Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg arrives to speak at a campaign event in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Mike Bloomberg’s new campaign tactic backfired on Friday after Twitter took action against 70 of his accounts, which were accused of “platform manipulation.”

Twitter has permanently suspended some accounts while restricting or challenging others, which have been spamming pro-Bloomberg content on the site. This came after the campaign hired hundreds of temporary employees to cross-promote identical content on the biggest tech platforms.

While Twitter has said the campaign strategy violated its company policies, Bloomberg’s team has yet to respond.

The 2020 hopeful’s momentum has also stalled in the race for the White House following a lackluster performance during Wednesday’s debate. According to a Friday poll, Bloomberg has fallen into third place.

The former New York City mayor is still registering double-digit support at 17 percent, yet his post-debate dip was the largest of any candidate.

Bloomberg and rival Elizabeth Warren continue to spar over non-disclosure agreements, which was a hot topic this week.

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Report: Bloomberg accusers too scared to speak out on alleged harassment due to legal backlash

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a campaign event, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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A number of women accusing Democrat presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg of sexism and sexual harassment have said they want to speak out, but are afraid of possible repercussions.

According to recent reports, non-disclosure agreements (NDA) restrict the women from saying anything bad about their former employer. The NDA’s are tied to about 17 lawsuits which have claimed Bloomberg made crude and sexist comments about women as well as fueled that culture within his company.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and other opponents of Bloomberg targeted him on that issue during the most recent Democrat debate in Las Vegas, Neveda.

“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against; a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians,” Warren stated. “So, Mr. Mayor, are you willing to release all of those women from those nondisclosure agreements so we can hear their side of the story?”

Although the consequences to breaking the NDA’s have not been revealed, those close to the matter have described them as being “deeply serious.” Meanwhile, Warren does not appear to be backing down when it comes to Bloomberg’s non-disclosure agreements.

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CNN contributor says Democrats targeting Bloomberg was ‘tactically really dumb’

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A CNN contributor has questioned some Democrat presidential candidates’ strategies ahead of the Nevada caucus. Democrat strategist Paul Begala ripped Wednesday night’s Democrat debate to shreds, calling it a “gift to Bernie Sanders.”

He noted back-to-back hits were directed at former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg instead of the party’s front runner, Sen. Sanders (D-Vt.).

“It was a rough night for Mike Bloomberg,” said Begala. “Man, Elizabeth Warren just gutted him like a flounder on Long Island Sound.”

Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., gestures during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The former adviser for Bill Clinton went on to say that this was the Democrats’ one chance to stop Sanders from winning Nevada. He argued they instead went after “a guy who’s not on the ballot.”

“We are two days away from the voting in Nevada and they attacked a guy who’s not on the ballot,” stated Begala. “It was, I thought, tactically really dumb for the Democrats.”

He concluded by saying President Trump will likely be happy with these results.

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Steyer hits Bloomberg on ‘racist’ policies in new campaign ad

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The wide open race for the Democrat presidential nomination has become increasingly more divisive on the airwaves.

Tom Steyer launched a multi-million dollar ad ahead of Super Tuesday, which took aim at fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg. In the video, the businessman accused Bloomberg of implementing what he called “racist policies” during his tenure as mayor of New York City.

The 60-second ad included a clip of Bloomberg’s 2008 comments in which he blamed the financial crisis on the end of redlining. The discriminatory housing practice was used to deny credit to people often based on their race. It also featured his 2015 comments supporting the controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

The fiery ad came ahead of Super Tuesday, which is set for March 3rd, when voters in several states like California and Texas will cast their ballots.

Meanwhile, the Real Clear national polling average has Bloomberg in third place with roughly 16 percent support, while Steyer has less than 3 percent support.

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Buttigieg would accept Bloomberg’s money for campaign

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Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has said he would accept money from campaign rival Michael Bloomberg. During a town hall event on Tuesday, the former South Bend mayor was asked whether he believes Bloomberg is trying to buy the Democrat nomination.

Buttigieg answered ‘yes’ and added Bloomberg’s refusal to campaign in early primary states is a sign he is unable to humble himself to voters.

