of the people under a nondisclosure agreement is a former employee who years ago worked on an investigative story about Chinese leaders. Bloomberg News killed that story. It also tried to silence his spouse. Npr's David Folkenflik reveals. What happened at debate? Elizabeth Warren Challenge Bloomberg. What about complaints about him Mr Mayor? Are you willing to release all of those women from those nondisclosure agreements? So we can hear their side of the story. Bloomberg tried to move past it. We have a very few nondisclosure agreements. Finish Bloomberg's blase response outrage the writer late. Hong fincher full disclosure award supporter finger points to the widespread use of such as by the company. Bloomberg founded the company uses them to handle complaints of sexual harassment and hostile work environment. According to reports ventures complaint is not that. I don't know exactly what happened to those women but I do know how incredibly terrifying it is to be threatened and bullied into signing a nondisclosure agreement in two thousand thirteen ventures husband. Michael Forsyth was a reporter for Bloomberg News in Beijing Bloomberg had already published his team's investigation into the wealth of the families of Communist Party leaders. The Chinese Ambassador had warned the company against publishing death threats followed venture and forsyth moved to Hong Kong yet. The team kept reporting. He continued to do an investigation and it was that story. This story on longed in China's honest man and his ties to senior Chinese Communist leaders including Jinping Z. Had just become president of China and I saw these emails from the editors praising it meaning the reporting saying that. Yeah it's it's. We're really excited about this. We can't wait to move it forward. Three former Bloomberg journalists verified this account after that however radio silence. The story never ran Serrao Mike. Her husband Mike and some of the other reporters. And Editors who had been working on this story. Just we're asking for answers about why. Why was this story killed the famously intense founding editor in chief of Bloomberg News finally weighed in? That's Matthew Winkler back then. To Editors told me the story needed work. That's not the reason we are cited for killing it. It is for sure going to invite the Communist Party to completely shut us down. Take us out of the country so I just don't see that a story that is just divide. This recording winkler on in October twenty thirteen conference call weekly praised the team but warned about covering the Chinese regime which he called it everywhere and who they are and we should have no illusions that the Chinese authorities had search Bloomberg's bureaus delayed visas for reporters and ordered state owned companies not to sign new leases for Bloomberg terminals the terminals offer subscribers specialized financial data and are the most important source of the company's profits and China was seen as a growing market and a strategic priority again. Matthew Winkler is the information they do have away that enables car to report but not Elsa Prophet Bloomberg News N Winkler. Who's retired as editor in chief declined to comment in two thousand thirteen? Mike Bloomberg was mayor of New York City and denied Bloomberg News Killed The China Story. Two months later back at the company he founded asked about the China controversy again. Mike Bloomberg said it was arrogant to impose American values on others if a country gives you a license to do something off with certain restrictions. You have two choices either. Accept the license and do it that way. Well you don't do business there. Npr also obtained audio of these remarks. Mike Bloomberg to his global newsroom Bloomberg said the newsroom should be proud of its China coverage then said all organizations have bad apples. Some staffers thought that was aimed at the China. Investigative team. Bloomberg News fired Mike Foresight. He was accused of leaking news of the killed project other outlets. He landed at the New York Times and would not comment for the story. He signed a nondisclosure agreement with Bloomberg LP lawyers for Bloomberg's company pressured someone else to sign one foresights wife later Hong fincher. The company's lawyers threatened to force her to pay a six figure sum if she didn't agree to keep silent about her husband's work. Here's venture. There was no reason why I should have to sign a nondisclosure agreement. Because I didn't possess any damaging material about the company venture recalls being summoned to the high rise offices of Bloomberg's Hong Kong lawyers. Her husband was there too. And then this lawyer from New York on that. I mean giant image of his face on the video screens said but what about all the evidence? That's in her head venture says. She walked out of the conference room and left the building. They assumed that because I was the wife of their employees. I was the wife I was just an appendage of their employees I was not a human being ventures former CNBC correspondent who was finishing up PhD. She bristled and hired top-flight lawyers and finally the company let it go now. Mike Bloomberg has returned to his company. Wants more but venture isn't letting her question go. What else in his newsroom she asks is hidden by those nondisclosure agreements.
Bloomberg Campaign Staffers Speak Out, Alleging Broken Promises
"Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign was one of the most expensive in history he ended it after a dismal performance on super Tuesday one month ago today the former New York mayor still promised to keep his operation running through the general election and to invest more than a billion dollars to defeat president trump but then hundreds of Bloomberg field organizers were abruptly fired last month three of them are now sharing their stories they talked with NPR's Juana summers when Mike Bloomberg launched his presidential campaign he hired an enormous network of staff across the country showering them with salaries that far exceeded what other candidates for pain he also offered them something else a job through the general election no matter what they offered an incredible benefit package which is unheard of for a field staff offering eight thousand dollars a month for a regional wall dedication to kill our healthcare technology a laptop cell phone that's all just money he joined Bloomberg's campaign in Miami Dade County as a regional organizing director in December he said those guarantees unheard of on campaigns made a job with Bloomberg incredibly attractive part of his job was to interview potential staff and it's part of our hiring guidelines wise to utilize the line back employment it guaranteed greener member location it's not that promise was part of what convinced Matthew jeweler in Denver to quit the I. T. job he'd worked at for ten years I honestly don't know if I would have taken the job if it weren't for that specific guarantee because I knew I wanted to work in the general election Bloomberg dropped out of the way shortly after super Tuesday then there were two rounds of layoffs in the first round hundreds of staffers across the country were let go told that they behave through March thirty first they were encouraged to apply to work for Bloomberg's organization in battleground states then Bloomberg abandoned his plans to form a new independent entity and announced that he but instead give eighteen million dollars to the Democratic National Committee for the party's battleground states program Donna wood in Miami lost her job on March twentieth conference call and it was all right options script from HR and then the call just ended it was selected by you can hang up now in a statement Bloomberg's campaign manager Kevin cheeky told NPR the campaign reached out to every organizing staffer in six battleground states as well as others and ask them to consider working with the GMC she he said hundreds of former Bloomberg campaign staff have been contacted interim hiring pipeline to join the DNC's organizing efforts something he insists would not have happened without the campaign's massive donations to the party but staffers were let go without guarantees I asked him all Jeff wani about conversations he had with potential campaign staff where he promised continuous employment three November Mike borrowed my credibility and abused in that moment we want people like Mike to now and the people in the party who benefit from like philanthropy chin now that it is not OK to just get harder as though you know where mere tool Summerfield organizers for Bloomberg's campaign have filed potential class action lawsuits were these complaints have been detailed in court documents Donna would file the first breach of contract suit it's now grown from one plaintiff to roughly eighty I just know what I was promised and I'm a woman of my word and I would just think that other people would be the same if you repeatedly tell someone something and it sure than that they still have their jobs and ensure them that you'll be transitioning to an end of independent expenditure that that would happen another potential class action lawsuit was filed by former campaign workers in Georgia Utah and Washington while the former workers say Bloomberg's campaign promise them continued employment they acknowledge that they signed at will contracts meaning they could be let go at any time Matthew jeweler and Denver the point isn't the contract that we signed it says out well it could come from the station two thousand former staffers had with hiring people all then you have a guaranteed job November fifteenth on official interview documents that they use internal many staffers including jeweler expressed frustration that Bloomberg funded the most expensive primary campaign in history five hundred million dollars on our on loan in a four month period he keeps falling one percent of that and every single one of his fields far higher salary for the remainder of the year the campaign manager Kevin G. Keyes said that staff worked thirty nine days on average and were given several weeks of severance and health care through March the campaign has also established a fund to cover health care costs through the month of April something chic he says no other campaign has done Bloomberg's campaign hopes that in time many staffers will be hired by the
Bloomberg campaign faces potential class action lawsuit for layoffs
"A former staffer for Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign has filed a class action lawsuit it alleges the billionaire broke a promise to pay his thousands of campaign workers through November regardless of whether his twenty twenty bid was successful the lawsuit accuses Bloomberg of fraudulently enticing people to join his campaign with promises he did not fulfill and breaching his contract with those employees by laying them off shortly after he ended his campaign three weeks ago the lawsuit seeks damages for fraudulent inducement and breach of contract as well as unpaid overtime
Michigan - Vote Early Day effort launches to get more people, especially young voters, to the polls
"Begins today as voters head to the polls to weigh in on the democratic primary contest which includes the key battleground state of Michigan Bernie Sanders campaigned in Detroit yesterday Donald Trump does not have a natural ability to understand the corona virus and his reckless statements all confusing people in this country and all over the world Joe Biden also stumped in Detroit Democrats Republicans independents of every stripe to the nation do you got to bring the country together there are three hundred fifty two delegates up for grabs today in Michigan Missouri Mississippi Idaho North Dakota and Washington state fresh off his departure from the race Mike Bloomberg has poured two million dollars into efforts to boost turnout by African American voters in eight key states an indication of his intention to continue bankrolling democratic causes ahead of the November
Elizabeth Warren's Presidential Bid Comes to an End
"Senator Amy Klobuchar former South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Brundige and former New York City mayor. Mike Bloomberg have all called it quits and today. We're adding Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to that list. I will not be running for president in twenty twenty but I guarantee I will stay in the fight for the hardworking folks across this country have gotten short into the stick over another. That's been the fight of my life and it will continue to be so warrants progressive policy driven campaign caught fire last fall making her an early favorite to win the nomination but she had a disappointing showing in the first elections in the primary season. Including this week Super Tuesday with more on the rise and fall of Warren's candidacy we're joined by Wall Street Journal reporter Tarini Party Tarini. Last fall senator. Warren was one of the front runners for the Democratic nomination but today she became the last remaining woman among the top tier candidates drop out. How expected was this announcement at this point. Given what we saw on Super Tuesday Warren was essentially left with no choice. But to drop out there was all choose facing a lot of pressure because she didn't win a single state she came third in her home state of Massachusetts. And so you know as this race drags out with Joe Biden on one side and Bernie Sanders on the other. The more candidates who stay in the longer the Democratic primary could become. And that's something that party leaders are trying to avoid They WANNA be trump and so they think that the field should sort of consolidate And so they can have a nominee sooner rather than later and she just didn't see a path forward a viable path forward. She did not end. You know ahead of Super Tuesday. Her staff had said that they were looking at a contested convention as one of the ways that were left for her to essentially be the Democratic nominee. They were hoping that she would pick up enough delegates on Super Tuesday to make that case but she didn't get that far and at this point. She said she just saw no path forward. Let's talk about the rise and fall of her candidacy. Tarini people were talking about her back in two thousand sixteen. When Hillary was running right she chose not to run in two thousand sixteen. And this time around you know. She started off with a few missteps She really did get her footing back. She focused her campaign on Ground Game Organization. She built out a huge campaign that focused on raising money online That really Invested in field organizers in in the early states An early on she did start getting a lot of traction. You know if you go back to the late summer early fall. She was starting to become the front runner in this primary. And then that slowly started That's that's slowly. Went away as more questions about her health. Care plan started. Cropping up she eventually put out a Medicare her own version of Medicare for all And you know wasn't really able to sell that both to moderate voters and progressive voters which she said today in her press conference was interesting. She said that when she started out she was told that there were two lanes in the Democratic primary the the Progressive Lane and the The moderate lane and Joe Biden would be the front runner in the moderate Lane and Bernie Sanders was in coming on the Progressive Lane. She was told she said that there was no other path. And she said she Set at the time that she didn't believe that that she thought that she could change things and she said today that that she was wrong It seems based on the way that this primary has played out who among those remaining candidates Former Vice President Biden or Vermont Senator Sanders Might Benefit from Warren's exit. So we'll have to see you know if she decides to endorse. She said today that she's going to take some time to think. And figure things out you know a lot of her supporters. Are you know more progressive? And if you in that sense they could be. You know they could move to Bernie Sanders but she also does have a lot of college educated women who aren't necessarily you know the Bernie Sanders Type of voter so she could. You know some Some of her supporters could also back Joe Biden Tarini. Warren's departure leaves two white men in their seventies competing to run against president trump another white man in his seventies. What are we to make of the fact that this was historically diverse. Field has whittled down to this. It was historically diverse. We had six women. If you know if you're including Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson. We had six women running Tulsi Gabbard is obviously still in the race but has not gained any traction she elizabeth. Warren was the you know the the last top tier woman still running. She sort of addressed that in her in her press conference one of the hardest parts of this is all those all those little girls. We're going to have to wait four more years. That's going to be hard. What affected Warren. Have on the two thousand presidential campaign and we'll see continue to influence it going forward. I think she will continue to have Influence and be a big voice especially if she decides to endorse either Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden. Going forward how they bring up some of her policy ideas and whether they choose to incorporate those in their own campaign that will be interesting to
Joe Biden dominates in Super Tuesday surge
"Bernie Sanders is refocusing as democratic presidential campaign on surging rival Joe Biden as a remonstrance allies grappled with the fallout from a super Tuesday stumble meanwhile Mike Bloomberg dropped out yesterday says he's known by him for a long time and he's glad to endorse him he fought for working people his whole life and I'm glad to say I endorse Joe Biden and I hope you will join me and working to make him the next president of the United States suse is targeting binds record on trade social security and
Bernie Sanders campaign hatches comeback plan
