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Politics Bernie Sanders laughs at idea of Jeff Bezos floating Michael Bloomberg's presidential run

13:05  10 november  2019
13:05  10 november  2019 Source:   desmoinesregister.com

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Bernie sanders blasts michael bloomberg at iowa rally: 'You ain't gonna buy this election'. At that point Sanders interjected. Sanders has been critical of Jeff Bezos in the past, over the treatment of his employees, and takes credit for getting Amazon to raise its minimum

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg earlier this year and asked him if he was interested in running for president , according to Recode. Bernie Sanders , the two most left-leaning candidates in the race. Bloomberg , who would likely run as a moderate, is

CORALVILLE, Ia. — When U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders learned Saturday that Amazon owner Jeff Bezos reportedly asked fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg about running for president, Sanders couldn’t contain his laughter to speak.

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was in Iowa campaigning for Sanders, jumped in while Sanders composed himself.

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Bernie Sanders had something to say about reports that billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to enter the presidential Bloomberg is poised to enter the race and file paperwork for the Alabama primary by the end of this week. Visit Business Insider' s homepage for

Bloomberg told Bezos no at the time, according to a person briefed on the phone conversation. But it’ s easy to imagine that a man worth more than 0 billion wouldn’t mind a new business-minded presidential opponent to Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders .

“Of course!” she said in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “They’ve got class solidarity. The billionaires are looking out for each other. They’re willing to transcend difference and background and even politics.

"The fact that Bill Gates seems more willing to vote for Donald Trump than anyone else tells you everything you need to know about how far they’re willing to go to protect their excess, at the cost to everyday Americans.”

Sanders jumped in to joke that the two billionaires make for their own “strong grassroots movement.”

“Jeff Bezos, worth $150 billion, supporting Mike Bloomberg, whose worth only $50 billion, that's real class solidarity,” Sanders said with a chuckle. “I’m impressed by that grassroots movement. We on the other hand have had over a million people contribute to our campaign, in millions of individual contributions averaging $16 a piece. That's what we get from working class people. So a little bit different approach to politics.”

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Bloomberg has not yet formally declared a run . He could still easily decide against the idea . The prospect of a Bloomberg run does not seem to trouble Trump, who pitched in with a characteristically mean-spirited comment, telling reporters: “There is nobody I’d rather run against than little Michael .”

Michael Bloomberg ’ s renewed interest in running for president seems motivated in large part by intellectual and emotional hostility to the prospect of an Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders nomination. But — to the extent that the billionaire philanthropist manages to garner any support at all

a man holding a microphone: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during campaign rally, Saturday, Nov., 9, 2019, at the Coralville Mariott Hotel and Conference Center, in Coralville, Iowa.© Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during campaign rally, Saturday, Nov., 9, 2019, at the Coralville Mariott Hotel and Conference Center, in Coralville, Iowa.

On the campaign trail, Sanders frequently says that Amazon raised its starting wage to $15 an hour after pressure from him.

Earlier Saturday, at a Des Moines summit on the climate change crisis, Sanders criticized billionaires deciding to run for president just because they have tremendous wealth. He didn’t name Bloomberg then, but made his point clear in an interview. Extreme wealth inequality, coupled with lack of regulation — like unlimited political spending allowed under the Citizens United Supreme Court decision — is seeping deeper into politics via things like the “absurdity” of Bloomberg pondering a run, he said.

"He's deciding because he is worth $50 billion, he's going to run for president of the United States,” Sanders said. “He doesn't have to worry about coming into Iowa, he doesn’t have to worry about going to New Hampshire or Nevada or South Carolina. He's just going to spend, I suspect, hundreds of millions of dollars in media in California because he's a billionaire. So that's the corruption of the political system based on the kind of massive wealth inequality that exists right now."

Bloomberg ready to spend 'whatever it takes' to become president

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Michael Bloomberg said he wouldn’t run for president in March. But he appears to have changed his mind in the face of the rise of progressives Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and the perceived weakness of the more centrist Joe Biden.

Mr Bloomberg had said back in March he wouldn't run , but has been toying for weeks with the idea of seeking the White House after all, according to The move is the first clear sign that Bloomberg , long touted as a possible US presidential candidate, is getting ready to battle it out to take on President

Sanders brought up Bloomberg when tying his “Green New Deal” — the stated theme behind Ocasio-Cortez’s visit to Iowa — to a broader "class war" Sanders sometimes describes on the campaign trail.

"When you talk about class warfare within the context of climate change, like Alexandria was just saying, the fossil fuels industry makes billions of billions of dollars in profits every single year, and the people who suffer the most are often lowest income people. But it's not just low income people. Family farmers in Iowa and agriculture in Iowa is going to be suffering.”

Bernie Sanders standing next to a woman: Sen. Bernie Sanders, a current Democratic presidential candidate hopeful, stands alongside U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Drake University in Des Moines.© Bryon Houlgrave/The Register Sen. Bernie Sanders, a current Democratic presidential candidate hopeful, stands alongside U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Drake University in Des Moines.

The “Green New Deal” would create “millions of good paying jobs while we save the planet for our children,” Sanders promised. The $16.2 trillion proposal, spread over 10 years, aims to fundamentally remake the economy around renewable energy and decarbonization.

Trump mocks Bloomberg as 'little Michael,' predicts he won't do well in 2020 race

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While Bloomberg has flirted with presidential runs in the past, usually as an independent candidate, this time around is seemingly the closest he' s ever gotten to actually doing it, as the Times notes Bloomberg has never before actually taken the step of filing to put his name on the ballot.

A political adviser for Michael Bloomberg tweeted on Thursday that the former Democratic mayor of New York City is considering running for president Bloomberg said in March that he would not run in this election cycle and would instead offer financial support to candidates and causes of his choice.

Ocasio-Cortez, a lead sponsor of the “Green New Deal” in Congress, agreed with the class war framework. Oil companies knew in the 1970s that carbon emissions would lead to global temperature increases, she said, and prioritized profits over being part of the solution.

"The climate crisis is not impacting all of us equally,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It's happening along class lines, so I think it's important to acknowledge the essential classism in the issue and how it's impacting us."

This story has been updated to include context about the "Green New Deal."

Nick Coltrain is a politics and data reporter for the Register. Reach him at ncoltrain@registermedia.com or at 515-284-8361. Your subscription makes work like this possible. Subscribe today at DesMoinesRegister.com/Deal.

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