The billionaire Democrat officially jumped into the presidential race on November 24. In his announcement, he took a swing at Trump, saying that he’s running “to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America.”
Bloomberg said, “We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions.”
During his first press conference on Monday, Bloomberg said, “I think that there is a greater risk of having Donald Trump re-elected than there was before.”
He continued to say that he “looked in the mirror and said, ‘I just cannot let this happen.'” The Democratic presidential hopeful later added, “I think I know how to beat him.”
See Bloomberg’s comments below:
In his first press conference as a presidential candidate, Michael Bloomberg gave his thoughts on the current Democratic contenders: "I think that there is a greater risk of having Donald Trump re-elected than there was before." https://t.co/LNWFaiyGzI pic.twitter.com/5YGbFo6crE— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 26, 2019
Additionally, Bloomberg’s 2020 campaign manager Kevin Sheekey told CNN on Monday that the campaign is focused on defeating Trump.
“Right now, Donald Trump is winning,” Sheekey said, adding, “He is winning that election.”
“It’s very tough for people who don’t live in New York or California to understand that, but that is what’s happening. So, listen, Mike was doing everything he could from the sidelines and he finally decided it wasn’t enough to sit on the sidelines and he needed to do what he could to alter that dynamic.”
Watch the video below:
Kevin Sheekey, Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign manager: "The general election is in six states… Right now, Donald Trump is winning. He is winning that election." pic.twitter.com/aMkn5z85eP— The Hill (@thehill) November 26, 2019
As Bloomberg geared up to enter the presidential race, he spent roughly $30 million on advertisements for this week.
The loads of cash being thrown at ads is staggering compared to some of his 2020 Democratic political rivals. According to The New York Times, as of Friday evening, in comparison, Tom Steyer spent $1.2 million and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spent roughly $200,000 on this week’s ads.
The former New York City mayor’s big-spending has drawn criticism from some of his political rivals, as Warren blasted him at an event on Monday, saying, “Michael Bloomberg is making a bet about democracy in 2020. He doesn’t need people, he only needs bags and bags of money. I think Michael Bloomberg is wrong.”
“That’s exactly what’s now in play in 2020 – which vision, which version of our democracy is going to win. If Michael Bloomberg’s version of democracy wins then democracy changes,” Warren added. “It’s going to be which billionaire you can stomach.”
Bloomberg is among 17 other Democrats looking to win the party’s nomination, who are aiming to take on Trump in 2020.