"The democratic presidential contest is quickly becoming a two candidate race former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg suspended his campaign today and endorsed former vice president Joe Biden that's after Biden's strong showing last night super Tuesday Biden currently holds a delegate lead over Vermont senator Bernie Sanders who had this to say earlier today no I haven't seen the latest delegate for help but my guess is that after California's thrown into the hopper it's gonna be pretty close that we may be off by a few Biden may be off by a few but I think we go forward basically neck and neck NPR political correspondent Scott Detrow is with the Sanders campaign Inver in Burlington Vermont hi Scott A. R. F. so tell us what else Sanders said at that news conference today that we just heard a snippet of he really clarified what we've been hearing from the Sanders campaign for the last week or so and that is they are going to focus going forward on sharp critiques a former vice president Joe Biden's record particularly his long voting record in the Senate here's what Sanders said today Joe Biden is somebody I've known for many years I like Joe I think he's a very decent human being John I have a very different voting record a job when I have a very different vision for the future of this country and Joe and I are running very different campaigns and take Sanders as where he does personally like Joe Biden but he sees issues is very fair game and he is going to be criticizing Biden's track record his vote for the war in Iraq is vote for trade deals like nafta for for a bankruptcy bill that is very unpopular with large chunks of the democratic base he's going to be doing that a lot going forward and this morning the Sanders campaign announced that they are featuring these these issues in ads that they aren't going to be running soon that nafta vote on an ad that runs in Michigan and Biden's past position of wanting to rein in social security in Florida very on point topics for those two states yeah what did Sanders say today about voter turnout because for months he's been promising that he can turn out young voters infrequent voters and so far that just hasn't happened it hasn't happened at all this is something he says that every single rally and it's the big argument he makes for why he's the more electable candidate the Joe Biden he was pretty blunt about the fact that so far it has not been what he's wanted to see have we been as successful as I would hope in bringing young people and the answer is no we're making some progress but historically everybody knows that young people do not vote in the kind of numbers that older people voted I think that will change in the general election but I am gonna be honest with you we have not done as well in bring young people put process it is not easy and this is an interesting evolution to this argument before Iowa New Hampshire Nevada in particular Sanders was promising if we have the biggest turnout this primary or caucus has ever seen we will win now the argument from him and some of his his circuits as well it's coming just not until November Scott let me pay you to the Biden campaign a lot of late deciding voters broke for biting in the past several days how can this campaign keep up the momentum for the next round of states ahead it's it's hard to have fifteen point so shifts over the course of the day going forward but but certainly bite and is hoping to continue to have that energy that increased vigor that you've seen on the campaign trail in the last few weeks or so I think one thing he has going for him is is the next few sets of states to vote a Mississippi and Missouri next week those are the types of states biting could do well in Florida and Ohio after that on March seventeenth I think next week Michigan is the big showdown not in terms of delegates but the symbolism in the narrative this is one of those states that trump flip to win in twenty sixteen and Democrats need to win back to Michigan Wisconsin Pennsylvania there has been a year plus conversation about which Democrat is best positioned to win those states and Michigan is the first state which offers a real life chance of which which Democrat do do voters there want to see as the nominee as I mentioned today's big news is Mike Bloomberg dropping out and endorsing Biden what is that likely to bring to the Biden campaign beyond money which I'm sure the campaign is hoping for I think the biggest question is how quickly Bloomberg converts his campaign it's just some sort of bite in aiding super pac as much as Mike Bloomberg himself disappointed on the campaign trail he had really polished advertising that just inundated the United States of America that's something that job but it has been lacking in he's been vastly outspent by a lot of his opponents if Bloomberg is on the air quickly with ads for Biden that could make a big difference and Elizabeth Warren's team says she's assessing the path forward does she have one it's really hard to see how it's really hard to see it especially after coming in third place in her home state trailing Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders that's something that many candidates don't come back from Sanders was asked today whether he's talked to Warren he said they had a conversation earlier today he spoke very carefully when answering that question he said he's going to leave her to make up her own mind in the race if he does get out though I don't think it's a guarantee that the bulk of our supporters would go to Bernie Sanders all right NPR's Scott
Biden's Super Tuesday surge reshapes Democratic race, Bloomberg drops out
"It has been a heck of a twenty four hours for. Let's call them the triple bees. Not Bonds Biden wins. Big Bernie goes block and tackle and Bloomberg bails out. It's been a game changing in the election all around. Let's get to catalyse at West with more killer Brian. A game changing in the most populous state. California isn't even fully tallied yet California's still too early. To call with fifty. Four percent of the vote in and Sanders is leading here but Biden's breakout night closing. The distance with Sanders by now has five hundred thirteen total delegates according to NBC. News Bernie is at four sixty one and the next stretch of primaries includes a slew of swing states where moderate voters will again feature prominently in the last night's exit polls. We learned only a quarter of voters. Said that they were very liberal. And in most states. They viewed socialism unfavourably. Mike Bloomberg was unsuccessful in his bid. For those voters in this afternoon he gave his first public remarks after ending. That one hundred day half a billion dollar campaign and he got a little emotional our campaign for a better. America a stronger America. I'm more just America. More equal America and a more united America continues and together. We will get it done back part of the way he's going to do. That is by endorsing former vice president. Joe Biden pledging his resources toward that effort but legally Bloomberg can't give by his money outright campaign manager Kevin Cheeky said on. Msnbc last hour that Bloomberg's operation will instead serve as a vendor providing data staff and other resources in that effort shaky said those resources aren't just for Biden but for congressional seats to we'll see exactly how in when there is that transfer of wealth. Brian what exactly does Devine's effort which is seen quite a surge in the last
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on Today in Focus
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"mike bloomberg" Discussed on Today in Focus
"Cheese today. Tell us how it works. You've got more than a dozen states. All holding primaries. Everyone tries to win delegates and the person with the most delegates comes out on top. Forty percent of all of the delegates available are are going to be allocated on Super Tuesday. So it's a massive day. That's what makes it super and pretty much everything that comes before it won't matter after today. Where is it important to win? Every state gets a certain amount of delegates and the bigger the state more delegates. You have on Super Tuesday you've got Texas and then you've got California where you have the most delegates it's possible to do well on Super Tuesday even if you don't come in I because of the way delegates are apportioned so you could come in second instill come away with hundreds of delegates in a state like California and that's because you have to reach a fifteen percent threshold earn any delegates at all and that's only likely to happen for a couple of candidates now. To some extent it feels is a Bloomberg is coming into this race because he thinks he can take on trump with his as you say I know him pitch but he's also setting himself up as the man who can take on Bernie Sanders on the left. Does Biden's resurgence change. That is such a question mark. We religious don't know how he's going to impact this race because we haven't seen anyone have the chance to vote for him. We don't know who's going to vote for him. We don't know what that will look like. Does he have a constituency? We really don't know now that Joe Biden's had this victory That could change things. I mean Joe Biden is still Joe Biden. He still comes with all of the gaffes in sort of Mistakes that he's made already in this campaign that hasn't changed but this victory does give him that momentum that's always so critical in the race and that could blunt You know maybe some of the attention that Bloomberg was hoping to get on Super Tuesday a feels F- to some extent. There's a kind of battle for the soul of the Democratic Party and it's really clear that different states take very very different views on this. I mean this is a race where Bernie Sanders can blow the opposition away in Nevada and then Joe Biden can get a landslide win in South Carolina in terms of the fourteen states. That are in play on Super Tuesday. What all the different forces apply. The two biggest states have very large. Latino Populations California and Texas and we've seen let's voters really gravitate towards Bernie Sanders so appease able to keep that momentum with this constituency than we expected to do very very well in the western states and states with Latino populations Colorado's also voting. Joe Biden likely will do well in some of these southern states where they have large African American constituencies thoughts what propelled his victory in South Carolina. He won overwhelmingly with block voters. And so we would expect him to do well in states like Virginia Alabama Arkansas. I think what's interesting is again. How Mike Bloomberg factors into all of this? There's been a lot of criticism of his record with Both of these constituencies. You would think that he wouldn't do well with black or Brown voters but You know he also appeals to you know more business friendly Democrats who are frankly very worried about Bernie Sanders. Nomination could be down to two individual candidates by Wednesday. It's possible I think you know if if Mike Bloomberg doesn't do well especially hefty spent you know upwards of five hundred million dollars of your own money on this race. I think it would be hard to justify staying in. And He's already said I'll leave my entire organizational structure to the next nominee. He's kind of tried to say that. There's some goodwill in this that he still wants to help. Beat DONALD TRUMP. If pointed out how important today as and how different this race tomorrow. What happens after this after Super Tuesday is Super Tuesday? Part to there's going to be another big voting day about a week and a half later and that will be another big block of states. It's not as big as the first Super Tuesday but it's another day that will again clarify the race even further And you've mentioned a few times that seems to unite. Democrats is the idea of wanting to be donald trump a couple of quick final thoughts on. Is he getting a bit of a free run while the party? Pfizer out and do the polls suggest that he's beatable. He's absolutely getting a free run. He is really enjoying the messy race. That the Democrats have. He weighs on twitter all the time. He likes to pick fights with each of the candidates individually. He's enjoying this. That's that is certainly true. They have a new member of the crew. Many Mike polls suggest he is beatable. But it is very close and he is an incumbent. President and incumbent presidents typically win reelection and with the race this close and the numbers so variable it. Really anything could happen Lauren. Thank you very much. Thank you. And that was lowering Gambino. You can follow every twist and turn of Super Tuesday on the Guardian website coming up an extraordinary spat between home secretary. Pretty Tau and the man who was the most senior official.
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on Today in Focus
"Lauren Urine. La In the middle of California ready for the Big Day. Tell me what the state of players as we enter this critical moment in the race. So Biden's victory changes the race. Because until then we'd watched Bernie Sanders really take the lead and he seemed to be gathering momentum. Lauren Gambino is a political correspondent. The Guardian you now with Biden really showing signs of strength. I think you're seeing other. Moderate candidates really rethink their candidacy. We've already seen on Saturday. Billionaire Thomas Star who was pulling some boats from sort of the centre-left he dropped out of the race and then P. Buddha judge the former mayor of South Bend Indiana dropped out of the race. Jj I'm making the difficult decision to suspend my campaign for the presidency. He effectively said he saw no path forward for for himself and he encouraged voters to start to form a consensus around a candidate that is not Bernie Sanders and so I think he's getting out of the way to make space for a Joe Biden or possibly someone else who's still in the race so it sounds like some consolidating going on because Bernie Sanders has been doing so well in the race. I mean Sunday still enters super cheese. I well in the lead and with polls looking good for him. What does that mean for another candidate on the last one like Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth? Warren found herself stuck between Bernie Sanders and the moderate candidates in the race and she's tried to appeal to voters as a unity candidate someone with respect and credentials. But who is well like among the party establishment and more the center center left. That's just not worked for her. And we've seen other candidates sort of fall between two stools like I and she's just not been able to create this path that goes between Bernie Sanders and the moderates and we are entering the most pivotal moment of the entire rice. Tell me what the candidates bringing into Super Tuesday so the candidates are coming in with the delegates they won in the first four states Bernie Sanders has fifty six delegates. Joe Biden has forty eight delegates. Elizabeth Warren has eight delegates and amy. Klobuchar has seven delegates but that is just a fraction of what they're going to be competing for on Super Tuesday when more than thirteen hundred delegates are up for grabs a huge proportion of the overall delegates that you need to win this nomination. While they still slow like it's gearing up for a two way race between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. Many of US watching with interest to what looks like a kind of wild card from Mike Bloomberg entering the race today. Yes the first time you'll see Mike Bloomberg's name on a ballot. I is this Tuesday. He took this really unorthodox approach e entered the race really late and so he effectively had to skip the early states of Iowa New Hampshire Nevada and South Carolina. So we're only starting to see him now. What that means is he's been spending hundreds of millions of dollars in these Super Tuesday states. He's been on the air he's been on the radio. You know if you turn on your computer if you're online if you turn on your TV your radio he is there after years of Willie or won't he three term New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg former Republican. And so we're about to see the impact of that you know it's sort of like what can money by now. A presidential candidate Mike. Bloomberg will miss the first four elections but he's gearing up for Super Tuesday in fact opening up six campaign offices across the state millionaires as on Michael Bloomberg officially jumping into the twenty twenty race and wasting no ties putting the casino all on Super Tuesday where he's banking. He can catch up. Ninety six percent of delegates are are up for grabs. And so that's okay say Mike Bloomberg is on the ballot today for the first time I know. He's a billionaire WOMA. What was his background before that? His father was a bookkeeper who he likes to say never earned more than six thousand dollars a year His Dad died really young and his mom then worked as secretary. Bloomberg went on to attend Johns Hopkins. And there's kind of a telling story. He had to work at a parking lot to pay his way through college. Now there's buildings at the college with his name on it so I think he really likes to play into that idea of self made man living the American dream and that is sort of in a nutshell. What he's running on. My father made six thousand dollars the best year of his life. I don't come from money. Nobody gave me if head start. I had my bur graduates attend Harvard business school. And that's really where his career in business get started. He takes a job. He works for a Wolf Wall Street. Investment firm then he's laid off and that's a moment that he said would define the rest of his life but so I did have a big company and then I started out a small company. I stay was me second day. There was four of us today. This fifteen thousand five hundred employees off. He creates the Bloomberg terminal financial tool used by investors. And that made him this multi-billionaire that we know him as today. His company is valued at sixty billion dollars more by some estimates and this is sort of the cornerstone of his success. We'll talk to. Why did you get into politics? I think he saw opportunity. He's now a New Yorker. There was a chance to run for mayor. And He. He's a technocrat at heart and I think he really believes that he is can do the most good and this executive role and so he runs. I was two thousand one he decides. He's going to run for mayor of New York City and then I'm Michael R Bloomberg solemnly. Swear I'm Michael R Bloomberg do solemnly swear citizens elected constitution of the United States. It takes office in two thousand two right after the September eleventh attacks and is a big part of his job in those early years is rebuilding the city. That has been completely shaken by this attack. The funny thing is he was a Democrat and before running for Mayor East which parties to run as a Republican which sounds crazy to us to the city that we know is so liberal like New York City but this is different time it made sense at this time might Bloomberg's Republican. Donald Trump is a democrat. I mean did they actually know each other they did and this is. What's going to be so interesting if Bloomberg is able to pull this off? It's that there's going to be these two New York billionaires who don't really have a strong sense of party will happen next Bloomberg so Bloomberg runs for a second term. He's reelected and then he switched his party to be an independent so now of course he's sort of following the changes in the city the political winds in his city And then he does something extremely interesting could be one of the watershed days in each market histories. Financial crash happens and he lobbies the New York City Council to change the rules so that he can run for an unprecedented third term. He's trying to get city voters who twice before rejected the idea of changing term limits to suddenly change it just because of the economic crisis elected mayor for a third term. And then we start to hear rumblings of a possible presidential run pretty much every presidential election cycle since then it's been a perennial question and a perennial almost joke. In all that time that he was Ma'ariv hugely high profile city like New York. What was he doing? And how did he keep getting reelected? He was known for economic growth falling crime rates and focus on public health. There is a view that he was a very successful mayor of New York. But there were certainly a lot of controversies. While he decided to run for president his Democratic rivals are very eager to use all of this against him. We've seen it. Come up in debates. I'd like to talk about who were running against a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horseface lesbians and no. I'm not talking about Donald Trump. I'm talking about mayor. Bloomberg you mentioned controversy and it is pretty clear. However successful Bloomberg was in terms of reelection. His record has provided plenty of attack lines for his opponents. Some of that is about who he is. A Wall Street. Billionaire owns more wealth than the bottom one hundred twenty five million Americans. That's wrong that's immoral. Dot should not be the case and some of it is about what he's done policy was a porn and it was a fact of violation of every gripe people have most controversial is his policy of stop and Frisk which we know.
