The Democratic presidential candidates finally found something they could agree on -- slamming former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg for trying to “buy this election” and obscure from his history of allegations of racism, sexism, and discrimination.
Bloomberg, a longtime former Republican who registered as a Democrat in 2018, has spent more than $417 million to flood the airwaves with advertisements, leading to a steady rise in the polls.
Over the weekend, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg joined Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in criticizing Bloomberg for trying to “buy” an election.
“He thinks he can buy this election,” Sanders said during a rally in Nevada on Sunday. “Well, I’ve got news for Mr. Bloomberg — the American people are sick and tired of billionaires buying elections!”
He later joked that Bloomberg is “struggling, he’s down to his last $60 billion.”
“I think he cannot hide behind the airwaves and the money,” Klobuchar told CBS News on Sunday. “I think he has to come on the shows. And I personally think he should be on the debate stage.”
“I’m never going to beat him on the airwaves, but I can beat him on the debate stage,” she added.
Biden hit out at Bloomberg for flooding the airwaves with ads to obscure from his history on stop and frisk, sexism and discrimination at his company, and his blaming the 2007-08 financial crisis on banks lending black people money.
“$60 billion can buy you a lot of advertising, but it can’t erase your record,” Biden told NBC News on Sunday.
Warren also hit Bloomberg for his past comments.
“Anyone who is out there trying to blame African Americans for the financial crash of 2008...is not someone who should be representing our party,” she told MSNBC.
Buttigieg also joined in.
“Look, this is a time where voters are looking for a president who can lead us out of the days when it was just commonplace or accepted to have these kinds of sexist and discriminatory attitudes,” he said. “Right now, this is our chance to do something different.”