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Politics Biden New Hampshire backers fret over Bloomberg candidacy

20:25  10 november  2019
20:25  10 november  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Michael Bloomberg , founder of Bloomberg LP, seen in a file photo from the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Names being floated as potential candidates include former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and former U.S. attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr.

Bloomberg submitted the documents in Alabama to meet the state’s early filing deadline of Friday. Several other states, including New Hampshire , have filing deadlines as early as next week. Trump said Friday that Bloomberg ’s candidacy would hurt the chances for former Vice President Joe Biden .

NEW LONDON, New Hampshire The prospect of Michael Bloomberg jumping into the 2020 Democratic fray is alarming supporters of Joe Biden, who see the former vice president's decades-long Oval Office quest getting upended by the billionaire businessman's open wallet.

Joe Biden holding a sign: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden waves before leaving the stage after speaking at the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Manchester, NH.© (Robert F. Bukaty/AP) Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden waves before leaving the stage after speaking at the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Manchester, NH.

"I pray to God, every night, that this won't hurt Biden," said Peggy Bell, 85, at a Saturday campaign event for the 36-year Delaware senator. "I don't think he's weak, it depends on where the polls are from. I've followed him for years. Look at what he did with Barack [Obama]. Bloomberg has nothing in comparison to that."

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The ex- New York City mayor is concerned the current field of candidates is not good enough to beat Donald Trump in the At a campaign fundraiser in Boston on Thursday, Mr Biden did not address Mr Bloomberg 's potential candidacy . New Hampshire 's filing deadline is next week, on 15 November.

Mr. Bloomberg on Friday took the first step toward a candidacy , filing paperwork to qualify for the ballot in Alabama. His looming entry into the race has underscored its fluidity while presenting the threat of a centrist competitor to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Bloomberg's looming presidential candidacy is effectively a vote of no confidence in Biden's chances, amid slipping poll numbers and slack fundraising. Bloomberg, New York City mayor for 12 years starting in 2002, would reportedly spend "whatever it takes" to win the Democratic nomination and fall 2020 fight against President Trump. With an estimated net worth of $53 billion, Bloomberg expects that he can ignore the first four primary states and instead flood airwaves with advertisements in hopes of scoring a series of wins on Super Tuesday, March 3, when more than a dozen states and entities vote.

Bloomberg to pass on Iowa, NH, focus on Super Tuesday states

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In New Hampshire , where Mr. Biden and the businessman Andrew Yang were at the statehouse on a frosty day, filing paperwork to be on the state’s primary ballot, voters mostly shrugged about Mr. Bloomberg , with a few grousing about a bloated field getting bigger.

Political analysts said a Bloomberg candidacy might cut into Biden 's centrist support but Barack Obama's two-term vice president dismissed any such concerns. AFP / Joseph Prezioso Former vice president Joe Biden registers to take part in the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire .

Recent polling shows Biden's support among Democratic voters precipitously falling in early nominating contests such as Iowa and New Hampshire. His campaign has all but conceded it may not see a win until South Carolina, the fourth state to vote in the Democratic primary season. That strategy has been criticized as untenable by a number of Democratic strategists, particularly as his campaign runs short on cash.

At the end of the last quarter, Biden's campaign had just under $9 million in the bank with a burn rate that many Democrats found unsustainable. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the two other Democratic front-runners, ended the quarter with $33.7 million and $25.7 million, respectively.

Bloomberg, 77, has not declared his candidacy, but filing to run in Alabama's primary on Super Tuesday is a strong indication he's leaning toward doing so. New Hampshire's own filing deadline is Friday.

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Political analysts said a Bloomberg candidacy might cut into Biden 's centrist support but Barack Obama's two-term vice president dismissed any such concerns. AFP / Joseph Prezioso Former vice president Joe Biden registers to take part in the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire .

Joe Biden says he welcomes the possibility of a Democratic presidential campaign from billionaire Michael Bloomberg . Speaking to reporters Friday after filing for the New Hampshire presidential primary, the former vice president said, "Michael's a solid guy, and let's see where it goes.

Biden, 76, on Friday, greeted news of Bloomberg's likely entry politely, telling reporters, “I welcome him in the race. Michael’s a solid guy. So, let's see where this goes."

Supporters of Biden, making his third presidential run after flops in the 1988 cycle and 2008 race, weren't as magnanimous about Bloomberg's White House ambitions.

Bloomberg has "already said he's not going to be campaigning in New Hampshire, so we're deeply insulted," Steve Root, 70, a securities lawyer, told the Washington Examiner. "This whole thing seems like Ross Perot to me, but I guess a lot of people think Joe can't get over the finish line."

Eric Boyer, 40, a self-described moderate Democrat and a political science professor at Colby-Sawyer College, was skeptical of Bloomberg's chances.

"I don't see a path to the nomination," Boyer told the Washington Examiner. "It just doesn't seem like the moderate lane needs another candidate."

Some Democrats, despite being ardent Biden supporters, sounded more like backers of Sanders, a socialist, or Warren, 70, running as a left-wing populist, in blasting a potential Bloomberg run.

Michael Bloomberg won't file for New Hampshire primary

  Michael Bloomberg won't file for New Hampshire primary There is no word yet on whether the former mayor plans to file to appear on the ballot in other states with early contests: Iowa, Nevada and South CarolinaFormer New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is still deciding whether to run for president but will not appear on the primary ballot in New Hampshire. Bloomberg does not plan to file to be on the ballot for the Democratic contest as in the first-in-the-nation primary in the Granite State, an aide familiar with his plans tells CBS News. The New Hampshire filing deadline is Friday.

Dismayed by Biden ’s stumbles and with campaign cash to burn, the former New York mayor dreams of the White House again. Serious questions hang over any Bloomberg run. That indicates that nerves over stuttering centrist candidates reflect a nervousness among the political elite, not actual

How a Bloomberg candidacy affects Biden , Warren. If Bloomberg does enter the 2020 race — it’s not a done deal yet — it would put “A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer in Iowa privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing his White

"We don't need any more billionaires," Steven Foster, 60, a musician who has committed himself to Biden, told the Washington Examiner. "He thinks he's going to outshine Biden? Biden has way more experience. You need someone who is going to be strong. We already have a billionaire in the White House and look what's going on now."

That view echoes comments by Sanders, 78 on Sunday, who labeled Bloomberg's presidential aspirations "the arrogance of billionaires" and accused the entrepreneur-turned-mayor of trying to buy the election.

But the fretting over Bloomberg's chances may be premature.

A MorningConsult poll released Sunday morning found only 4% of Democratic voters nationwide support his candidacy, while nearly 25% of likely primary voters view him unfavorably. That's unfavorable rate is higher than any other Democrat running.

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