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on NPR Politics Podcast
"Kroll from his. Very Raunchy animated show on Netflix big mouth. Are you the puberty ferry you? I'm the hormone monster. I'm not a fairy. Well now starring as a romantic lead in a movie set at the Olympics actor and comedian. Nick Kroll next time on. It's been a minute from NPR. And we're back and vice. President Joe Biden was asked the kind of question that I don't think any candidate really wants to be asked. Which is you bet. A lot on getting support from black voters here in South Carolina. Are you going to actually be able to win them? I intend to win South Carolina and I will win the African American. Vote here in south. Look Mr Mr Biden will continue if you do not win South Carolina. You've said that South Carolina will determine the outcome of this presidential race. If you don't win South Carolina will you continue in Iran when South Carolina? This was probably be Biden's best debate. He has really hurt himself by. Turning in one lackluster performance. After another not just on the debate stage but also on the campaign trail but I thought he was pretty energetic and was looked like he was firing on all cylinders in a way. He hasn't been in other debates. One thing we heard though is a clear recognition from former Vice President Biden. That other candidates are making inroads here. I heard that in particular when he actually stepped out and took on Tom. Style saying that he'd invested in private prisons that Hog tied young men. Those are the former vice president's words Tom Sawyer. Someone who has been rising here in the polls has spent a lot of time and a lot of money here and it's hard to overstate. Just how important of a seat? This is four Joe Biden and they let ability case that he has been making for why he should leave this party. Well and Tom Steyer is you say is a candidate who also his bet. A lot on. Winning over black voters in South Carolina has spent a lot of money and invested a lot of time in that. And that's supposed to be Joe Biden's lay it absolutely is and it's but it's not just Tom Steiner. That's eating into his margin with black voters here. Tv clear. This is a state. Keep in mind that in two thousand Sixteen Bernie Sanders got trounced by Hillary Clinton and he shouldn't ability to improve his standing with black voters. Here as he's picked up victories in other states. And he's in second now behind Joe Biden and some polls show a tight race between most you in two thousand sixteen. Hillary Clinton won something like seventy percent of the vote. Vice President Biden is not going to win with that kind of margin. Obviously it's more crowded field but like it's not even going to be close to that yet but a really important point starr has nowhere to go. He can't really help himself. He can only damage Joe Biden and for people who are puzzled. Why would Joe Biden? Turn his attention to Tom. Steyer in this debate. That is why star isn't really a competitor. But he is a real problem for Biden. So we're kind of dancing around something. That was an undercurrent of this whole debate. South Carolina is a state where a large share of the democratic electorate is African American. This is the first state that will vote in this primary season. That is demographically like South Carolina. And because they were playing to the home state crowd. The candidates in a lot of ways talked about race even when they were talking about race explicitly. Yeah that's right. We heard a really nuanced discussion between a number of the candidates about the issue of redlining a discriminatory housing process the disproportionately affected lack and Brown folks across the country. But especially in places like South Carolina and other southern states. We heard talks about economic justice and reparations issues that you don't often hear about in debates a Lotta these debates held in states where frankly there a lot of black and Brown folks so there is a key competition here for the black vote. Four voters of color because it's not just South Carolina when we look ahead to Super Tuesday. You're heading into a more diverse phase of the race where all of these candidates need to show an ability to pick up support of non white voters. Well I'm there are going to be several southern states voting in Super Tuesday. That are that look more like South Carolina Than Iowa yes. There's no doubt once we get into Super Tuesday. We're in two states with much higher proportions of African American voters much more diverse electorate than the first couple of states. So is there a chance that tonight was the last night that we see some of these candidates on the debate stage? The next democratic debate isn't until March fifteenth. That's well after Super Tuesday. I think so. I don't know what the criteria is for the next debate but after Super Tuesday. They're JUST GOING TO BE CANDIDATES. That don't have the funds to go forward. There's a question of funding and there's also a question of momentum depending on what happens here in South Carolina and what happens in Super Tuesday. Given the victories that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has already have. There is a chance that the sheer numbers just become difficult for other candidates. If they don't start to win in some states and amass delegates they need to keep going and the more candidates the stay in and get under fifteen percent means the more that Bernie Sanders is going to get a disproportionate number of delegates from that state. That's the weird democratic delegate math it can be some very confusing math but you do need fifteen percent in most of these rights Bernie Sanders the thing that will help Bernie Sanders. The most is if a lot of candidates stay in and don't cross the fifteen percent threshold because then even though he might for instance get thirty percent of the vote in the state he could end up with three fifths of the delegates. So guys I would like to end. Tonight's podcast the way they ended the debate. So can you please tell me the greatest misconception about you and your personal motto WanNa really the best hand okay yeah? We don't actually have to do that. But the candidates really did have to do that on stage tonight. Yeah they really did. I mean this was a real moment an invitation for humble bragging you know. Tell us your greatest fault. I care too much or her. Well that is a wrap for today. We will be back in your feet at the regular time tomorrow. I'm Tam Keith. I cover the White House. I'M WANNA SUMMERS. I cover the campaign. I'm Mara Liasson national political correspondent. And thank you for listening to the advair politics podcast..
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch
"From the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal this is Potomac Watch. Welcome back Paul. Zhigo Kim Strassel land. Fill mcgurn and we're talking about Mike Bloomberg implosion. The debate here at the eve of Nevada caucuses on Saturday. Kim By all Polling evidence. It looks like Bernie. Sanders is going to win on Saturday. He's comfortably ahead in the polling. Cox's aren't a tortuously hard to poll but sanders is. The lead is sizable enough. That it looks like he'll win But it it. It will matter how what his overall vote. Total is. I'm particular. Does he creep up to thirty or above percent. Because that will suggest he's gaining strength from New Hampshire and Iowa will on who finished second and how close will there be a second place or third place finisher to to to Sanders. Yeah the first place. When will matter for centers mostly from a momentum perspective to the more of these races that he comes out with where he can claim a popular vote win or a a delegate win as he has been able to do in the two prior races the more he begins to look like the person who has the nomination and that that does play into future voters calculations I'll be more interested to see what happens in the secondary stakes because that could make or break certain campaigns. If Joe Biden for instance does comes in second or or does well there It certainly will her help his prospects in in South Carolina. If he doesn't if you limps in again fourth or fifth he starts to have a much harder time for a rationale for his campaign. Do you do think Kim on that point. Do you think Biden has to finish second? I think he has to finish second or third. I think he's got a place right. Which is something. He hasn't managed to do in New Hampshire or an Iowa. So he's gotTa just Look Zoe's among the contenders Similarly Elizabeth Warren who's in the same spot Did she really get a bump out of this? Debate was very aggressive. A lot of people are talking about her. This is going to be an important moment. And Amy Klobuchar does you know. Does she managed to keep up this momentum? She had she also had another very good debate. but I think the bigger problem is what you're beginning to see though is as they shift around in these different races and it brings up the point that basically the the non-progressive vote is still just incredibly split. And that's why you're seeing so many people worried about whether or not if they can't rally around one candidate to be the opposition to Bernie. It's why he's in such good position and you saw that bill they're all the others are competing for the Pride of place to be the person to compete one on one with with Bernie Sanders again akin not original point here but akin to what happened to the Republicans and twenty sixteen and They're dividing up the vote. And Even Elizabeth Warren I think has stopped competing for the sands vote and is now competing with the others to be the alternative to to to Sanders and And so I think it's going to be very hard for any one of them to break three. And meanwhile they joined in to pile on to Mike Bloomberg because they want Bloomberg to to get out if they can knock him out so you know one of them will be the last person standing and you said you heard peop- Buddha judge this week. Say after the debate he said well you know there's an alternative between Bloomberg and Sanders. It just shouldn't be the capitalist billionaire or the socialist who wants to wrap a revolution. I'm right here right in the right in the middle Meanwhile I want to get you to come in on a lined bill Which was the day after the debate? He said if we choose a candidate who appeals to a small base like Senator Sanders. It will be a fatal air. Yeah I think he's he's right on that. I and I think you're right that the problem is that the top four you could maybe say five depending what you look at are all getting around twenty percent of the vote right twenty to twenty five percent. So they're all roughly in the same area so it's one thing to say you know we should all unite on the candidate trump. But then you come down to say well who should unite and you say why should I step down? I have a better for you and you and and there's and especially if it's going to be a brokered convention. Why not take my chances there so it just doesn't work that way because the people see that You know they they each think I put in a lot of effort. I could be the man now. The one factor that may change that is if they don't get the money if other people decide not to support them and you know we're seeing that noise about some of the candidates not being able to afford TV buys. I mean that that could be decisive. But that's a vote in. Its way to write whether you attract Whether you can I mean Joe Biden should be attracting a fortune. He's the former vice president of the United States. Right he should. He knows a lot of the party. Establishment looks like he's losing altitude on the On on the funding. Yeah I think I think he is. I think even pete booed edge. There's an urgency. Now to some of his fundraising appeals. That wasn't there a while ago. We know Kim that Elizabeth Warren is having trouble now raising enough money particularly to be able to play nationwide in ordinary in those semi nationwide Set of primaries on Super Tuesday because she is now conceded allowing a super PAC to make an advertisement on her behalf and I think Nevada right as much as a million bucks Spreading her message when she had said she would not allow that. Because that's money from those evil rich people. Yeah don't you have to wonder how many wine caves that money? Was you know conjured from as the SUPERPAC went about getting this money for her? So yeah this is a huge problem. And it's also why you saw such a such a almost fanaticism to pile on Bloomberg. Because they know that this is this is where it matters. Can you get that message out? Especially on the Super Tuesday day when you have so many states and play He's been focused on that from a start. Some of the other candidates they've only recently had the luxury of even turning to those states And you know you have someone like Bernie again because of his fundraising advantage the online Model that he has done so well and because of his front runner status He's been unable to spend more time there and away from Nevada and away from South Carolina to look forward but the rest of them. This is a pure question of dollars and sense. Well I guess the question then becomes bill. Bill raised the point. I don't like to get into this brokered convention six months before the event or five months before the event because we still have these big event they these big primaries to play out but There's no question that most of the campaigns are now conceding at least that Bernie Sanders will have a very close to having likely to have a plurality of the delegates. They don't think you'll get a majority but he he may. Well BE ON HIS WAY. To getting a plurality because everybody will he'll rack them up in each of these states by getting more than fifteen percent of the vote and then he gets delegates. He racks them up. The size of the plurality would really matter but I guess the question becomes Kim unless it anybody stop them well. And didn't you love the very last question of that debate to which is if you were to go into a broker convention if you just had the most votes not the majority should you get the nomination or not and of course. Bernie said yes everybody else said no no no so people are already imagining that scenario. The only way I see anybody stopping him and this is a stakes. Is people uniting around one alternative to him but the problem with that is that precisely because of the way the Democrats have set up their primary system this time around with proportional delegates. It means that every one of these races people still have an opportunity to pick up some delegates themselves and it's a huge disincentive for people to get out so go ahead. So they can continue to eke out some money. Continue to have backing by super PACs. There's a and then continued to split the field this way. Every one of them sees an opportunity for them to potentially be the breakout person at some point. And so ah so they'll go on your right and I I'M GONNA show my h here bill but Just to contrast of previous race and that's nineteen seventy-six Sitting President took over after Richard Nixon in the primaries Gerald Ford challenged by Ronald Reagan in the primaries Ford. One one one primary after another and finally in North Carolina on the Panama Canal issue. He broke through and beat Ford. He was able to compete a come very close to the nomination because he could then go on to win and rack up victories and other primaries when he would get all the delegates right so it instead of seating you know twenty percent or thirty percent of the delegates to to Gerald Ford. Now the Democrats have put themselves in a position with this kind of proportional representation Allocation that is gonNa make it very hard to overcome Bernie yet? No I think it is Look I do think I agree with you. We're you know it's a possibility at this point but again I think there are two factors. Democrats as there's no abstract group that's GonNa come together and say okay amy. We've decided you're the one to take on that. It doesn't work that way but You know Super Tuesday may we'd so I mean it looks like Joe Biden being weeded out. They didn't even debate him During the debates because they probably don't want to win South Carolina we'll see we'll see He can't just win South Carolina so we'll see where his votes would go and again. The money's a big bed so this you know the could take care of itself before then otherwise it would go you know if he did go to the convention to consider that sort of the Democrats Electoral College all right. Let's change here to The Bernie Sanders medical records. Before we go and that is The Senator Sanders of course seventy nine years old seventy eight years old. He would be seventy nine by the time. He took the oath of office if he were to be elected That would put him two years older than Ronald. Reagan was when Ronald Reagan left office And bill again I'M GONNA show your age now. You remember when people said Ronald Reagan was too old before nineteen eighty so this is an issue. Obviously his age Michael Bloomberg also seventy-eight compounded in the sanders case Kim because he had a heart attack and A heart attack four months ago now. He looks fabulous. I have to say looks more vigorous than he did before he had a couple of stents put in his arteries. He says he's fine. He's had a couple of Of doctors say that you're you're in in good condition your heart in better shape the muscles. The heart muscle has actually improved on the other hand. He had promised before the heart attack to release all of his medical records. And to say you know in the name of transparency the American people deserve it and now he's saying well you know we've released everything we're going to release and and essentially stuff at forget about it press. And this reminds me of somebody in the Oval Office a his tax records and even the healthcare records. He trump got some doctor to read a letter saying he's the Healthiest Guy. I've ever seen in that. Who in the White House and they say yeah? My voters don't care you get away with that with that. Yeah well he can. Because trump's got away with it but how much does it become an issue and unfortunately for Bernie precisely because trump is taken this tack? It's why so many people are mistrustful as it were about Bernie saying take my word for it. there are at least as some consistency there which I appreciate. You don't always get consistency when it comes to the media and Republican versus Democratic candidates but there's additional reason to people are skeptical. I mean remember how this all played out when he went into the hospital having chest pains the campaign took three days before revealed that he had a heart attack And then they said. Don't worry we'll put out the records. Now they're walking that back And as a lot of people in the press or pointing out letters from doctors are not the same thing as releasing full records and physicals because there may be some other things there as well to that that Bernie doesn't necessarily want out there and the way they seem to be handling this is to instead attack other people for their health problems. There was this very weird event. Where one of the Bernie surrogates? This week went after Michael Bloomberg and said well. He had heart attacks to only. The problem is is Michael Bloomberg hasn't ever had heart. He he did have a couple of stands put in about twenty years ago..