However, he confirmed he is still open to accepting campaign contributions from the billionaire if he were to win the Democrat nomination.

“I’m not gonna reject that help because it came from a very wealthy person. This is the moment to bring everybody that we can into this effort. I promise exactly one thing in return for any contribution, which is, we’re gonna take that contribution and use it to go beat Donald Trump.” – Pete Buttigieg, (D) Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana

Buttigieg went on to criticize Bloomberg’s approach by claiming the billionaire’s ability to use his own funds to circumvent the campaign process, “shows you what’s wrong with our system.”

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during a campaign event at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

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Democrats expected to slam Bloomberg in debate

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A Democrat presidential candidate will be stepping into the debate ring for the first time in more than a decade. On Tuesday, Mike Bloomberg qualified for Wednesday’s Democrat debate in Las Vegas. However, the former New York City mayor is expected to face serious heat from his fellow candidates.

Bloomberg’s Democrat opponents have a number of debates under their belt and a person working on his campaign recently said their team is concerned with the billionaire’s lack of experience in that arena. His campaign said it’s expecting to receive a lot of negative attention from other candidates.

For instance, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Miss.) took to social media Tuesday to blast Bloomberg for being an “egomaniac billionaire,” who allegedly bought his way into the debate.

However, Bloomberg’s senior campaign adviser suggested this is not the case. In a recent interview, Timothy O’Brien promised the former New York City mayor would release his tax returns and sell his company if he’s elected.

“There will be no confusion about any of his financial holdings, blurring the line between public service and personal profiteering,” he stated. “We will be 180 degrees where Donald Trump is on these issues.”

Meanwhile, Bloomberg’s biggest rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), could potentially benefit from his late entrance in the debate. According to Business Insider, candidates are expected to shift their attention off Sanders and onto Bloomberg.

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to hundreds of people on the campus of the University on Nevada, Reno, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, before leading several dozen on a two-block march to the student union to cast their ballot on the final day of early voting ahead of Saturday’s presidential caucuses. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Bloomberg will not be on the ballots for Nevada’s caucuses, which are set to be held this Saturday. He will prepare for Wednesday’s debate for now, which will be a crucial battle ahead of Super Tuesday on March 3rd.

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Bloomberg campaign: Sanders main rival in primary race

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Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign said it sees Bernie Sanders as the main opponent in upcoming primaries.

In a statement Tuesday, the Bloomberg campaign claimed the former mayor now holds a strong second place in nationwide polling, while other Democrats are stagnant or declining.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during his campaign launch of “Mike for Black America,” at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Campaign officials said, only Bloomberg and Sanders are able to deliver a serious number of delegates on Super Tuesday.

A new poll from NPR, PBS and Marist suggested Sanders is supported by 31 percent of likely Democrat voters, while Bloomberg has 19 percent support.

The Bloomberg campaign also said Joe Biden continues to lose voter confidence after poor performance in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Mike Bloomberg under fire for jabs at senior citizens and farmers

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to supporters Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg was under fire for comments he’s made, this time about the elderly and farmers. Current and past comments by the former New York mayor have been gripping the media for his apparent jabs at both senior citizens and farmers.

It began with a video of Bloomberg speaking on health care Sunday. He claimed health care will bankrupt us if we don’t begin turning away the elderly.

“If you show up with prosthetic cancer and you’re 95 years old, we should say go and enjoy, live a long life. If it’s a young person, we should do something about it.” stated the former New York City mayor.

Following those remarks, Bloomberg said society isn’t ready for that yet.

Later, a video from 2016 re-surfaced that showed Bloomberg giving an address at the University of Oxford’s School of Business. The one hour speech covered topics such as leadership and equality in the workplace. The topic that raised red flags across the nation was Bloomberg’s take on the farming industry.

“I can teach anybody in this room to be a farmer, its a proccessy,” stated Bloomberg.

The former New York City mayor claimed he could teach anyone in the lecture hall to farm, despite having no experience in the industry himself. He quickly summarized modern agriculture saying, “dig a hole, put a seed, put dirt on top, up comes the corn.”

