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Politics Sanders says presidential rival Bloomberg will not excite voters

13:55  16 february  2020
13:55  16 february  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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LAS VEGAS - Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Saturday Mike Bloomberg would not generate the " excitement "The simple truth is that Mayor Bloomberg , with all his money, will not create the kind of excitement and energy we need to have the voter turnout

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LAS VEGAS - Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Saturday Mike Bloomberg would not generate the "excitement and energy" needed to win the White House, focusing on a rival still not fully participating in the race.

a person standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada© Reuters/SHANNON STAPLETON FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada

"The simple truth is that Mayor Bloomberg, with all his money, will not create the kind of excitement and energy we need to have the voter turnout we must have to defeat Donald Trump," Sanders said at a Democratic party gala.

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Sanders, eager to build momentum after winning New Hampshire and a photo-finish for first place in Iowa, mentioned only the billionaire former New York City mayor among his competitors in a Las Vegas speech. He was critical of Bloomberg's stances on minimum wage laws, policing, taxing the rich and regulating Wall Street.

Nevada will hold on Feb. 22 the next contest in the state-by-state race to pick a Democratic opponent for Republican President Trump in November's election.

Bloomberg was not at the event in Las Vegas and is not competing in Nevada. He is choosing instead to focus on states that vote starting on March 3's "Super Tuesday," including Virginia, where Bloomberg campaigned on Saturday. His campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside of normal working hours.

Sanders doesn't think Bloomberg should be in next debates

  Sanders doesn't think Bloomberg should be in next debates Sanders has been critical of Bloomberg using his wealth to run for president since he entered the race. When asked to respond to a recent Quinnipiac University poll with black voters that put Bloomberg and former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of him, Sanders expressed confidence in his support from minority communities."I don't know what the most recent poll has, but we are doing very, very well with minority communities, both African-American and Latino," he said. "A lot of politicians go from the top on down. That's what Bloomberg is about. He's spending hundreds of millions of dollars.

Michael R. Bloomberg , who for months quietly laid the groundwork to run for president as an independent, will not enter the 2016 campaign In a forceful condemnation of his fellow New Yorker, Mr. Bloomberg said Mr. Trump had run “the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I

Bloomberg 's rivals have accused him of trying to buy the Democratic nomination. Maxine Waters defended Mike Bloomberg 's right to self-finance his presidential campaign Thursday on CNBC, suggesting the billionaire's own money was not much different from money raised by other candidates.

Sanders' remarks appeared dismissive of other candidates who did speak at the forum. They included former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who raced Sanders to a photo finish in the Iowa caucus and trailed him only narrowly in New Hampshire earlier this month.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized Sanders, though not by name, in his own speech for Sanders' prior support of a law shielding gun manufacturers from some liability for mass shootings.

Earlier in the day, Biden taped an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" where he said Sanders should "disown" some supporters for aggressive attacks on the senator's critics.

Most of the other candidates avoided confrontations despite just a week until Nevada's caucus.

"The bad news is, after more than 100,000 selfies, I picked up somebody’s cold," candidate Elizabeth Warren told the crowd, her voice cracking and barely audible. "The good news is, 'nevertheless she persists.' I'm on this stage tonight because I am a fighter."

Early voting started in Nevada on Saturday, with 11,800 Democrats participating. One party official characterized turnout as higher than expected.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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