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg that was the beginning and then it got hostile as candidates. Look towards the future. The mayor's past became the major targeted the evening including recent reporting about his workplace conduct this hour on point the eighth. Democratic presidential debate with us from Washington. Dc is Michael Kranish national political investigative reporter for The Washington Post. He also wrote a recent article detailing past allegations of workplace misconduct and the use of some pretty offensive language. At Bloomberg's company. Michael Kranish welcome to on Point Thatcher and joining us from New York City is New York Times editorial board member Mara Gaye She's also a former city hall reporter for the Wall Street Journal She covered Michael Bloomberg during his time. As Mayor Mario. Welcome to the program to anchor having me as low like to start with Michael Kranish To walk us through what happened last night. That was a very heated debate. What's the lead for you? Well you have Michael Bloomberg really on the defensive from the get go as you mentioned Senator Warren. What after him about a couple of comments he allegedly made. This is from one thousand nine hundred ninety booklet that was prepared by a top staff member at the company and was called the Whitton wisdom of Michael Bloomberg was given to him at his forty eighth birthday party. And there's a lot of Statement that are attributed to him. He's denied making these statements but two of them are ones that Warren used Bloomberg did not jump in and say no. I never said that over the years he said. I don't remember making some of these statements are there. Were Borscht belt humor. But this booklet is filled with a lot of Profane sexist statements thought quotes have been out there over the years. The book itself had never been put out there and I obtained it from a source in the story. We ran into the post over the weekend. we did put that book online when I told the campaign we were going to do that. issued a statement saying well actually. Bloomberg never said anything. That's in this booklet. So they should have flat denial which was different than what they'd said over the years And then of course. Bloomberg was attacked over some allegations In a lawsuit that was filed by a top salesperson of the company Mara Gaye. As you were watching the debate Did you think that That opening salvo and later criticism from Warren and the others were Were familiar. I mean has Bloomberg when he ran for mayor in New York did he. Did he have to answer to charges like these before? So what's interesting? I mean part of what I someone who's covered him for years at this point is this is the Michael Bloomberg that that New Yorkers No. He's extremely gaffe-prone. He's a terrible retail politician. But even still last night's performance was worse than than I could have imagined. Part of it is just that his opponents were really prepared for him. But the thing that baffles me still about last night is that the lines of attack that they used especially around women and minorities. Were entirely predictable. So why it is that Michael Bloomberg wasn't prepared better prepared for that is just beyond me and I know that. His team is is very competent. I know he's a very smart man. So the only thing I can think is that. It's just been very difficult for him personally to reckon with the statements that he's made with the accusations of racism and sexism and I think he's really still struggling to come to terms with owning that and apologizing for it in any coherent honest sincere kind of way. Let's hear what he actually said about it. On the heels of the recent reporting Argus Michael Kranish Michael Bloomberg was asked about allegations of misogyny and workplace misconduct. I have no tolerance for the kind of behavior that the metoo movement movement has exposed and anybody that does anything wrong in our company. We investigate it and if it's appropriate. They're gone that day. But let me tell you what I do in my company and my foundation and in city government when I was there in my foundation the person that runs the woman seventy percent of the people there for women in my company. Lots and lots of women have big responsibilities. Thea paid exactly the same as men. That's more than just some of my best friends are women Michael Kranish does a check out. When you're reporting on Bloomberg is he somebody who has invested a lot of confidence in women in his in his business life and in his political life? Let me just be clear The allegations that have made against Bloomberg there about him making comments. Sexual Discrimination Sexual harassment. Discrimination there have been allegations against Bloomberg about misconduct and the way that for example president trump has been accused by some of you know relationship misconduct so just the listeners who might be wondering these terms are all thrown around and they get You know they might be confusing to folks but just to be clear. There's no public allegation That's been made or in a lawsuit that he had some relationship that was misconduct there are lawsuits and one in particular that I wrote about in detail and found new New Witness for In which he was accused of making comments For which he was sued and that lawsuit is important. Understand because in that case he did settle that suit and I reported my story that the settlement was in the six figures and the woman did sign a confidentiality agreement. So it's one of the significant things that came up Boren Vice President Biden both pressed him on. Why don't you released from the DA's nondisclosure agreements that particular? A case is the one of the most important ones most high profile on that I know of nothing. Bloomberg himself and in that case very briefly The woman saleswoman accused Bloomberg of telling her when he learned that she was pregnant to quote kill it quote unquote and while that allegations out there and was mentioned during the two thousand one campaign for example for Mayor. I did interview. A person do not previously spoken publicly and quoted him in the story. There's audio of him posted online with their story and he said he was there and he heard Bloomberg. Tell this woman. Are you going to kill it? So in the form of a question sort of similar but not exactly the same quote and he said he thought this was outrageous understood why the woman was so upset so there is some new reporting and and you know that goes along with your question. Directly was what's happening to the company Bloomberg was not a big fan of providing for example part timely Women with newborn children coming back to work. I have a deposition that I got under a freedom of Information Act. He's quoted as saying that in a deposition more recently. The company has greatly improved. Its policy they now offer twenty six weeks of leave Plus more weeks of part time Leave to transition back. And that is one of the most generous policies the industry so as the company told me they have quote evolved quote unquote issue Mara Gaye. Were these issues As they say litigated in Bloomberg's campaigns familiar in New York three of them you know not so much and I think what Michael is saying is spot on. I think it's just the the context here is important. Which is that. This is not to offer an excuse but Michael Bloomberg came up on Wall Street and most of what we're talking about here are below the belt remarks off. Color Jokes That doesn't mean that it's appropriate for him to have done but we're not talking about sexual assault allegations or anything of that matter. In addition at City Hall he did have several high profile Deputies were women and so really Those kinds of concerns about jokes and things of that nature continued. But we're not talking about somebody who is known to be a sexist or have issues with women in that way and so I I do think. The context is important in that his company has evolved in the same way. The country has evolved. I think one of the things that was striking about last night is just the fact that now that we're having this conversation host metoo things sound a little bit different and frankly some times worse than I did when he was at City Hall. Different time doesn't excuse it but it was a different time. Of course when you're when you're running in your late seventies you have a lot of back pages tribe. You're deeply involved in the past by definition in that case after Michael Bloomberg Made that defensive of how many women he had appointed to important positions and entrusted with authority in his in his company. Senator Warren a jumped on that defense. Pointedly referencing rumored nondisclosure agreements. You heard what his defense was. I've been nice to some women..
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch
"From the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal. This is Potomac Watch. Welcome back I'M GONNA go with Kim Strassel and bill mcgurn and we're talking about the rise of Michael Bloomberg and his chances of of Rising Challenge Bernie Sanders for the leadership in the Democratic primary campaign. The other big issue Kim Is that Michael Bloomberg has spent more money so far than anybody ever has spent in At this stage of the campaign and maybe more than almost all candidates have spent Before the end of the of an election four hundred million dollars. It's astonishing amount. You can't Turn on the radio or television. A Nazi a Bloomberg ad in many parts of the country these also flooding The Social media with With money facebook ads twitter ads and likewise and this is becoming an issue Hits vaulted him in the up in the opinion polls to where he's now player in the campaign but it's also being used by his opponents to say well he's by trying to buy the nomination. He's a billionaire this plutocracy. This is an assault on democracy to let a rich Man Do this and I would assume I that you're going to hear an awful lot of that from from the other. Democrats on Wednesday. Yeah I think from every other Democrat on Wednesday we've I think a now heard it from every single one outside of the debate stage And and mentions of it. In prior debates it will be a focus on Wednesday. I think the hard part though Paul. Is that separate out this question? How much of Michael Bloomberg's rise in the poll is a result of his money versus? How much of it is a desire among the democratic electorate for a candidate who may be a little bit more centrist or even a lot more centrists on financial policies Who simply is a big contrast to some of the other candidates? They're or how many Democrats in fact like the fact that Michael Bloomberg has a lot of money because it means that he would use it to try to beat Donald Trump and take the White House And but but he's going to have to you know answer. Those questions he has in the past is his argument is look. I'm not embarrassed by my dollars. I'M GONNA use it to do the thing that this whole. Artie wants We'll see if that message resonates up on the stage. I think we're going to find out. I mean I am very much looking forward to the debate. Because the the last one I think was very illuminating to see how they respond and and had consequences especially for Amy Klobuchar. And I think I don't think she's GonNa get it but I think she could take it from someone else. Maybe Pete Budaj or so forth and I think if there's a criticism of Bloomberg I mean she's been very critical of mayor. Pete on most of her performances in clearly does not think he should be on that stage with them. But I think that if she goes after Mayor Bloomberg. It'll be a lot stronger than even the Lisbeth Warren. I think she would do it in a much more punchy and telling way but are we finding out To some extent that Maybe that the Democratic nominating electorate doesn't hate billionaire much as the elites and the twitter class Does a because clearly Tom? Steyer who the only thing he has to recommend him apart from his ads for Democrats would be that. He supports impeachment and he spends a lot of money on climate change. He has no record in public to speak. He loves everyone then. He says he supports everyone. But the but then Mike Bloomberg does have a substantial record. Twelve years as governor of of of the city built a great company and So I mean he's a substantial person and He is spending a lot of money to to to project that message but I tend to believe And this view is not shared by everybody but I tend to believe that If you You spend a lot of money to get the message there. But if the message is wrong and people don't agree with people don't agree with the Messenger than You can spend hundreds of billions of dollars and it's not going to work. That's that's been our line right on. Citizens United that the spending is political speech top sires spending billions to to rape bill billion attention hundred trillion. Two hundred million but he some his message isn't getting through because as you say people don't really it's political speech and he's not hitting a court. If Mayor Bloomberg were to win part of it would definitely be as resources his money but party would be that. The party responded to the political message that he was offering right. I mean that's that's what it comes down to and that seems to me fair enough and I think actually looking at at primaries and systems and candidates You know for years. We had primaries D- dominated by bushes and Clintons because they had the advantage of name recognition. Right that's an advantage to. It's not the advantage of billions. But it's a it's an advantage and so it's it's nice for me to see alternative ways into the system because my view is people can always say no the way they're saying you know to Mr Steinmeier and I would argue also that because of this new era were in being able to raise relatively large amounts of money through literally millions of donors over the Internet small donors twenty five dollar donors hundred fifty dollar donors again and again people giving twenty five bucks one month and then twenty five bucks again The next month for the after the next the latest Call for money which you have is the ability of somebody like Bernie Sanders Kim to compete in a way that he would not have before and I think is you're looking at the for example the campaign in Nevada Bernie. Sanders is going to be as flushes anybody there and competing over the airwaves in that state when he if he wins Nevada. He's going to be a Lotta free media. And then I think he's going to move on to South Carolina and have more than ample resources to compete there. So this idea that somehow. You'RE A billionaire. Makes CAMPAIGNS UNCOMPETITIVE? Doesn't Wash No? It doesn't wash it all especially when the front runner who has been a consistent front runner in the polls ever since Iowa is the one complaining that he can't compete but I think the other thing to add to what you said about online tools and the ability to do more fundraising these days is also a magnified. The other part of that is television You know the the rise of all of these televised debates so many of them It always happening right before or a big voting event. Look at Amy Klobuchar. She went into New Hampshire with almost no money in the bank a shoestring operation but in the days following a very good debate performance She capitalized on that online. Fundraising and then capitalized. Even more when she came in third in New Hampshire so there's plenty of means for the other candidates to get ahead and even stay ahead. It's it comes back to what you said you have something. People want to buy the Nevada polling just To fill people in now in the fivethirtyeight website Nevada caucus polling average Bernie Sanders is. Bill is pulling away. He's got twenty six point one percent in the average whereas Biden us down to fifteen point one at Bloomberg not on the ballot but below that are are warn and booed edge. So you have a a clear separation here now. In the betting markets Bernie Sanders is at eighty four percent. Chance of a victory yet. Nevada in many ways should be Bernie's kind of steak state in this race because we know that Joe Biden has a lot of African American sport tend to be older. Bernie support tends to be younger. Right but Bernie has a lot of Latino support. Nevada is the first state in the system. That has a significant Latino vote now on the other hand he's got some issues with the The unions out there because a lot of them sees Medicare for all program is taking away their kind of gold plated healthcare plans and they're right so so we'll we'll see it'll be a good test but it it does it. South Carolina is to Joe Biden's advantage. Nevada should be to Bernice advantage. There's no no accident that daime closure Kim campaigned With the Culinary Workers Healthcare facility on the weekend as our colleague Matthew King report because that the culinary workers have come out and criticized Medicare for all is taking away their union benefits which it would the But if Bernie in if he gets upwards of thirty percent in in Nevada and there's no guarantee that that will happen but if he does if in other words if he increases his his Support from New Hampshire. And I will. That'll be another sign that he is Consolide beginning to raise his ceiling and consolidate some of his support and particularly if the competition in the centre-left remains divided. He is. There's going to be a lot more pressure on Elizabeth Warren to drop out and And Bernie is going to be very hard to beat that to be as one of three things to really watch Nevada. One is the level of support the Bernie Goetz just as you said. Does he began to grow it? Who Does he take it from? I think the second question and that's gets to your cloture point is does there began to be some consolidation around one centrist alternative to Bernie Sanders stampede. Buddha judge or or is it an Amy Klobuchar does Biden in any way stage a comeback in that state And then third is who does badly and who was the result potentially has to drop out after this race and you know those are the folks you look like at a for instance a an Elizabeth Warren who really has been struggling since Iowa so We're GONNA be Watching all of this. It's interesting just to finish a point that bill made earlier Mike Bloomberg has moved left on on his On his program and as economic in particular and other other proposals he has Just come out. For example for a financial transactions tax on On financial transactions which has always been something that they do in France. But not here. And they don't even doesn't even work in France But it's mostly. It's an old reliable with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. He is He has come out for five trillion dollar tax increase a five dollars which is more than triple the amount of the Donald Trump tax cut that passed in two thousand seventeen. This is over a ten year period but it includes tax increases really across the board. And it's kind of Sanders Light If you will I guess he feels. This is the price of admission to get to a hearing in a Democratic primary. But I think it takes some of the The the appeal of him to centers. Voters takes that away If he does get the nomination runs against trump will per partly it It's a similar phenomenon with Biden and when Biden started Bloomberg was giving a speech saying that he wouldn't be running 'cause no way in heck that he was going to be out there giving an apology or any sort of done it. The irony is that Elizabeth Warren and Bernie of move the goalposts. So far left that even with this you can make a claim that is very moderate and modest compared to what Bernie you're Elizabeth Warren wants to do. And that's I think that's what he's hoping but he is. I have some sympathy form..