Bloomberg went on to compare farming to information technology, saying IT requires more “grey matter,” which is a different skill set not everyone can learn.

“Now comes the information economy fundamentally different,” stated the presidential candidate. “It’s a skill set a lot more grey matter, not clear teachers can teach student can learn.”

The remarks have been met with major backlash from both sides of the aisle who have said Bloomberg is sorely out of touch with the agriculture industry, which is a vital part of the nation’s economy.

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Top White House official: Bloomberg abused “stop-and-frisk”

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters during his visit in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Khadejeh Nikouyeh/News & Record via AP)

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A top White House official said Michael Bloomberg abused the “stop-and-frisk” policy during his years as New York City’s mayor. Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short said in an interview Sunday, “stop-and-frisk” was enforced fairly under Bloomberg’s predecessor Rudy Giuliani.

However, Short said under Mayor Bloomberg, the number of arrests of African-Americans significantly increased. This came after President Trump criticized Bloomberg for his version of “stop and frisk,” despite supporting the policy in general.

Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian associate of Rudy Giuliani who is awaiting trial on charges that he made illegal campaign contribution, walks out of federal court, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mariela Lombard)

Short claimed Bloomberg took the policy to the extreme.

“The president has said under Rudy Giuliani he thought ‘stop and frisk’ was applied legitimately.” stated Short.

Bloomberg has repeatedly apologized for alleged racial profiling as part of “stop and frisk,” but he insists the policy helped bring down crime rates in New York.

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Bloomberg accused of ‘racism’ over redlining comments

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg poses for photographs with supporters during his campaign launch of “Mike for Black America,” at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Mike Bloomberg is facing new accusations of racism due to his remarks in defense of so-called ‘redlining.’ A resurfaced video from 2008 shows Bloomberg stating that the decision to prohibit ‘redlining’ caused the mortgage meltdown and global financial crisis at the time.

‘Redlining’ was a banking practice of denying loans to residents of impoverished neighborhoods. Bloomberg argued banks could not return their loans as a result of the push for social justice.

Some critics have said this latest controversy, along with Bloomberg’s recent apologies for stop-and-frisk policies, could derail his campaign’s outreach to left-leaning, non-white voters.

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Bloomberg called for people to support President Trump in 2017

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A recently resurfaced interview from 2017 revealed presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg supported President Trump just a few years ago.

During his interview on The View, Bloomberg told viewers that even if they didn’t vote for the president, they should get behind him. He said, “In the end, the public has spoken, whether you like the results or not.” He added “we’re a democracy” and that “we need this country to run well.”

Bloomberg went on to praise President Trump’s 2016 campaign, noting that he didn’t have to spend a lot of money during the race.

“Maybe it shows all the money in the world can’t buy an election,” he said. “Donald Trump showed that you can get elected President of the United States without spending a lot of money.”

This undated image provided by Mike Bloomberg’s campaign shows a scene from the Bloomberg’s 2020 Super Bowl NFL football spot. (Mike Bloomberg 2020 via AP)

Meanwhile, Bloomberg has already dropped millions of dollars on advertisements for his own 2020 campaign.

Screengrab of Mike Bloomberg advertisements on Facebook.

Reports this week showed the former New York mayor spent an average of $1 million per day in January on Facebook ads alone.

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Bloomberg boosts advertising budget to $300M after being excluded from Iowa

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to supporters Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Michael Bloomberg has been rising in polls despite being excluded from Democrat debates, caucuses in Iowa and the New Hampshire Primary. His strong performance came after a series of attacks by other Democrat candidates.

The former New York City mayor responded to the latest criticism from other 2020 Democrats by pointing out that he’s the only candidate who offers an agenda strong enough to compete with President Trump’s achievements.

This came after Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren took aim at Bloomberg and accused him of using his own money to finance his campaign. The far left duo also blamed Bloomberg for having too much money in the first place.

“And I guess if you’re worth $55 billion, you can get the rules changed for debate,” said Bernie. “So to answer your question, I think that that is an absolute outrage and really unfair.”

On the other hand, Bloomberg believes what’s really unfair is that he found himself in a rare situation of being excluded from Democrat debates as well as the recent caucuses in Iowa and this week’s primary in New Hampshire.

