Washington – Democratic candidates who hope to revive their weakened campaigns are increasingly targeting billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who they accuse of wanting to buy their ticket to the White House and call into question their commitment to racial equality.
After their mediocre performances in Iowa and New Hampshire, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden took the lead in the attacks on Bloomberg.
Former Vice President Biden said on the popular ABC show “The View”: “I don’t think you can buy an election.” Senator Warren recalled Bloomberg’s statements in 2008 that ending a discriminatory practice in homes helped provoke an economic downturn.RELATED
Biden and billionaire Tom Steyer also joined forces to attack Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-titled social democrat who won New Hampshire and tied in Iowa with Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Biden said Sanders has failed to explain where the funds for his “Medicare for all” plan will come from, which would replace private health insurance with government insurance. Medicare is the US government medical assistance program for the elderly.
Steyer said that “refusal to tell us how your plan will pay adds unnecessary financial risk to enshrining the right to health for all people.”
“You have to give all the facts” to the voters, Steyer said.
The attacks reflect the remarkably fluid state of the internal Democratic race after the first two states, which usually reduce the number of precandidates.
White House suitors try to dent the message of Bloomberg, former mayor of New York, who flooded TV waves with millions of dollars in advertising and could be admitted to the debate next week. Additionally, the delayed try to show that they still have the strength to continue in the race despite a path that is increasingly uphill.
Warren told The Associated Press on Thursday that he has raised $ 6 million since the Iowa party assemblies on February 3, an amount that would be the best answer to the questions of whether he will continue campaigning given the disappointing results recorded so far.
“There is a lot of foam,” he said. “It will be a long process.”
One of the reasons is that moderates have trouble finding a candidate. Biden argues that he is the most apt to defeat President DonaldTrump in November, but his mediocre performance in the first two states contradicts him.
Now his campaign to the primary of February 29 is played in South Carolina, the first state with an important black population, but before the candidates will face on February 22 at the Nevada party assemblies.
Senator Amy Klobuchar, a moderate candidate whose campaign exceeded expectations in New Hampshire, is in Nevada to try to maintain momentum.