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on What A Day
"As we talk about. The twenty twenty presidential primary there is one name that continues to hang over at all. Despite the fact he is not competing in the first for early voting states so former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has been an immense amount of his money on a massive campaign. Blanketing the airwaves amassing large staff and even investing in a paid meam operation the money and the resulting media attention has led to a rise in the polls and with that more scrutiny over his record particularly troubling policies and statements on race. We've already seen too glaring examples of this in the past week alone. So get in. You WanNa you WanNa go through these. Yeah so the first incidence is probably the most high profile of the week. This was a comment that Bloomberg made in two thousand fifteen in which he was defending. Stop and Frisk policy in New York. That was sort of a hallmark of his time as mayor in the city and it disproportionately targeted people of Color. Here's a clip of those remarks. Murders you a male artist now because the audio sanders recorded underground to be clear. What Bloomberg was saying was quote ninety? Five percent of your murderers murderers and murder victims fit one. Mo You can just take the description xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male minorities. Sixteen to twenty five. That's true in New York. That's true in virtually every city and so pretty fucking races. Yeah but also you know I lived in York at the time and everybody thought it was pretty fucking into He went onto the SCR police tactics by saying quote. We put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes that's true. Why do we do it? Because that's where all the crime is. He was saying later in the clip that the goal was to get guns off the street quote. And the way you get the guns out of the kids hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them in a statement following the circulation of the Clip Bloomberg apologized for not cutting back the practice which he had long defended sooner in his term right and just a reminder that a judge ruled that New York City stop and Frisk program was carried out in a manner that violated the constitution Anyway so after this there were additional comments from Bloomberg that resurfaced on Thursday about the housing crisis tells about those. Yeah sure so. Two Thousand Eight. During the height of the Housing Crisis Bloomberg was at this forum where he said that the elimination of discriminatory housing practice of redlining contributed to the collapse. You've made some reference to the elements that led to where we are today. Could could you a little bit deeper and tell us from your perspective? How did we get here? What are the root causes? You can go back. I I would say probably all started back when there was a lot of pressure on banks to make loans to everyone red lining if you remember was the term where banks took whole neighborhoods and said people in these neighborhoods. Poor the not going to be able to pay off their mortgages. Tell them you're salesman. Don't go into those areas and then Congress got involved as local elected officials as well and said Oh. That's not fair. These people should be able to get credit and once you started pushing in that direction. Bank started making more and more loans where the credit of the person buying. The house wasn't as good as you would like okay so just to take a step back. You're really fast. Redlining is a discriminatory practice in which banks denied mortgages to neighborhoods with high populations of people of Color immigrants and those neighborhoods. Were quite literally marked on maps with red lines and not provided investment and that over the years has contributed to the massive racial wealth. Disparities that we have in this country the fair housing act of nineteen sixty eight forty years prior to these comments sought to outlaw. This as not only is what Bloomberg is saying offensive here but it's also factually inaccurate. It's widely understood that predatory loan practices and bank speculation. Were what fueled the financial crisis not undoing. These racist mortgage practices after this Bloomberg campaign pointed to his current plans on housing for increased home ownership But of course this was something that democratic opponents seized on pretty quickly. I mean he's like it's honestly like you shouldn't have a paper trail Oregon audio trail of all of the racist things you believe anyway. Meanwhile even as all of this is happening Bloomberg has been getting a number of coveted endorsements from some moderate members of Congress in swing states like Florida Michigan and from black members of Congress tells about the most recent representatives tobacco. Yes so this week. The endorsements for Bloomberg came from Reps. Lucy Macbeth Gregory meeks and Stacey plaskitt and Macbeth specifically was talking about some of the late career stuff that Bloomberg has done specifically his extensive gun control work. It's obviously a very important issue to her. Specifically because of what happened to her son he was shot and killed by a white man for playing music too loud before she was elected to Congress in another note of context for why these these things are happening. Right now why. These endorsements are coming in sort of an uncertain moment in the Democratic primary as a lot of these folks are looking for a moderate candidate to back so biden may have been the beneficiary of some of these members supporting him but his poll numbers are dropping as Bloomberg's have gone up. So That's another reason why folks might be saying okay. Well maybe we don't love everything that he's about but it seems like he's he's doing well and he could win those poll numbers. Oh could also be attributed to just the amount of money that Bloomberg spending and then the earned media that he's getting off of that money that's being spent and like even when we talk about him here. I'm sort of thinking like are we contributing to this broader goal of just Bloomberg being in the ether all the time but it is worth being skeptical of what could happen next win this guy with the past comments that he's made the fact that he was a former Republican is further scrutinized and has to face these opponents. I'm all right and onto a more ridiculous element of the campaign. We need to talk about the memes. Yeah so this this is like even as I read it again i. I don't believe what I what I'm actually reading. The Times reported that the Bloomberg campaign is working with this company called Me Twenty. Twenty two grown worthy sponsored content on instagram promoting his did work in produced groans. Mean Twenty twenty is headed up by the CEO of Jerry media who you might remember from doing all the marketing of fire fest. That was a noted success. It was a great line on the resume. The accounts of all these these accounts that have done it so far have posted. What OUR BLOOMBERG CAMPAIGN ADS? And they're made to look like direct messages from the candidate himself and they are putrid. If you want to go check out just one man's opinion and in a sign of our dystopia in future health scape the Times quoted the teenager who runs a mean page named at Big Dad. Whip saying quote I would be down. Bread is bread. That would be kind of dope. I could say I helped presidential candidate. Good luck to you. Mr Whip though. Apparently it was a bridge too far for another mean page operator and joke thief the one they call the fat Jewish who cited Bloomberg stop and Frisk policy as one reason. Why he didn't WanNa do it. And why Bloomberg is quote a total. Ho Okay I mean I don't I don't want to shave the teens. Forgetting that cool six grand a month but come on Here's a museum. I want a drink soda and lot of it sometimes. And that's what I remember from Bloomberg he's trying to make us now have a big gulp about that is that I mean if you make data mean if we make it a mean mom Soda Soda Queen. While we'll make that we'll keep an eye on Bloomberg's campaign for you. Know more scrutiny of these past stances and his record as well the effects of this enormous campaign spending.
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on What A Day
"On today's show a check in on the state of local media the Bloomberg Campaign. And of course some headlines mcclatchy the publisher of the Sacramento Bee the Kansas City Star the Miami Herald and twenty-seven other Daily News outlets across the country has filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy and is expected to be taken over by a New York based Hedge Fund. And it's not just sad because the print industry is declining. We all look smart when we read the paper. Local journalism provides on the ground contextualized reporting that big national media can miss and also gives direct accountability for people in the communities they serve. We'll get to that in a minute but Akilah what gives all right so top line. Here's what the bankruptcy means. Mcclatchy is going to keep it. Thirty papers afloat while it tries to sort out more than seven hundred million dollars of debt it has racked up about half of that debt could be forgiven through the chapter eleven filing. So that's good but that would still leave hundreds of millions of dollars to account for in the meantime while the court decides whether or not to approve this. Filing mcclatchy secured fifty million dollars in funding to maintain operations. So that's where things currently stand but what we know about where this is going. Well mcclatchy is hoping that they can buy some time sort out debt and come out of this for some background here. The company is one hundred sixty three years old. It's a family owned company. And so far the mcclatchy have been able to weather this digital media storm but now there's a real possibility that this could in the family's control of their business and turn it over to a hedge fund which is currently their top shareholder the news guild which represents about one hundred fifty mcclatchy. Employees isn't really happy about that and make sense yesterday. The President of the union said quote `financialisation of local news will destroy our democracy. So there's the ownership issue and also the overall decline of the industry twenty percent of all newspapers of close in America since two thousand and four in according to Pew Research newspaper. Jobs have been cut in half. Yeah it's a crisis in digital journalism runs newspapers out of town and then digital journalism isn't even sustainable sustainable and stable itself. How did we get here? How did we get to this moment? The obvious thing that changed in the journalism industry is the popularity of the Internet and Internet content. It's cheaper to buy ads online. So these newspapers that could secure annual brand contracts suddenly had to prove that they were worth all of that extra money which is hard to do when you also have a smaller readership than ever So the idea is basically you know. Why would you pay to get the paper when you could just read the news online for free? And since most digital ad on facebook and Google the problem has only gotten worse for local media whether that's print or digital but specifically for mcclatchy their money problems started in two thousand six that was when they bought out a competitor for four point. Five billion dollars that coinciding with the digital journalism boom and also the recession made it. Impossible for them to just break even. Yeah it was like a perfect storm in a way So we hear a lot of vague praised about why local news matters but specifically the truth is that it is an incredibly powerful force in speaking truth to power and also just digging up the good good dirt that you can get As well as sometimes literally the only means by which local governments can be held accountable and in its absence. There's a vacuum that might only be filled with you. Know Telecom conglomerates like sinclair pushed the propaganda type content to local news networks. What are some examples of the work that mcclatchy has pulled off? Yeah I agree with everything you said but between the thirty two papers at mcclatchy has ever owner. They currently have thirty They've won more than eighty Pulitzer prizes and a perfect example of that. Excellent investigative journalism comes from mcclatchy owned Miami Herald so by twenty eighteen. The public had more or less just moved on with their lives and gotten over the very suspicious plea deal Jeffrey. Seen got in two thousand eight and it wasn't until Herald journalist Julie K. Brown dug into the case in a three part series that was called perversion of justice That the story really cracked open. It was brown stories that encourage the FBI to give Epstein a second and third look and it was precisely that reporting reopened investigations into him. His behavior his connection to the rich and powerful all of that stuff so we know how story ended or at least we kinda think we do but it's important to remember how it started because of a local story out of Palm Beach Florida and someone who's just familiar with the area. We're going to keep following the story and what it means for mcclatchy employees because the pension obligations are still up in the air and the future of the papers are uncertain. Please.
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Knocked down you know suffered a set back fired left out it happens it happens a Mike Bloomberg middle class kid worked his way through college got a job started a family boon fired at thirty nine what it might do but a lot of us do he got back up those back in he had an idea designer you computer able to crunch data and process information in a unique way he built it he sold it he built more he sold more he built a team of people to company created twenty thousand jobs Bloomberg is a doer this is Michael Douglas I played a president in movies this is real world this is our world Mike Bloomberg has Rick takes to win unite the country find some common ground between Democrats Republicans and then lead the way Mike will get it done I'm Mike Bloomberg candidate for president and I approve this message paid for by Mike Bloomberg twenty twenty Nick junior show continues right here on seven twenty WGN three one two nine eight one seven two hundred for talking text I'm very happy to have a with me from the factory theatre in studio Mike Byron can bowler and on the phone my old friend Kirk Pinchon Kirk and Mike wrote last night in karaoke town in Kim directed it it previews on the fourteenth and it runs through March twenty eighth with the press opening on the twenty first at the factory theatre at sixteen twenty three west tower we were talking off the air about terrible karaoke songs my producer Tom Tom how she ever going karaoke and you do you do the Kerry okay I used to go every single Sunday night when I worked at the new four hundred theatre in Rogers park it was it was the best of my go to's were joy division's love will tear us apart the voice the voice I would I would gyrate and then do a little David Allan coe you never even call me by mine all man well those are you go to this whenever we went to whenever we went to Carol zero my go to us what higher by creed I would do the Jesus boat yeah by the way the news is next northwestern medicine there's room so what are some of the you know terrible songs that you that you don't give everything away but there's an terrible songs in the show there are I mean here's the terra and Amy Grant the next time I fall in love yeah we got to do a ballad god at the ballot at wired we used to have a guy you know one of the guys that would show up I say that is the worst in the song I love that song that is my that's my favorite song songs in the show that's your favorite it's a good thing to play the good thing the player I guess along with the director that's how it always worry eighth we used to have a guy when we would take a back in the day when we went to Carol's it was a guy who clearly Thursday nights was the night that he looked forward to everybody liked this wall as he is not so he came in and he was he had a collection you know those teachers with wolves on them yes where the wolf takes up the whole shirt that reads a foursome moon this guy had a collection of those and it would have been tucked into his his jeans and he came in and man what was the what was the this his signature song but the thing and now I can't remember his signature song I can't believe I can't members but anyway he would come in and people started to go nuts over this guy because it like people would you start cheering this guy because he really belted it out I mean he he really was I'm trying to remember really cool no no where will the money and he would he supposed to fit his power move was did he do moves on the you know it was a stage it was on the floor it Carol so there and also but he's big move would be to push the monitor away he.
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Of Mike Bloomberg's national campaign he's also the mayor of Columbia South Carolina Mister mayor thank you so much thank you so much take care well Reid Wilson one feature of Mike Bloomberg's campaign has been a string of endorsements from ours all across the country including Steve Benjamin there and I don't see a lot of these matters without really a lot of obvious ideological or political connections to Mike Bloomberg where does this come from why is Bloomberg collecting all of these endorsements from mares really from every corner of the country yeah I I think he pays more attention to urban issues than others I mean it we're we're going through that there's a fascinating little corner of the policy world right now that's debating what the future of the American city looks like how transportation flows how cities relationship with the state government things like that and Bloomberg has been on the forefront of that he's been cultivating a sort of a group of mayors who who see the future of the American city like he does and and you know I gotta say when you talk about mayors in in local politics mayors tend to have better organizations ground games if you will then then people like governors are senators are or folks like that because they've got organizing their one little particular community or little or big and as the case may be and a lot of these matters and they're indoors ones are more valuable than a member of Congress my want to ask you I mean you think that these endorsements could have an impact I think they could it in a place like like in California the Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs eight he was the youngest Merrin America when he was elected easily one of the first millennium Myers is he will remind you if you ever talk to him but the young tubs a young African American man in a very diverse city in California that probably doesn't know who Mike Bloomberg is because why would you pay attention to who the mayor of New York City is if you live on the west coast but here is this young young dynamic mayor who's endorsed a candidate and that opens up doors that you know Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders might not have opened people here in Washington DC many of them shocked and surprised when mayor Merial Bowser endorsed Mike Bloomberg and really if you came to it as a neophyte you think they have almost nothing in common yeah and I mean consider that the members of Congress who have backed with Bloomberg you mentioned the sort of lack of ideological cohesion among the mayor's that the house members of endorsed and range from Bobby rush in city on the south side of Chicago very liberal a member of the congressional black caucus to Stephanie Murphy who heads the other new dams so there's a pretty wide ideological the difference there and clearly they see something in Bloomberg I would suggest that it's the notion that he can be president trump we're gonna spend a little bit more time on the candidacy and the money of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and then we're going to look at a Senate seat in Colorado where I see it is up for grabs vulnerable Republican senator up for reelection and he's got a fight on his hands an up hill battle whatever metaphor you like Cory Gardner is in a race.