Nonetheless, the former New York mayor appears to have finally secured himself a spot at the upcoming Democrat debates in Las Vegas after a massive surge in polls. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, Bloomberg is supported by 15 percent of likely Democrat voters. This puts him in third place as most popular, trailing Sanders and Joe Biden.

“Sanders is pretty far left and Joe is more middle of the road,” stated Bloomberg. “..my polls are going up and their polls are going down, so I don’t know why they keep that strategy, but I think each of us have to make the case to the voters.”

As a way to do just that, Bloomberg has recently ramped up advertising across the U.S. He has spent a total of $300 million on television and social media ads. The former New York City mayor is particularly targeting Texas and California, where voters will head to polls on March 3.

While acknowledging the importance of fair competition, Bloomberg said he will not embark on reciprocal attacks against his Democrat rivals. His rising chances in the Democrat race also add to the worries of Joe Biden’s campaign that struggled to maintain the trust of donors after his dismal performance in Iowa.

The deepening disarray in the Democrat field is prevalent, while voter sympathies are still uncertain.

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Leaked 2015 audio reveals Bloomberg defending NYC stop-and-frisk policies

FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to supporters, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

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Newly leaked audio of billionaire presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has gone viral after he can be heard acknowledging New York City’s stop-and-frisk policies, which unfairly target minority communities.

The clip is reportedly from a 2015 speech at the Aspen Institute. Recordings from the event were previously blocked from distribution by Bloomberg representatives.

The former New York City mayor stated, “95 percent of murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. (modus operandi)…they are male minorities 16-to-25 (years of age).”

Bloomberg then defended placing more officers in minority neighborhoods by suggesting “that’s where the crime is.”

The Bloomberg campaign has not yet responded to the audio leak, but it has defended his position on stop-and-frisk in the past. The campaign previously said his intention was to reduce gun violence, but have since realized he may have been wrong for that past policy stance.

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NRA, Democrats reject Bloomberg Super Bowl ad

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Billionaire presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg’s Super Bowl ad campaign is facing scrutiny from both sides of the aisle. The former New York City mayor’s ad on Sunday was meant to promote gun control and was blasted by NRA activists as well as some Democrats.

The ad in question references a 2013 case in which 20-year-old George Kemp was fatally shot in front of a home in Fullshear, Texas. It received backlash almost immediately after it aired with the NRA posting people’s responses to it.

According to Breitbart News, a top DNC strategist has also spoke out against the ad by saying Bloomberg acts like he’s the only Democrat candidate working to tackle gun violence.

All-in-all, Bloomberg spent $10 million to put his ad in the Super Bowl.

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President Trump criticizes Mike Bloomberg, DNC

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President Trump said 2020 hopeful Mike Bloomberg is being used by the DNC to rig the Democrat primaries. In a series of tweets on Saturday, President Trump noted that Bloomberg is part of the leftist media and said nobody trusts him anymore.

Reports from last year called out his company, Bloomberg News, for being biased after they decided to not investigate the former mayor. President Trump said this decision was made because the he is “too boring,” which is something the president has stressed since Bloomberg first announced his bid.

“Little Michael will fail. He’ll spend a lot of money. He’s got some really big issues, he’s got some personal problems and he’s got a lot of other problems. I know Michael Bloomberg fairly well. He will not do very well, and if he did, I’d be happy.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

In a second tweet, President Trump noted how Bloomberg is spending a ton of money on campaign advertisements even though “he’s going nowhere.”

This undated image provided by Mike Bloomberg’s campaign shows a scene from the Bloomberg’s 2020 Super Bowl NFL football spot. (Mike Bloomberg 2020 via AP)

Rather than trying to nab the Democrat nomination, the president said Bloomberg is “working with the DNC to rig the election against Bernie Sanders, which was something they wouldn’t do for Cory Booker and others.”

On Friday, the DNC stated it would remove its fundraising thresholds from debate qualifications, which would give Bloomberg a second chance on stage. He is self-funding his campaign and has failed to meet fundraising qualifications for past debates.

