Rhode Island Governor Backs Mike Bloomberg for President


Bloomberg made a late entrance in the race for the Democratic nomination and has chosen to focus his campaign efforts on Super Tuesday when California and 13 other states will choose a Democratic nominee for president on March 3.

"He's the only one running who's actually run something".

As of Monday, Bloomberg had 220 full-time staffers in California, which will grow to 300 by the time the state votes, his campaign said. "More than any other candidate, we have the momentum".

While both Raimondo and Bloomberg have pledged to support any victor of the Democratic primary, Raimondo said she hopes voters understand that it won't be easy to defeat trump. "We need to get behind somebody who is a fighter, who has a track record of getting things done, and who can win against Donald Trump", Raimondo told those on hand during a Wednesday campaign event at the Wexford building in Providence.

"Governor Raimondo has been a trailblazer in Rhode Island".

The ad begins with a clip of Obama praising Bloomberg at a rally in 2013, saying he's "been a leader throughout the country for the past twelve years", as mayor of New York City, first as a Republican from 2001 to 2007, and then as an independent from 2007 to 2018, when he officially became a Democrat.

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Charlotte Clymer, a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campaign, a LGBTQ advocacy group, called Bloomberg's comments "deeply disgusting and disqualifying" and demanded an apology.

According to the Associated Press, Raimondo has referred to Bloomberg as her political idol in the past. That number is below Democratic rivals Joe Biden, Sanders and Warren, but above the likes of Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang and Amy Klobuchar.

Mr. Bloomberg has faced little resistance so far from other Democratic candidates, who have focused instead on jockeying for position against their rivals who are competing in the February primary and caucus states. The debacle at the Iowa caucus - typically seen as an important arena for candidates to gain momentum - could work in Bloomberg's favor.

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg arrives to a cheering crowd at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Beto O'Rourke made a similar campaign stop when he still was in the presidential race.

Mr. Bloomberg's campaign manager, Mr. Sheekey, said the former mayor was not inclined to clash directly with other Democrats, warning that such a conflict could weaken the party for the general election.

Jennifer Medina reported from Compton, Calif., and Alexander Burns from Des Moines.