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on Ballots and Dollars
"But I kind of wonder if that even matters I mean the way. He's positioning himself. I mean the reason. Let's just go to the Let's make a huge job and say that he's the nominee. I think that is a huge jump. Let's make it and saying how he matches his up against President Trump and certainly. He's a centrist. And he's pro business and you're not going to be asking him if he's a socialist but in terms of the inequality issues in terms of the manufacturing jobs people who have been losing their jobs. What has he done for them here? In New York City Eh under Bloomberg inequality surged in the city. I don't think you how does how does ao see it get elected in a host Bloomberg world if he got this city to be something. That's for everybody well. We Do Louisville City during the during his when he was mayor and I didn't. I've always lived in the suburbs. And I I kind of liked him as mayor but it didn't matter I didn't get the vote for against instagram and he didn't affect me directly. I you know I. I saw Bloomberg speak at a conference a few years ago but When it was clear he had he had decided not to run in twenty sixteen? And I'm not I I it. He made it sound as if he was there was no way he was even thinking about running at twenty two thousand eight hundred seventy seven years old by the way and somebody asked him why he while he decided not to run in two twenty sixteen. And he said I'm paraphrasing. But he basically said I just didn't think a New York Jew could win in the rest of the country and he seems to have changed his mind. But I I mean it's going to be totally tested. I mean you know. The the rest of America doesn't love New York City and they don't love the way things get done here so I mean I think that would be an issue but you do. We do need to remember that the next election is not really I mean he's if he's the Democratic nominee. He'll win all the blue states and that's a lot so we know that's California New York obviously in the the other. Obviously that's a lot of electoral votes. But what the election is going to come down to five or six dates and it's it's GonNa come down to about five percent of the electorate in those five or six dates. So that's swing voters in Minnesota Wisconsin Ohio WPRO Pennsylvania Michigan Possibly Arizona and possibly Florida But we know. The last election hinged on eighty to one hundred thousand votes in this one one I mean that tells you the relatively small group of voters that this whole battle is about and I think one thing Bloomberg has going for him this operation Asian. We've talked about a thousand people all money. He needs to hire anybody And he's he knows how to run an election because he's done it three times here in New York He probably will be very good at going to the places where he needs to convince the right people vote for him and get them to do it. I mean that's what Hillary Clinton famously really was bad at in two thousand sixteen when she never even visited Wisconsin because she thought it was a lock and she ended up losing it so however he is I you know nobody knows you know the even even the even the best political scientists who fall for decades. No you know. Every town to the third decimal point what every demographic group votes for. They don't know they're like we really don't have. There's no precedent for what he's doing here. No textbook at all when you this much money to produce it in ninety two but first of all. He spent nowhere near as much money. Even when you account for inflation Ross Ross. Ross Perot was on a proven politician. I think that's that's a huge difference. Is that Bloomberg. I'm getting elected mayor of New York City. It's not like getting elected mayor of South Bend. Indiana Indiana No Dig intended wink wink. I you a blue. A New York City is the is the size of many states. So it's equivalent to governorship in that way In the budget here the current budget. They're talking about ninety five billion dollar budget. I mean that's a lot of money I mean. Yeah I mean it's a lot of money I does this play right into Elizabeth Warren's hands and her railing against a billionaires look she can just say he doesn't want me to be president because I'm going to tax him I am. I have a wealth tax. That's why this man is going to spend all this money money because he wants to keep it. Yeah I think Bloomberg should address that directly And it seems like it's such an easy one for him to swat down So what what would you say Let's I'll try to guess what he would say. The first of all the wealth the wealth tax is probably never going to happen. I don't think even if Democrats control the Senate You know there's been some decent analysis of this that they would have enough votes for wealth tax because Yes the majority of Americans are fine with taxing the wealthy more but but there's also they also feel like When is this going to hit me and there are some there will be some Democrats from hits? You till you're fifty fifty million dollars right. Well Yeah but it starts here and then they lowered the threshold and stuff but the other problem with the wealth tax is it might be unconstitutional. Just because of certain clause in the constitution and the really hard part of it is. How do you value certain things that you would tax every year your art collection? Your yacht is the you know the famous example and by the way. Why don't you just do something simpler if you wanna tax the wealthy more just tax them more through the parts of the tax code that we we already know work just raise the income tax raise raise? The capital gains tax would be the most direct way And I think Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders WanNa do all of those things so I think Bloomberg could say the wealth tax just won't work. I'm a pragmatist. I want to do things that are going to work. And by the way if you did tax me at two percents I've got I've got more money than I know what to do with. And if you take away two percent of my fifty five billion I'll have fifty three point five. What would it be Zillion Elizabeth Warren still going to be a billionaire? He could say that though. Say I'm not. It's not my thing because it'll never work but if you took two percent of away from me every year I I would die. The richest guy I've ever known anyway. It's interesting I should do. He should say I don't I just don't give a crap. I went on his website earlier. And just looking at the issues because they do think that inequality is an issue this campaign. And it's not something that he's highlighting and I wonder if that's because it's a difficult issue for him and maybe he's going to get around to it But he does you know He. It does really well setting out on guns and as you noted on the climate change issue as well which I think are two very important issues. This cycle Geico but the inequality problem is not going away and I just think being a billionaire it does have to be something that needs to take on one right away. Let me let me answer. Answer that with a question I but then I'll answer answer Who Do you among the Democrats? Who Do you think is doing a good job making Fixing inequality the highlight of their campaign. I'd say Sanders and Warren. She enters in Warren midnight is their thing. Basically Biden not so much sorta status quo so biden is the front runner still. And he's not he's he I mean he. He's got those kinds of things as part of his plan. It's not what really what he's running on the Biden kind of like Bloomberg they're both really attacking trump and and Comparing themselves to trump rather than running against the other Democrats what's Which I think is important and is that the thing that will actually put them over the top? I mean again. These are all different than it's been before so so Bloomberg does have he does address inequality and he's Because he has not been doing this for as long as the other candidates His plans hands are not nearly as developed because he hasn't been working on them as long as the others and testing them and then You know revising them based on what public reaction it gets stuff like that. But here's what his economic plan is. I mean he wants to So first of all he does favor Higher taxes on the wealthy. I don't think he has said exactly how he would do that. And he's also said he doesn't want to do it through the wealth tax but there are lots of other ways you could do. You could just raise the income tax raise capital gains tax. Raise the corporate tax whatever And then his economic plan. It's actually boring but prudent So he he wants to do things to improve the skills of the workforce in places that need improvements in a skilled workforce. That's a lot of the Midwest. That's a lot of the industrial part of the country You know trump's pitch to those voters was make America great again by which he meant. I'm GONNA bring enjoy bring back the good jobs that used to support the middle class in these parts of the country which he has not done in which he can't do. I mean we've talked about that. So many times on our shows right It just so happens that the economy's doing pretty well right now but he has not brought back any jobs the you know to. The extent manufacturing is doing well. It's because as we do still build stuff and the economy has supported an improvement in that part of sector. But that's GONNA go back down again during the next recession Bloomberg right he says what Smart Economists Animus say we need to do. which is we need to boost the skill level? All throughout the workforce especially for people who don't go to college doesn't mean you have to go to college in you have to get better skills that include a lot of technical training how to operate digital machinery Specific skills that pay more. And you know he's got plans for how to do this he he wants to replace Every call plant in the country. I think he says there are two hundred fifty one call plants left. He wants to replace everyone of those but instead of just sort of the blanket statement we got end and call. which is what you hear from Elizabeth Warren? For example she also just banned fracking. A Bloomberg..
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on Yahoo Finance Presents
"But I kind of wonder if that even matters I mean the way. He's positioning himself. I mean the reason. Let's just go to the Let's make a huge job and say that he's the nominee. I think that is a huge jump. Let's make it and saying how he matches his up against President Trump and certainly. He's a centrist. And he's pro business and you're not going to be asking him if he's a socialist but in terms of the inequality issues in terms of the manufacturing jobs people who have been losing their jobs. What has he done for them here? In New York City Eh under Bloomberg inequality surged in the city. I don't think you how does how does ao see it get elected in a host Bloomberg world if he got this city to be something. That's for everybody well. We Do Louisville City during the during his when he was mayor and I didn't. I've always lived in the suburbs. And I I kind of liked him as mayor but it didn't matter I didn't get the vote for against instagram and he didn't affect me directly. I you know I. I saw Bloomberg speak at a conference a few years ago but When it was clear he had he had decided not to run in two thousand sixteen? And I'm not I I it. He made it sound as if he was there was no way he was even thinking about running at twenty two thousand eight hundred seventy seven years old by the way and somebody asked him why he while he decided not to run in two twenty sixteen. And he said I'm paraphrasing. But he basically said I just didn't think a New York Jew could win in the rest of the country and he seems to have changed his mind. But I I mean it's going to be totally tested. I mean you know. The the rest of America doesn't love New York City and they don't love the way things get done here so I mean I think that would be an issue but you do. We do need to remember that the next election is not really I mean he's if he's the Democratic nominee. He'll win all the blue states and that's a lot so we know that's California New York obviously in the the other. Obviously that's a lot of electoral votes. But what the election is going to come down to five or six dates and it's it's GonNa come down to about five percent of the electorate in those five or six dates. So that's swing voters in Minnesota Wisconsin Ohio WPRO Pennsylvania Michigan Possibly Arizona and possibly Florida But we know. The last election hinged on eighty to one hundred thousand votes in this one one I mean that tells you the relatively small group of voters that this whole battle is about and I think one thing Bloomberg has going for him this operation Asian. We've talked about a thousand people all money. He needs to hire anybody And he's he knows how to run an election because he's done it three times here in New York He probably will be very good at going to the places where he needs to convince the right people vote for him and get them to do it. I mean that's what Hillary Clinton famously really was bad at in two thousand sixteen when she never even visited Wisconsin because she thought it was a lock and she ended up losing it so however he is I you know nobody knows you know the even even the even the best political scientists who fall for decades. No you know. Every town to the third decimal point what every demographic group votes for. They don't know they're like we really don't have. There's no precedent for what he's doing here. No textbook at all when you this much money to produce it in ninety two but first of all. He spent nowhere near as much money. Even when you account for inflation Ross Ross. Ross Perot was on a proven politician. I think that's that's a huge difference. Is that Bloomberg. I'm getting elected mayor of New York City. It's not like getting elected mayor of South Bend. Indiana Indiana No Dig intended wink wink a blue. A New York City is the is the size of many states so it's equivalent to governorship in that way In the budget here the current budget. They're talking about ninety five billion dollar budget. I mean that's a lot of money I mean. Yeah I mean it's a lot of money I does this play right into Elizabeth Warren's hands and her railing against a billionaires look she can just say he doesn't want me to be president because I'm going to tax him I am. I have a wealth tax. That's why this man is going to spend all this money money because he wants to keep it. Yeah I think Bloomberg should address that directly And it seems like it's such an easy one for him to swat down So what what would you say Let's I'll try to guess what he would say. The first of all the wealth the wealth tax is probably never going to happen. I don't think even if Democrats control the Senate You know there's been some decent analysis of this that they would have enough votes for wealth tax because Yes the majority of Americans are fine with taxing the wealthy more but but there's also they also feel like When is this going to hit me and there are some there will be some Democrats from hits? You till you're fifty fifty million dollars right. Well Yeah but it starts here and then they lowered the threshold and stuff but the other problem with the wealth tax is it might be unconstitutional. Just because of certain clause in the constitution and the really hard part of it is. How do you value certain things that you would tax every year your art collection? Your yacht is the you know the famous example and by the way. Why don't you just do something simpler if you wanna tax the wealthy more just tax them more through the parts of the tax code that we we already know work just raise the income tax raise raise? The capital gains tax would be the most direct way And I think Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders WanNa do all of those things so I think Bloomberg could say the wealth tax just won't work. I'm a pragmatist. I want to do things that are going to work. And by the way if you did tax me at two percents I've got I've got more money than I know what to do with. And if you take away two percent of my fifty five billion I'll have fifty three point five. What would it be zillion? Elizabeth Warren says still going to be a billionaire. He could say that though. Say I'm not. It's not my thing because it'll never work but if you took two percent of away from me every year I I would die. The richest guy I've ever known anyway. It's interesting I should do. He should say I don't I just don't give a crap. I went on his website earlier. And just looking at the issues because they do think that inequality is an issue this campaign. And it's not something that he's highlighting and I wonder if that's because it's a difficult issue for him and maybe he's going to get around to it But he does you know He. It does really well setting out on guns and as you noted on the climate change issue as well which I think are two very important issues. This cycle Geico but the inequality problem is not going away and I just think being a billionaire it does have to be something that needs to take on one right away. Let me let me answer. Answer that with a question I but then I'll answer answer Who Do you among the Democrats? Who Do you think is doing a good job making Fixing inequality the highlight of their campaign. I'd say Sanders and Warren. She enters in Warren midnight is their thing. Basically Biden not so much sorta status quo so biden is the front runner still. And he's not he's he I mean he. He's got those kinds of things as part of his plan. It's not what really what he's running on the Biden kind of like Bloomberg they're both really attacking trump and and Comparing themselves to trump rather than running against the other Democrats what's Which I think is important and is that the thing that will actually put them over the top? I mean again. These are all different than it's been before so so Bloomberg does have he does address inequality and he's Because he has not been doing this for as long as the other candidates His plans hands are not nearly as developed because he hasn't been working on them as long as the others and testing them and then You know revising them based on what public reaction it gets stuff like that. But here's what his economic plan is. I mean he wants to So first of all he does favor Higher taxes on the wealthy. I don't think he has said exactly how he would do that. And he's also said he doesn't want to do it through the wealth tax but there are lots of other ways you could do. You could just raise the income tax raise capital gains tax. Raise the corporate tax whatever And then his economic plan. It's actually boring but prudent So he he wants to do things to improve the skills of the workforce in places that need improvements in a skilled workforce. That's a lot of the Midwest. That's a lot of the industrial part of the country You know trump's pitch to those voters was make America great again by which he meant. I'm GONNA bring enjoy bring back the good jobs that used to support the middle class in these parts of the country which he has not done in which he can't do. I mean we've talked about that. So many times on our shows right It just so happens that the economy's doing pretty well right now but he has not brought back any jobs the you know to. The extent manufacturing is doing well. It's because as we do still build stuff and the economy has supported an improvement in that part of sector. But that's GONNA go back down again during the next recession Bloomberg right he says what Smart Economists Animus say we need to do. which is we need to boost the skill level? All throughout the workforce especially for people who don't go to college doesn't mean you have to go to college in you have to get better skills that include a lot of technical training how to operate digital machinery Specific skills that pay more. And you know he's got plans for how to do this he he wants to replace Every call plant in the country. I think he says there are two hundred fifty one call plants left. He wants to replace everyone of those but instead of just sort of the blanket statement we got end and call. which is what you hear from Elizabeth Warren? For example she also just banned fracking. A Bloomberg..