In one more tweet, the president emphasized Bloomberg has been negotiating his spot in the Democrat primaries. He joked that Bloomberg is also trying to negotiate “the right to stand on boxes during the debates” in order to appear taller.

The 2020 presidential hopeful has since called President Trump a liar and dismissed his accusations.

“I stand twice as tall as he does on the stage, the stage that matters,” said Bloomberg. “This is what happens when somebody like me rises in the polls, the other candidates get scared.”

In this Jan. 20, 2020 photo, former New York City Mayor, and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg walks with supporters along the route of the Little Rock “marade” marking the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)

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Bloomberg warns ‘Medicare-for-all’ would reelect Trump, pitches plan to build on ObamaCare

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg slammed his Democratic presidential primary rivals on Thursday for their “Medicare-for-all” proposals, claiming their plans are “more likely to reelect Donald Trump” than they are to bring health insurance to more Americans.

Bloomberg, who was speaking at a library in Memphis, Tenn., was announcing his own health care proposal when he tore into the “Medicare-for-all” plans being pushed by fellow candidates such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

“We don’t need Medicare-for-all proposals that are more likely to reelect Donald Trump than expand coverage,” Bloomberg said.

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Bloomberg instead proposed a “Medicare-like public option” that would be administered by the federal government but paid for by customer premiums. The plan would first target uninsured, low-income residents in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

The billionaire businessman also wants Medicare to include an optional policy covering dental, hearing and vision care, and to require all states to cover oral health services for adults in Medicaid, along with capping out-of-network charges at 200 percent of Medicare rates.

“My proposal will build on what works, President Obama’s Affordable Care Act [ACA],” Bloomberg said. “We'll make sure that people who like their private insurance can keep private insurance, while also providing coverage to the uninsured.”

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Additionally, Bloomberg’s own proposal calls for lengthening the sign-up period for buying health insurance through the ACA, which has been shortened under President Trump from 90 days to 45 days. If elected president, he would defend ObamaCare as it faces a lawsuit brought by Texas and other states threatening to overturn the health care law, the candidate added.

“During his first two years in office, the number of uninsured people in America increased by two million,” Bloomberg said of President Trump. “Today thanks to Donald Trump, more Americans do not have insurance, more Americans have to decide between going to the doctors or putting food on the table.”

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He added: “The president has never proposed a plan to cover the 20 million people who would lose coverage” by scrapping ObamaCare.

The former New York City mayor’s health care plan also would require all insurance plans to meet the standards set under the ACA such as covering maternal care and preexisting conditions.

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To pay for the plan, Bloomberg said that the proposal would cost approximately $1.5 trillion over 10 years and would be offset by policies that lower costs, including capping provider payments, ending surprise medical bills, negotiating drug prices and reforming Part D. He said some of the funding would also come from the existing federal budget.

His campaign said that more details on how he plans to pay for the plan will be released in the coming weeks.

Bloomberg’s plan is similar to ones proposed by some of the more moderate Democratic presidential hopefuls such as former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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Biden’s plan calls for expanding the ACA — the signature health care law created during then-President Barack Obama’s administration in which Biden served as vice president — along with pushing to add a “public option” that would allow people to select a government health insurance plan, while others could continue using their private insurance.

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“I understand the appeal to Medicare-for-All. But folks supporting it should be clear that it means getting rid of Obamacare. And I’m not for that,” Biden said over the summer. “I was very proud the day I stood there with Barack Obama and he signed that legislation.”

Buttigieg's health plan would offer a public option that includes automatic and retroactive enrollment for anyone without a private plan.

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Bloomberg jabs at Biden: ‘He’s never been the manager of an organization’

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Mike Bloomberg is once again taking aim at his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. But this time, he’s specifically criticizing former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner in national primary polling.

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"He's never been the manager of an organization, he's never run a school system,” the former New York City mayor and multi-billionaire business and media mogul said of Biden during an interview recorded Wednesday with MSNBC.

"The presidency shouldn't be a training job," Bloomberg added. "You need somebody who comes in and knows how to run an organization."

