Sanders accuses Bloomberg of trying to ‘buy’ Democratic nomination

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is joined on stage by 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)

Days ahead of the Nevada caucuses, several Democratic presidential candidates focused criticism on former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is running for the party’s nomination but not contesting the state.

“He thinks he can buy this election,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said of Bloomberg, a billionaire financial news publisher. “Well, I’ve got news for Mr. Bloomberg — the American people are sick and tired of billionaires buying elections!”

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg also went after Bloomberg for New York City’s “stop-and-frisk” policy and his treatment of women, although Buttigieg said there was “no comparison” between Bloomberg’s alleged behavior and President Trump’s treatment of women and people of color.

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