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on Ballots and Dollars
"From young finance. This is ballots and dollars. podcast about the politics that affect your pocketbook. I'm Rick Newman. And I'm Jen. Rogers is in for Alexis. Christopher today we are talking about Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his bid to be president. Rick Newman it really running for president. Are you know when you said his bid to be President I was I was thinking to myself. His bid to be president or king maker because that seems to be possibly the other role he might have but before we jump in Gen. Thank you for stepping in Alexis the our regular host. She's over in Davos very fancy I know. She's wearing a special people lar in. We're hearing this you know airless. Little Room Down in Manhattan somewhere. So thank you for stepping in. I'm on your show quite a lot of lab final round and as we take later today. We talk about this stuff all the time. So you're superb Substitute for Alexis. you know I've been Waiting A to focus much on Bloomberg spent much time on him because when he got into the race which I guess was in December formally You know I mean he started outpolling at two percents That's when we had. I mean we still have I think. Twelve Democrats he's one of them but that's what we had close. It's close to twenty and it was like well. He's you know he's he's way down among the also rans well he's not among the also rans anymore And he has come up quite a lot in the polls so The last I looked he is. He went from two percent. You know it's two percent of Democrats say he might be their first choice. That's up to between six and seven percent and At seven percent nationally. He's right behind Pete. Buddha judge now Buddha judge get is getting has gone a lot of attention and he is on the debate. He has been in the the debates of course Bloomberg is not in the debates for Some technical reasons he doesn't qualify But so he's to have gotten close to that close to boot adjudge Just by spending money on ads basically You know that saying something so he he's becoming something. I think nobody knows exactly what I mean. We've never really done it like this before. With with the guy who's rich and funding his own campaign we've had a couple of those before including trump in two thousand sixteen but Bloomberg also is a successful politician. He has actually gotten elected before and he is. This is new. He is so much richer than trump. He's so much richer than everybody. Do you know he's just just number nine in the world just crazy times we've never dealt with somebody that is this rich running to be BA. Leader are of the free world and you say he spent some money on ads. He spent two hundred seventeen million dollars if he were up. In the polls I'd be thinking something wrong with advertising overall. Yeah you're right and just to. I mean I'm glad you make that point about how Richie is. Because so trump a trump did not fully self fund his campaign campaign in two thousand sixteen. I think he self funded a lot of the primary election and then he got a Lotta help once. He was a nominee but I think trump's maximum was one hundred million throughout the whole the election. Or I think that's what he said he spent he would he was willing to spend. I'm not sure he spent that much. But Bloomberg has already spent more than twice what trump spent and he has said he is willing to spend up to one billion billion dollars to beat trump. Which would be ten times? What trump's spent and the if he spent one billion dollars that would only that would knock his personal wealth down by less than two percent and fifty five billion dollars? Yeah and I have you ever bid on anything on Ebay like any option you get into it and you're like I'm going to spend fifty dollars then you're into it anything you end up spending like one hundred and two so I do not think that the fact that he has said I will spend a billion is a ceiling ceiling at all so I have a feeling Bloomberg thinks differently when he's bidding on items on Ebay. This is the most valuable item in the world to be president of the United States. Wouldn't he yes by. That's easily bidding. I'm just going to buy this company. It's when you the numbers I think are just staggering auguring in terms of his wealth. And how much you spending just overall can you hit a run down just to put it in perspective. How big it is because I think especially you were in New York? A lot of these ads haven't hit me but I made a call to you. Know somebody in another state and they're seeing them allies and a lot of these may never hit us in New York unless he decides that's the place where he wants to spend a lot of money so So so Bloomberg has spent two hundred and seventeen million bucks on ads so far and I don't think all of those ads have run. I think a lot of that. He's he has bought ad time in the future And there's one report where when Bloomberg like in Houston. I think I saw one report. Because he's buying a so much ad space he's driving up the cost of the average because it's a kind of a limited supply there's not an unlimited supply of basically TV and radio ADS so so anyway two hundred seventeen for Bloomberg Toms Star the other billionaire in the race worth a mere one point six EXP billion poorest one percent two percent of Bloomberg. He's two percent of a Bloomberg he spent one hundred forty three million. That's a lot so he's close but then All of the other Democrats combined have only spent one hundred sixteen million dollars so barely half And that's what is that. That's about ten. Democrats have take combined have spent only about half of what Bloomberg himself has. Spent and trump has spent fifty million dollars so far but trump's got a lot of money in the bank and he's going to spend more than that so oh man that's a lot of advertising and he has really staffed up is reportedly has a thousand campaign. Staffers we just what you would have. Maybe in October yelling and to raise more staffers than anybody. People on the ground to go around Talked voters get voters excited. Figure out. Where are you need to be focusing to get voters out so money doesn't buy everything it? It's not automatically true that the person with the most money wins but it buys all of the things you need to win is not okay so You just missed out that way. Is it okay to spend everything all all your own money. What if you spend five billion dollars any wins is this? Is this okay for American democracy. I'm not sure but my as I think about it. It's I feel like it's more okay than I used to think. And here's the reason why It just takes money to win an election at the national level. I don't think that's necessarily true. Diets definitely not true at the local level I mean at the local level and probably even at the state level. You certainly see people kind of coming out of nowhere and just getting some energy and some volunteers and stuff. I mean I can think of somebody in my county who just won an election last November and it was like that was a small business person. She just wanted to take on this incumbent. She felt wasn't getting the job done. You know it's people standing on the subway platform or the train ain't platform and knocking on doors. I mean that makes a difference locally nationally. Look it just takes a lot of money to win and whoever is going to win but these elections is whether they have the money themselves or they have to get it from some from other people. It's GonNa take tons of money to get elected. I mean it took tons hunts for Obama to get elected Hillary Clinton for all the connections. And it's well known as she is. She spent almost twice as much and trump as trump. That wasn't her money but in in a way if you're spending other people's money you're more obligated to your donors to do what they want so given that the election system we have just requires wires. Money I'm not sure I mind. That Bloomberg is buying his way into the election and I'm not sure I would mind if he bought himself The Democratic nomination nation given that he would be buying He would be buying the airtime in the influence. With voters would not be literally buying boats. He'd be buying access has to voters and they would still Voters would still have a choice Whether to vote for him or not. I think we should reform the system to get worse. So that money matters less. So because ending thing money is very corrupting in politics. But I don't I'm not sure I mind. What do you think I think that that's what this election's all about isn't that why we're seeing people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren? They're doing okay in the polls and I think that it's about structural reform and it seems kind of interesting arresting again who are the writers that are behind. I mean the the it just feels like I'm watching a movie. That another billionaire is GONNA come in and disrupt this race when the Democrats Democrats are trying to make it about getting money out of politics and all we're doing is putting more money into politics. It's just what what happens if the President Bloomberg back you know go four years ago eight years you still don't get the changes that people I wish people. I wish I knew where he stood on this. And I don't where's he stand on on campaign finance reform that would specifically most importantly be finding a way to repeal the two thousand fourteen Supreme Court. Really what was it called the citizens United Citizens Citizens United. was that two thousand fourteen. I remember that right. You know what. I don't even know how old I am anymore. I've completely lost you the year Hawk citizens. United the millennials els who are watching this podcast listening. They're like why don't they just pull out their phone and Google is doing right now. Okay okay. Citizens United Twenty ten. When ten? Thank you I I I would think I don't know it's A. It's a good quite so when we interviewed him. We're going to have to ask him specifically what you WANNA do about citizens united but you know Bloomberg overall overall is a I'm talking about after his three terms as mayor of New York. So what he's done since in terms of the kinds of things he's finding and he does have a foundation on nationwide funds a lot of these things. He is generally kind of a good government Democrat type of person Even though he was a Republican and independence and everything. I mean if you think about it though that kind of is ideal preparation for winning a general election against Donald Trump right and As a if he were the Democratic nominee he would be the most centrist He's more centrist than Joe Biden And so as it stands Biden Buddha judge and club. Hr are considered the centrist among the Democrats The ones who don't favor medicare for all the ones who are Don who don't who say no. We're not going to eliminate the whole private insurance system system WE'RE NOT GONNA tax billionaires because we think it would be unworkable so I think Bloomberg would even be to the right of them but would put him more in the center which I think would make him very electable bowl against trump because he's just kinda pragmatic business friendly guy and he would get some of those voters Democrats need if they're going to be trump So we can talk a little bit about. What does he stand for?.
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on It's All Political
"Welcome to it's all political the San Francisco Chronicle's political podcast. I'm Joe Gear fully the chronicle senior political writer and today our guest is another presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. I spoke to him for a few minutes Friday after his campaign. Stop in Oakland at Everton Jones Barbecue restaurant by the way he bought Barbecue at ten thirty in the morning or hundred hundred and fifty people who showed up we covered a lot of ground from his apologies. For the stop and Frisk policies. He championed as mayor to what he thinks should be done about facebook two. Why he's a better candidate than Joe Biden? I started by asking him why he jumped into the campaign late. Well it's I I didn't I didn't go because there were enough candidates there that I liked and I thought that I didn't add and they sing and I could still do an awful lot to make this country better. Give away a lot of money money and work with all the charities that we work with and then as people dropped out It went from the people that I liked to some people that I I assume. They're very nice people but I don't think that their ideas are good or we'd get through Congress so that we could afford and I started looking and saying these people cannot be donald trump who I know very well and then I rethought it and said okay. You know if I really believe that I should just go in and try my best and do something for my my country and my kids and It was then too late to get in for the first for And and on the debates. I don't take any money from anybody. So specifically why would you be better than Joe Biden. You must have some concerns about him specifically because you're not not my business to talk about Joe Biden. He can tell you what he thinks he can take what we have different skill sets. I am a manager. I was a mayor. I know how to deliver services include Cole people together and get them to focus and how to delegate. I supervised three hundred thousand employees. When I was the mayor of New York I had to provide services everyday and every crazy kind of situation and catastrophe and good times times and bad times? And that's what I do well and that's what this job needs. It needs a manager. You're you're released. Your energy plan. Today ran an energy plan. Today and it stopped it goes to WHO You want to reduce US carbon emissions by fifty percent by twenty thirty all overnight if you could climate change why is that problem and people in California. Certainly I mean look at television or have to move should see it. Yeah absolutely AH WHY NOT. One hundred percent of some of your rivals has the green new deal. What's what's the challenge and you try? Try to have something a goal. That is doable. If it's so Impossible nobody really tries. And that's typically what happens in government that governs. That's what legislators do they promised the world So that it you never really tried to do it. And they don't have to pay for it and you can't measure whether it works so whether they're doing a good job that's not the world I come from our slogan. Is Michael Get it done. I do things and you have to pick reasonable targets and if you can do it quicker than you thought and you can always raise them later on But you have to be able to measure how well we're doing see where things things aren't working apologize if not but reese start them with a better fix. That's what it's like skiing. You can't go read a book on skiing. Being in ski double black diamonds and the presidency is not a job for amateurs. It's not a job if you need. Training wheels presidency is job. We have to come in in ready to deal with great problems of the world manage four million employees a three hundred and thirty million people and deal with our obligations uh-huh and relationships around the world. Speaking of apologies You the other day you're on the view you apologize for some quote unquote body comments you made towards women The body and embarrassed. I think there was some embarrassment. Shown as one of the women said WHO hasn't told body joke. You also apologized for stop-and-frisk open frisk. That's shortly before this. The base of the party is predominantly People of Color half the Party Democratic Party people are women a huge part of the base. How can they trust you? If you've I've had these major policies on things went well number one. That's a sign of maturity. If something doesn't work to say I'm sorry and then to change and if you show me. WHO's not willing to do that? I can tell you somebody you shouldn't have at your company or your job or as a reporter We started out when I got into office. There was six hundred and fifty murders a year. Mostly mostly young men of minorities And my first thought was just got to do something anything to stop that on. That's the mayor's responsibility. First and foremost this is security and safety of of the citizens Later on I realized we were doing much more than we should have And We do experiment to see what happens. We stopped crime. Didn't go up. It went down and I said okay. Let's stop it and before I left we'd stop ninety five percent of all the stop and Frisk and the crime rate was way down the murder rate to three hundred. But what I've really done is followed on from there taken on the NRA taken on Guns get get him off the streets in every way we can improve education in our schools so that kids aren't standing around on the street corner without a job unable to really participate in the great things in our society and helping them to get their lives on the right track the other day Speaker Pelosi was talking about facebook. She said that they're deceiving. Saving the American people. She had a lot of harsh criticism for them. I'm sure you've heard this. Would you do about facebook if anything in a way to to regulate them or what would you do. Look at the people of the product That's why they have a billion plus customers okay. I believe that all organizations that distribute news should have the same responsibilities as the San Francisco Chronicle. You are responsible for what you print and delivered to your readers regulate you like them like a media company. They are media company. And there's no excuse for not regulated when they say oh the business model doesn't allow it then. Change Your Business Model. But we shouldn't change what's good for society Bloomberg. Thank you so much for being on political. Thanks for having me. I'd like to thank you all for listening. I'd I'd like to thank Mike Bloomberg for chatting with us in Oakland. I'd like to thank the King King Kaufman for producing today's episode and remember whether the president mocks walks you as many mike or Sleepy Joe. It's all political. It's all political as part of the San Francisco. Chronicle podcast podcast network. Audrey Cooper is editor in chief our music. Our theme music that we have is cattle. Call that's written by Randy Clark and performed by Randy Clark Clark and close on if you like this. Show subscribe rate and review it on apple podcasts. Or wherever you listen for more great journalism like this. This subscribe to the San Francisco. Chronicle at San Francisco Chronicle Dot com slash subscribe. You can find me on twitter at job. Gear folding thanks..