Referring to the entire field of roughly 15 remaining Democratic White House hopefuls, Bloomberg said: "I don't think any of them have the experience.”

Bloomberg regularly touts his private and public sector resume, which includes co-founding the business media giant Bloomberg LP, serving three terms as mayor of the nation’s largest city, and funding and organizing advocacy efforts in battling gun violence and trying to combat climate change.

Biden – who like Bloomberg is 77 – also highlights his experience, which includes nearly four decades in the U.S. Senate and eight years serving as vice president under President Barack Obama.

Fox News reached out to the Biden campaign, but they declined to respond to the verbal sniping from Bloomberg.

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Bloomberg flirted with a White House bid at the beginning of the year — but with Biden gearing up for a presidential run, he decided against launching a campaign at the time because he felt he and the former vice president would split the center-left Democratic vote.

But with Biden now battling other top-tier contenders Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts as well as South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Bloomberg jumped into the race late last month. He said that he was concerned none of the current candidates could defeat President Trump in next year's election.

Explaining two weeks ago in an interview with CBS' This Morning why he launched a White House bid with just two months to go until the start of the primary and caucus nominating calendar, Bloomberg said: “I watched all the candidates and I thought to myself, 'Donald Trump would just eat them up'.”

“Let me rephrase it. I think that I would do the best job of competing with him and beating him,” added Bloomberg, who’s already spent more than $100 million of his own money to run TV ads for his presidential campaign.

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Bloomberg calls for closing all coal-fired power plants to combat climate change

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Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is calling for a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions over the next 10 years to battle climate change.

To achieve that goal, the former New York City mayor and multi-billionaire business and media mogul on Friday unveiled a plan that would shutter all 251 remaining coal plants across the country by 2030 and replacing them all with clean energy. He would also phase out gas-fired power plants.

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At a speech in Alexandria, Va., Bloomberg highlighted his goals – ensuring 80 percent clean electricity by the end of his second term in the White House, and moving the country toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045 or 2050.

Among the first steps Bloomberg says he’ll take if he’s elected president would be ending all subsidies for fossil fuels, implementing stringent carbon and health pollutant standards for new gas plants, and putting a halt to construction of a new generation of fossil power plants.

Bloomberg also pledges to prioritize communities that have suffered most from coal pollution or have been left behind in the transition to clean energy.

In announcing his plan, Bloomberg is taking aim at President Trump, criticizing the GOP incumbent for a lack of commitment to tackling climate change.

“The president refuses to lead on climate change, so the rest of us must. I’ve been all-in on this fight for more than a decade – and having helped close more than half the nation's dirty coal plants, having cut New York City's carbon footprint by 14 percent, having led a coalition of cities, states, and businesses committed to the Paris Agreement, I know that we can win,” Bloomberg said.

“We’ve proven that you can transition to clean energy and strengthen the economy at the same time. As president, I'll accelerate our transition to a 100 percent clean energy economy,” he said.

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Trump vowed to save the coal industry as he campaigned for president in the 2016 election. The president’s had mixed success in the White House in following through on his pledge.

But openly targeting the industry remains politically risky in certain swing states, including Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Bloomberg’s poured millions of his own money to fund the effort to fight climate change.

The candidate, who’s made the issue a central pillar of his presidential campaign, spoke in person at the beginning of this week at a United Nations global climate conference in Spain, while the official U.S. delegation kept a lower profile at the gathering.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg teamed up with former Gov. Jerry Brown in California as part of the efforts of America's Pledge, a coalition of governors, mayors, governors, leaders in the business world, and others focusing on meeting global climate goals.

Climate change has been one of the leading issues in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. It was a top issue for Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, who dropped his White House bid earlier this autumn. And it's a top issue for current candidate Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmental and progressive advocate and organizer.

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Bloomberg releases letter from doctor saying he’s in ‘outstanding health’

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Bloomberg takes swipe at fellow Democratic candidates; Republican political strategist Ashlee Strong and Democratic strategist Kevin Chavous react.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the oldest candidates in the 2020 presidential race, released a letter from his doctor Thursday that stated he is in "outstanding health."

