Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the next debate between Democratic candidates for the White House, the first time he will face the rivals he has avoided so far by ignoring the primaries in the first states and using his personal fortune to campaign By television.
A new NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist poll published on Tuesday gives Bloomberg 19% of the Democratic votes in the primaries.
The former mayor of New York, who began his campaign in November, will participate in Wednesday’s debate in Las Vegas along with former vice president Joe Biden, senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg. Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer hopes to qualify.RELATED
The Bloomberg campaign said it looks like “a swell of support across the country” and that the classification to Wednesday’s debate “is the most recent sign that Mike’s plan and his ability to defeat Donald Trump finds echo in more Americans. “
“Mike is looking forward to joining the other Democratic candidates on stage and explaining why he is the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump and unite the country,” campaign director Kevin Sheekey said in a statement.
According to the survey released on Tuesday, Sanders heads the vote intention in the Democratic primary with 31%, followed by Bloomberg with 19%, Biden 15%, Warren 12%, Klobuchar 9% and Buttigieg 8%. Steyer has 2%, the representative Tulsi Gabbard less than 1% and there are 5% undecided.
The telephone survey of 527 Democrats and independent philosophers was conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. The margin of error is plus or minus 5.4 percentage points.