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on Yahoo Finance Presents
"I'm Alexis Christoffersen. Today we are talking about Michael Bloomberg's presidential run who should fear his late entry into the race Moore the Democrats or Donald Trump. And of course I'm joined nobody. Rick Newman or nobody Off off the cuff. Who who fear him more the Democrats you think I? I don't know I mean I mean we're we're we're all puzzling this out so Within the Democratic field. He's most similar to Joe Biden He is a centrist. He socially liberal look liberal and a centrist So he does not want to attack Wall Street Just as Joe Biden Joe Biden says You know nobody needs to be punished. And that seems to be kind of where Bloomberg is coming from. So he's cozy with Wall Street. Obviously Muniz firm is a Wall Street firm basically He doesn't really seem to have a problem with business. The Way Elizabeth Warren does she. She wants to break up the big tech companies. He saying nothing about that. He did say We should have higher taxes on the wealthy so that's basically where all the Democrats stand He hinted where he stands on healthcare. Which is one of the biggest issues for Democratic voters He says If you can't get insurance you should be able to get it and if you have insurance sharing she likes you you should be able to keep it. So that's basically the public option idea again. That's Abidin idea and a pete. Buddha judge idea so Mike Bloomberg in terms of the front runners. He's very similar on policy to Joe Biden into Buddha judge but of course he has a very different background. So Biden is a you know. He's worked for the government almost his entire tire life. PG people to judge only thirty seven years old Bloomberg obviously made his money running starting and running a company he made tons of money worth fifty five billion dollar. I think trump is only worth three billion so that that probably nettles trump so We kind of know who Mike Bloomberg is what we don't know is. Is he going to connect with people and he's starting right out of the gate spending millions on ads single largest political advertising purchase in history. Thirty five million dollars for TV ads. And in fact I just saw his first one yesterday. So he's hit the ground running but I think you make a great point you know. He was mayor of New York City offer for three terms. That is you know unprecedented right. I believe he will change so he could go for a third term right and so I think his reputation mutation I think he's thought of positivity here in New York City and he he has the reputation here in the city. But how will that translate nationally. You know there was this. Recent poll of Reuters Ipsos poll that found less than half the respondents even knew he was going to be a huge hurdle for him. It was just telling the folks this is who I am and this is what I've done that's right and in in polls Saying would you vote for him Given all the other Democrats I think he gets between one and two percent now that was before he actually jumped in and ran. So what what I think Could Happen here is You can spend a lot of money on advertising so that that will help with name. Recognition you can money can buy name recognition but money cannot buy a connection with voters. And I think that's the big difference so so His the he will more people will know his name. More people will begin to know a little bit about him but that's not going to necessarily endear him to voters and You know the way the kind of politics we have in this country. The reason that those politicians are all out in Iowa in. They're going to be out there in the snow. Some of that memory in the snow last year here is because it does matter face-to-face contact matters stumbling matters right he's Bloomberg even going to show up in some of these You know at some of these town halls or received just going to basically try to mail it in from a corporate. HQ in New York City. We don't know we'll right now. He's got a show. He cannot advertise your way the presidency that alone now oh and I can tell you it sounds like sour grapes from some of these Democrats Bernie Sanders Accuses Bloomberg of trying to buy the election. Warren this is a quote we need to build a grassroots movement. That's how Democracy is supposed to work really but you know let's be fair Bloomberg's answer to them. Is You guys suck as Canada's that's I mean pretty much and you can see I mean honestly you can see his point which is Elizabeth Warren she if she she's close to being the front runner to be the guy running against The person I should say running against Donald trump trying to beat him next November. Saying I WANNA take everybody's healthcare way healthcare insurance away. I mean that is even among people who don't like trump trump. I think Bloomberg's right I think if Elizabeth Warren is the nominee And I don't think Bernie Sanders has a chance but Elizabeth Warren does have a chance. I just think that's an untenable a position. As a general election makes you can earn volume moderates and independents by telling them that. But here's a thought. Will Mike Bloomberg split the vote for the Democratic primary ticket such that he actually plays to Bernie Sanders or to Warren. We don't know and he doesn't know but that is a risky. T takes here. I don't know if it is because so here's what we know about his strategy. He is not going to do the usual traditional thing and spend a little bit of remaining time left before the first of Oh G- get cast. He's not going to focus on the early states. Iowa New Hampshire South South Carolina Those states don't have a lot of votes In the reason that candidates spent so much time there is momentum if you can win one of those states or come in You you know a tight second or third or have a surprise showing you generate momentum people say oh wow. This guy is connecting with voters. More than I realized that this woman But that's kind of the only reason the big vote the votes are all in the most populated states and that seems to be what what Bloomberg's going after so California has ten times as many any delegates as Iowa does New York State and Texas. I mean those are the those are the big. That's where the votes are so we might see that that kind of campaign and given what trump did in two thousand sixteen I mean. I'm not sure there's any kind of rulebook anymore all politics all the Democrats have been running traditional campaign show up in Iowa for months and months. Let's go to all these town. Halls was with Warren with her cell. Fees hit every county burbs onto something with this strategy. Who knows what the one thing I will? Just keep going back to his. If it's just advertising right I don't care if he spends ten billion dollars on ads if he's not gonNA brings me to my next point so the the if the rules of a Democratic National Committee Hold Through Two Thousand Twenty Mike Bloomberg wouldn't even be able to participate in any of the televised debates because under those rules. You're supposed to I guess raise so much money in sort of a grass roots type movement. which he's already said he's not going to accept right up? He's not gonNA waste time trying to get donations for any any substitute for going toe to toe with the candidates for the American voter Just as an aside let me just say there's one refreshing thing about the fact that he's not trying to raise money when you you go to his website. You don't get a pop up very first thing. It says. Please donate money every other candidate you go to their website and you get the you know you actually want to find out what's going on with their candidacy. You gotta up get through that so you don't have to do that on Bloomberg site I think that These do you think the debates have been good. I think they've been entertaining Oh Oh you are glutton for punishment. They've also taught me more about who these candidates are because I didn't know much about Pete Budaj and Kamla Harris so I think in that respect. They sort of did their job for me because now I know who these folks aren't what they believe in. I guess that's a good point. I I'm not sure these debates count for very much For one thing we've seen Declining ending viewership. I mean For like the last four. It's just been going down down down. That just seems to suggest People are not generating rating interest or. They feel like if they've seen one they've seen enough and when I watched them I feel like having ten people on stage counterproductive because it all comes down to Joe Biden is going to get a thirty second sound bite on something. Is he going to slip up or not. I mean you actually the comes a point when you actually WanNa hear them say what they think. And there's just so rapid fire and they all have their prepared lines because they know they're only going to get a very limited amount of time speak Blah Blah So I'm seems to me being in. These debates is not a requirement for success in the past. He has to have another way though. Then maybe he will stump a lot and go to are these cities and shake hands with a lot of people I think Bloomberg needs to learn something from trump. Believe it or not What trump did in two thousand sixteen and continues to do The reason trump wanted twenty sixteen was because he did the best job of branding his campaign and his candidacy and he stuck to it. He was very consistent in his branding. He had a great slogan. Keep America make America great again. I'm sorry I'm getting mixed up with the new slogan I totally disagree with a lot of what trump stands for but he connected with voters Because he convinced them that I'm not the usual And I'm something different than I thought. I thought he had a very simple message. And this is the one thing. Trump is actually really good at in marketing and branding and putting on a show That is not something Bloomberg was has ever been known for. I mean he's sort of a technocrat. He's a pragmatist. More of the his name's on buildings to though just like tron. That's that's not enough. You know you know the for trumpets the prodigious use of twitter witter and when hold rallies he he just goes around the media. He doesn't he never requires the media. Or Elsie find friendly media to help him get his message out. So trump has found a way to go talk to voters in ways that suit his own interest in the aren't Governed by anybody else's rules and I think Bloomberg would would need to do something like that too and I don't know how how he would do it. I mean can I cannot see Mike Bloomberg holding rallies in stadiums. Oh don't be so sure. He's doing things that we may have never thought he'd do. I mean he just recently walked back. Stop and Frisk Policy and which is one of the things that could actually be a hurdle and I would imagine and if he gets to the debate stage they're going to punch a lot of holes in that they'll punch holes in whether he's there not a thing that's very true no one's actually going to be Taking Jabs at him unless he starts to rise in the polls so because they actually give credibility when they do start if if Bloomberg's not even on the stage and they're talking about Jim that's a sign of success..
"mike bloomberg" Discussed on Ballots and Dollars
"I'm Alexis Christoffersen. Today we are talking about Michael Bloomberg's presidential run who should fear his late entry into the race Moore the Democrats or Donald Trump. And of course I'm joined nobody. Rick Newman or nobody Off off the cuff. Who who fear him more the Democrats you think I? I don't know I mean I mean we're we're we're all puzzling this out so Within the Democratic field. He's most similar to Joe Biden He is a centrist. He socially liberal look liberal and a centrist So he does not want to attack Wall Street Just as Joe Biden Joe Biden says You know nobody needs to be punished. And that seems to be kind of where Bloomberg is coming from. So he's cozy with Wall Street. Obviously Muniz firm is a Wall Street firm basically He doesn't really seem to have a problem with business. The Way Elizabeth Warren does she. She wants to break up the big tech companies. He saying nothing about that. He did say We should have higher taxes on the wealthy so that's basically where all the Democrats stand He hinted where he stands on healthcare. Which is one of the biggest issues for Democratic voters He says If you can't get insurance you should be able to get it and if you have insurance sharing she likes you you should be able to keep it. So that's basically the public option idea again. That's Abidin idea and a pete. Buddha judge idea so Mike Bloomberg in terms of the front runners. He's very similar on policy to Joe Biden into people to judge but of course he has a very different background. So Biden is a you know. He's worked for the government almost his entire tire life. PG people to judge only thirty seven years old Bloomberg obviously made his money running starting and running a company he made tons of money worth fifty five billion dollar. I think trump is only worth three billion so that that probably nettles trump so We kind of know who Mike Bloomberg is what we don't know is. Is he going to connect with people and he's starting right out of the gate spending millions on ads single largest political advertising purchase in history. Thirty five million dollars for TV ads. And in fact I just saw his first one yesterday so hit the ground running but I think you make a great point you know. He was mayor of New York City offer for three terms. That is you know unprecedented right. I believe he will change so he could go for a third term right and so I think his reputation mutation I think he's thought of positivity here in New York City and he he has the reputation here in the city. But how will that translate nationally. You know there was this. Recent poll of Reuters Ipsos poll that found less than half the respondents even knew he was going to be a huge hurdle for him. It was just telling the folks this is who I am and this is what I've done that's right and in in polls Saying would you vote for him Given all the other Democrats I think he gets between one and two percent now that was before he actually jumped in and ran. So what what I think Could Happen here is You can spend a lot of money on advertising so that that will help with name. Recognition you can money can buy name recognition but money cannot buy a connection with voters. And I think that's the big difference so so His the he will more people will know his name. More people will begin to know a little bit about him but that's not going to necessarily endear him to voters and You know the way the kind of politics we have in this country. The reason that those politicians are all out in Iowa and they're going to be out there in the snow. Some of that memory in the snow last year here is because it does matter face-to-face contact matters stumbling matters right. He's Bloomberg even going to show up in some of these You know at some of these town halls or received just going to basically try to mail it in from a corporate. HQ in New York City. We don't know we'll right now. He's got a show. He cannot advertise your way the presidency that alone now oh and I can tell you it sounds like sour grapes from some of these Democrats Bernie Sanders Accuses Bloomberg of trying to buy the election. Warren this is a quote we need to build a grassroots movement. That's how Democracy is supposed to work really but you know let's be fair Bloomberg's answer to them. Is You guys suck as Canada's that's I mean pretty much and you can see I mean honestly you can see his point which is Elizabeth Warren she if she she's close to being the front runner to be the guy running against the person I should say running against Donald trump trying to beat him next November. Saying I WANNA take everybody's healthcare way healthcare insurance away. I mean that is even among people who don't like trump trump. I think Bloomberg's right I think if Elizabeth Warren is the nominee And I don't think Bernie Sanders has a chance but Elizabeth Warren does have a chance. I just think that's an untenable a position. As a general election makes you can earn volume moderates and independents by telling them that. But here's a thought will Mike Bloomberg Split the vote for the Democratic primary ticket such that he actually plays to Bernie Sanders or to Warren. We don't know and he doesn't know but that is a risky. T takes here. I don't know if it is because so here's what we know about his strategy. He is not going to do the usual traditional thing and spend a little bit of remaining time left before the first vote Go get cast. He's not going to focus on the early states. Iowa New Hampshire South South Carolina Those states don't have a lot of votes in the reason that candidates spent so much time there is momentum if you can win one of those states or come in You you know a tight second or third or have a surprise showing you generate momentum people say oh wow. This guy is connecting with voters. More than I realized that this woman But that's kind of the only reason the big vote the votes are all in the most populated states and that seems to be what what Bloomberg's going after so California has ten times as many any delegates as Iowa does New York State and Texas. I mean those are the those are the big. That's where the votes are so we might see that that kind of campaign and given what trump did in two thousand sixteen I mean. I'm not sure there's any kind of rulebook anymore all politics all the Democrats have been running traditional campaign show up in Iowa for months and months. Let's go to all these town. Halls was with Warren with her cell. Fees hit every county burbs onto something with this strategy. Who knows what the one thing I will? Just keep going back to his. If it's just advertising right I don't care if he spends ten billion dollars on ads if he's not gonNA brings me to my next point so the the if the rules of a Democratic National Committee Hold Through Two Thousand Twenty Mike Bloomberg wouldn't even be able to participate in any of the televised debates because under those rules. You're supposed to I guess raise so much money in sort of a grass roots type movement. which he's already said he's not going to accept right up? He's not gonNA waste time trying to get donations for any any substitute for going toe to toe with the candidates for the American voter Just as an aside let me just say there's one refreshing thing about the fact that he's not trying to raise money is when you you go to his website. You don't get a pop up very first thing that says please donate money every other candidate you go to their website and you get the you know you actually want to find out. What's going on with their candidacy? You gotta up get through that so you don't have to do that on Bloomberg site I think that These do you think the debates have been good. I think they've been entertaining Oh Oh you are glutton for punishment. They've also taught me more about who these candidates are because I didn't know much about Pete Buddhis- and Kamla Harris so I think in that respect. They sort of did their job for me because now I know who these folks aren't what they believe in. I guess that's a good point. I I'm not sure these debates count for very much For one thing we've seen Declining ending viewership. I mean For like the last four. It's just been going down down down. That just seems to suggest People are not generating rating interest or. They feel like if they've seen one they've seen enough and when I watched them I feel like having ten people on stage counterproductive because it all comes down to you know Joe Biden is going to get a thirty second sound bite on something. Is he going to slip up or not. I mean you actually the comes a point when you actually WanNa hear them say what they think. And there's just so rapid fire and they all have their prepared lines because they know they're only going to get a very limited amount of time speak Blah Blah So I'm seems to me being in. These debates is not a requirement for success in the past. He has to have another way though. Then maybe he will stump a lot and go to are these cities and shake hands with a lot of people I think Bloomberg needs to learn something from trump. Believe it or not What trump did in two thousand sixteen and continues to do The reason trump wanted twenty sixteen was because he did the best job of branding his campaign and his candidacy and he stuck to it. He was very consistent in his branding. He had a great slogan. Keep America make America great again. I'm sorry I'm getting mixed up with the new slogan I mean I totally disagree with a lot of what trump stands for but he connected with voters because he convinced them that I'm not the usual And I'm something different than I thought. I thought he had a very simple message. And this is the one thing. Trump is actually really good at in marketing and branding and putting on a show That is not something Bloomberg was has ever been known for. I mean he's sort of a technocrat. He's a pragmatist. More of the his name's on buildings to though just like tron. That's that's not enough. You know you know the for trumpets the prodigious use of twitter order and when hold rallies he he just goes around the media. He doesn't he never requires the media. Or Elsie find friendly media to help him get his message out. So trump has found a way to go talk to voters in ways that suit his own interest and aren't Governed by anybody else's rules and I think Bloomberg would would need to do something like that too and I don't know how how he would do it. I mean can I cannot see Mike Bloomberg holding rallies in stadiums. Oh don't be so sure. He's doing things that we may have never thought he'd do..