"Mr. Bloomberg is a 77-year-old man in outstanding health," Dr. Stephen D. Sisson of Johns Hopkins wrote in a medical report. "There are no medical concerns, present or looming, that would prevent him from serving as president of the United States."

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Sisson disclosed that Bloomberg is treated for arthritis and heartburn but says both are "well-controlled." The letter added that Bloomberg takes a blood thinner to treat atrial fibrillation and another medication to control his cholesterol.

"On an annual basis, Mr. Bloomberg undergoes thorough health examination and testing at Johns Hopkins, most recently in July 2019," wrote Sisson, who has been providing Bloomberg medical care for "decades."

The release of Bloomberg's medical records comes less than three weeks after he announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

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Fellow candidates Joe Biden, 77, and Bernie Sanders, 78, have not yet released their medical records. Biden has promised to release his "before there's a first vote." Sanders, who had a heart attack this year, says his health records will be released by the end of the year.

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Bloomberg’s mega-money ad blitz not buying primary voters’ love

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Bloomberg takes swipe at fellow Democratic candidates; Republican political strategist Ashlee Strong and Democratic strategist Kevin Chavous react.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has spent nearly $100 million of his own money on an unprecedented coast-to-coast ad blitz since launching his Democratic presidential campaign late last month.

But a new poll indicates the eye-popping figure – per ad-buy tracker Advertising Analytics – isn’t paying off immediately for the billionaire businessman and media mogul.

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Bloomberg stands with a 40 percent favorable and 39 percent unfavorable rating among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters in a Monmouth University national poll released Tuesday. His 1 percentage point net favorability pales in comparison to his top rivals for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts stands at 76-15 percent favorable-unfavorable in the poll, for a net positive 61 points. By that same measurement, former Vice President Joe Biden is at a 56-point net favorability, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is at 53 points, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is at 35 points.

And Bloomberg's rating is well underwater among crucial independents, and registered voters as a whole. His popularity is lower than President Trump's; while the president has a favorable rating of 46 percent among registered voters, Bloomberg's is just 26 percent.

“Bloomberg said he got into this race because he wants to defeat Trump, but his campaign kicks off with even lower ratings than the incumbent. That is not the most auspicious start, but views of Bloomberg are not as deeply held as they are for Trump, so he has room to shift those opinions,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

Bloomberg flirted with a White House bid at the beginning of the year — but with Biden gearing up for a presidential bid, he decided against launching a campaign at the time because he felt he and the former vice president would split the center-left Democratic vote. But with Biden, once the unrivaled front-runner, now battling other top-tier contenders, Bloomberg jumped into the race on Nov. 24.

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Explaining in an interview with CBS "This Morning" last week why he launched a White House bid with just two months to go until the start of the primary and caucus nominating calendar, Bloomberg said: “I watched all the candidates and I thought to myself, 'Donald Trump would just eat them up'.”

Bloomberg is skipping the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina – which kick off the presidential nominating calendar in February. Instead, he’s concentrating on the delegate-rich states that hold contests in March, and beyond.

Biden stands at 26 percent support nationally in the race for the nomination, according to the new poll, with Sanders at 21 percent and Warren at 17 percent. Buttigieg is at 8 percent support, with Bloomberg at 5 percent, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota at 4 percent, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 3 percent, and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey at 2 percent. Seven other candidates stood at 1 percent or less.

The poll didn’t help Yang qualify for next week’s sixth round Democratic presidential primary debate. Yang remains one poll shy of reaching the thresholds to make the stage at the Dec. 19 showdown.

Candidates must reach at least 4 percent in four surveys recognized as qualifying polls by the Democratic National Committee, or 6 percent in two polls in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

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Yang has already reached the other qualifying criteria – individual contributions from at least 200,000 individual donors.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii also remains one poll shy of qualifying for the debate – but she stood at less than 1 percent in the poll. On Monday, Gabbard announced that she wouldn’t attend the debate even if she qualifies. The candidate said instead, she’ll meet with voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted Dec. 4-8, with 903 adults nationwide questioned by live telephone operators. The sample included 384 voters who identified as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party. The margin of error for questions of those voters is 5 percentage points.

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